Languages of London Go Live at Language Show

Languages of London, Language Show 2010

A new book mapping the languages of London’s schoolchildren and highlighting the richness and diversity of the 233 languages used in the capital is unveiled for the first time at this year’s Language Show at Earl’s Court.

All the major languages of the world are represented in London and the language capital highlights the value of this important resource for London’s future as a key global player. It also reveals how this enormous potential can be harnessed and developed.

Teresa Tinsley, Director of Communications of CILT,  the National Centre for Languages said, “London enjoys an incredible advantage in having English in combination with such a wide range of other languages used by millions of people around the world. We need to do more to capture the potential of this linguistic talent to create a generation of highly-competent, globally connected bilinguals capable of mediating between different cultures and competing in global markets.”

The book contains a wealth of data alongside 29 pages of full-colour maps illustrating the way London’s languages have changed and how communities in the capital have evolved over the last decade.

Building on the groundbreaking research of Multilingual Capital, published in 2000, it is a vital reference book for specialists and non-specialists alike. Pre-launch copies will be available at the show.

CILT, the nationally recognised centre of expertise on languages will be at the Language Show on stand 411 throughout the three days offering a wide range of support and information on services for teachers, learners, and businesses. Visitors to the stand will have the opportunity to sign up for a free trial to CILT Plus, a new service which provides primary schools with unique access to a host of language-learning resources and online training. They will also be invited to sign the ‘Languages Work Pledge’ – a campaign for businesses and individuals to show their support for improving the nation’s language skills for employment and the economy.

The stand will also be showcasing the latest online tool for schools: MYLO, a free interactive way for youngsters from 11 to 16 to learn and practice their languages.

CILT staff will also be hosting seminars on raising students’ motivation to continue learning languages they speak at home, and on how schools can compete for the ever popular European Language Label.

The STAR Team

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