The Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry

Those of us who were at Language World earlier this year will remember the inspiring keynote talk by Charlotte Ryland, from the Translation Exchange and the Stephen Spender Trust. She really enthused the audience with the creative teaching possibilities of poetry...

An important message from our Chair of Trustees

Dear Colleagues, In light of the rapidly changing circumstances and advice around Covid-19, the decision has been taken by ALL Management Board to cancel or postpone all events, workshops or seminars up to Easter 2020 (12th April 2020) with immediate effect. We will...
Hong Kong Poet inspires Mandarin beginners

Hong Kong Poet inspires Mandarin beginners

This term, Year 4 pupils at Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich took part in the Southbank Centre’s ‘China Changing Festival’ schools’ poetry project with a workshop from Jennifer Wong, a renowned poet from Hong Kong. After listening to Ms Wong read some of her poems...
Language skills are ‘more vital than ever’

Language skills are ‘more vital than ever’

Language skills are ‘more vital than ever’ if the UK is to remain ‘outward looking’ and ‘open for business’ in the run up to Brexit, new British Council research has revealed. In a survey of over 2,000 UK adults, the majority saw the ability to speak foreign languages...
Withdrawal of GCSE and A level exams in small-entry languages

Withdrawal of GCSE and A level exams in small-entry languages

Exam boards choose not to redevelop GCSE and A level exams in small-entry languages With the introduction of new GCSE and A level specifications for languages from 2016 (for French, German and Spanish – 2017 for other languages) – some exam boards have announced their...

Should Mandarin be taught in UK schools?

Seemingly the revelation of celebrities’ interest in teaching their children Mandarin has sparked up the debate whether it would be beneficial for the language to be taught in UK schools.   In 2010 it was announced that British Government would train 1,000...

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