Published Friday, 17 September 2021
An exciting new initiative celebrating the importance of speaking different languages is set to be launched.
Coventry, City of Languages will be officially launched on October 8, from 3-5pm.
It is a result of work by two practising Modern Languages teachers to raise the profile of languages in the UK.
The Coventry, City of Languages vision has 4 main aims:
- to recognise and celebrate all languages spoken in Coventry,
- to improve language teaching and learning with the aim of improving the take up of languages at GCSE and beyond,
- to upskill primary school non-specialist teachers
- to promote the importance of languages for work
The initiative has support from Coventry University, The University of Warwick, Coventry MPs and councillors, the British Council, cultural institutes, schools, Coventry City Council and local businesses.
Cllr Dr Kindy Sandhu, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “This is a really exciting and important project. Being skilled in languages can unlock so many opportunities in life.
“Coventry is such a diverse city with a wonderful variety of languages so it seems like the perfect place to become City of Languages.”
The launch event will celebrate all languages, both heritage languages and additional languages, with representation from Early Years education through to post-degree language learning, as well as adult learning and languages for the workplace.
It will incorporate the first of a yearly awards ceremony for promising linguists, young interpreters, teachers and those using languages for business. There will be performances, a marketplace, special guests and speakers, and the event will be officially opened by Zarah Sultana MP.
For more information, to nominate someone for an award, or to book your free ticket, please visit https://www.covlanguages.org/