A ground-breaking policy workshop aiming to break the “vicious circle of monolingualism” in the UK was held at Cambridge University on 30 October, featuring representatives of government, education and key organisations including the British Academy and the British Council.
A National Languages Policy workshop was held at Murray Edwards College in Cambridge, supported by the University of Cambridge in partnership with Speak to the Future and UCML. The aim of the event was to map where the responsibility for language policy sits within UK government and to promote joined-up thinking and greater dialogue between policymakers, academic researchers, and practitioners.
The workshop, convened by Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett of Cambridge University’s Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, and chaired by Baroness Coussins, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages and President of Speak to the Future, brought together representatives from different Whitehall departments ranging from the Ministry of Defence to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as well as from the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, to examine the current situation in the UK regarding languages, and discuss plans for the future.
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