Valuing and developing community languages: What role politicians?
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Valuing and developing community languages: What role politicians?

Valuing and developing community languages: What role politicians?

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Parliament: House of Lords, Committee Room 2.

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Q&A Panel Discussion organised by the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Nottingham

It is estimated that between 3000 and 5000 Supplementary and Community Language Schools offer extra-curricular mother-tongue language learning opportunities to children across the country. In Nottingham alone, 13 schools address the needs of approximately 1400 children from a range of communities.

As well as raising awareness of the valuable contribution that these schools make to the lives of children, community cohesion and the national stock of language skills, the panel will outline the many challenges they face. The speakers will also identify the steps politicians and others can take to support Supplementary and Community Language Schools in the future.

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Pupils and teachers from Nottingham’s Community Language Schools will showcase the work of their schools.

David Evans (DHE Solutions Ltd) will set the scene by exploring both the historical roots of Supplementary and Community Language Schools and the impact they are having on pupils and the cities within which they are located, in particular, Nottingham.

Professor Nigel Vincent (British Academy) will speak about the British Academy’s role in promoting the work of Supplementary and Community Language Schools.

Pascale Vassie, Executive Director of the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Schools will explain the work of her organisation and set out what she thinks government can do to ensure long-term sustainability of Supplementary and Community Language Schools.

Nia Griffith MP of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages will chair the discussion

Please note that you will be emailed an entrance ticket, which you will have to print off and bring to Parliament to gain entry on the day of the event.

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