CILT Cymru’s mission for a multilingual Wales continues
22 September 2011
CILT Cymru, who are now happily settled in their new home at WJEC, have been busy preparing for various upcoming events as part of their aim to promote a greater national capability in languages.
A Family Fun Day to celebrate the European Day of Languages will be held at the Wales Millennium Centre on Saturday 24 September with activities including language and cultural taster sessions, stories from around the world and school performances.
The day will offer families the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the many languages spoken in the world today and to become aware of the advantages of learning new languages.
This year is the 10th anniversary of The European Day of Languages which is celebrated annually in over 45 countries on or around 26 September. Set up by the Council of Europe in partnership with the European Commission, it was first celebrated in 2001.
Following revelations that the UK is bottom of the league for language learning in Europe, CILT Cymru will also be at the Senedd between 11.00am and 1.00pm on Tuesday, September 27 with their five steps to restore the fortunes of Modern Foreign Languages in Wales.
Ceri James, Director of CILT Cymru, which is organising the event as part of its ‘Routes into Languages’ initiative, said:
“We want to highlight the fun and enjoyment of language learning, and demonstrate the multilingual talent we have here in Wales. The event will be a reminder that the rich tapestry of world culture would be threadbare without the diversity of languages around us. It has been said that languages are like the windows of a house. Each one offers a different perspective on the world outside, and at the same time allows more light to enter the interior. The European Day of Languages is an occasion when, as a bilingual nation, we can link to the wider multilingualism in Europe and beyond”.
For further information please contact:
Dafydd Wyn, Communications Officer
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