We took the occasion of the European Day of Languages in September to celebrate and encourage language learning among young people: Gary Lineker, former national football player and ambassador for the #languages4schools initiative announced 11 winning schools all over the UK who will receive 30 language-learning course licenses for a year.
Congratulations to the 11 schools who put language at the top of the curriculum this year: Haverstock School, City of Leeds School, Arden School, Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School, Manchester Enterprise Academy, Smithycroft School, Bellahouston Academy, Manchester Academy, Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, Temple Moor High School Science College and Brampton Manor Academy!
Gary Lineker says: “Languages can be useful for everybody. From a personal point of view, in my life it has given me huge possibilities a) to converse and b) not to feel embarrassed when I go abroad. And it is hugely self-satisfying, too. If we could get this over to kids, this would be great!”
Gary continues: “Obviously having all the facilities to learn languages today, like those offered by Rosetta Stone, is terrific. It is a good start, yet, we have to find more ways to generate interest for languages among kids.”
Here is Gary’s tip on how we can encourage young children to learn languages: “It always helps if you tell them how languages helped you! It is great if I can converse in another language when abroad. Languages not only give greater options professionally, but it is also hugely satisfying – I just had a twitter conversation with Gerard Piqué the other day, which was cool,” Gary adds.
Read more about our #languages4schools launch event in the Guardian.