Festival of Languages
The Festival of Languages, hosted by the Modern Language Centre on 31 October 2011, was very well received by King’s staff, students and external clients. The purpose of the event was to celebrate language and cultural training at King's, and to highlight the intellectual, social and professional benefits derived from language learning.
Attendants sampled delicacies from different countries, practised their skills in multi-cultural workshops, engaged with language specialists, and took part in a cultural quiz.
Distinguished speakers explained how language learning had enhanced both their professional and personal lives in careers as diverse as Diplomacy, Medicine, and Research. Dr. David Gould spoke about his experience of studying on our Portuguese via Spanish course and the advantages of learning languages to those in the medical profession. View the talk online.
Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director for The Globe Theatre, spoke about the forthcoming launch of the Globe to Globe Festival in April, a unique project staging 37 Shakespeare plays in 37 different languages. Dr Jane Jones, Head of Modern Foreign Languages Teacher Education in the Department of Education & Professional Studies at King’s, gave a refreshingly personal overview of her career as an educationalist.
The presentations were followed by entertainment and an informal drinks reception.
Next year the Festival of Language will form part of the Arts & Humanities Festival at King's.