The National Centre for Languages (CILT) have announced the launch of a national campaign to raise awareness of the importance of language learning across the UK. It was launched on Friday 24th September which was the European Day of Languages.
On this day schools across the UK take part in a range of different activities to demonstrate the importance of learning languages. Over 40 countries across Europe joined in to celebrate multi-culturalism through music, drama, dancing, poetry, bilingual board games, and even using Twitter for language learning.
CILT says “The Languages Work Pledge is an online campaign for businesses and individuals to sign up and show their support for improving our nation’s intercultural and language skills for employment and the UK economy.” You can find the link to the pledge here Languages Work Pledge
The idea is that by signing the pledge, employers, schools and others can keep up pressure on the government to keep the idea of language learning right up there on the agenda. CILT have always stressed the importance of developing intercultural skills and foreign languages regularly quoting research which shows increasing numbers of companies are looking for employees with language skills and multicultural experience.
The Times Higher Education in a rcent article respond even more strongly and make a request to our Prime Minister (acknowledging he can speak French and his deputy 5 languages) “No longer is it acceptable for the UK’s political class to float into international encounters in a unilingual bubble”.
At UIC we continue to see a massive rise in take up for our foreign language classes – this year an increase of something like 40% on previous years. Whether you want to learn French in London, or Japanese in London, or one of the other languages we regularly teach (Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese) then you might be interested to know we have classes starting regularly – usually every month – and this can be a simple and interesting way to re-start your language learning (or to continue it).