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Aston students face to face with language policy

22 October 2001

Aston students face to face with language policy

A GROUP of four students from the School of Languages & European Studies took part in Face to Face, a prestigious national conference debating the development of language policy for a multilingual society, at the International Convention Centre on 10th October.

The national event was organised by the Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research (CILT) as part of the European Year of Languages.

Introducing Emily Palmer, Stephen Benbow, Sophia Mohammed and Nilesh Mistry, all final year language students at Aston, the Chair of the CILT governors, Stephen Jones commended Aston University's current project investigating attitudes to the study of languages among ethnic minority students. The Aston undergraduates spoke about the benefits of the direct face to face experience of using the language skills they have learnt at university during their placement year abroad. They were confident these skills would prove invaluable in their future life and careers.

Delegates at the conference responded with enthusiasm to the undergraduates' frank accounts of the excitement and personal benefits of meeting new people and using their language skills in a new cultural environment.

Emily Palmer also participated in an hour-long panel discussion talking about languages for the 21st century. This session was chaired by Tony Male, the government's National Executive Advisor for Languages.

Professor Anne Stevens, Head of the School of Languages & European Studies said: "At Aston our emphasis on communication and contemporary culture in French and German gives our students a wonderful basis for their placement year abroad and their future careers."

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