Breaking Barriers in Language Learning - conference

  • Breaking Barriers in Language Learning - conference

A national conference promoting foreign languages is being organised by Nottingham Trent University.

Breaking Barriers in Language Learning will highlight language learning as a way to boost self-esteem and tolerance among disadvantaged groups.

It is part of the Coda initiative, a one-year project being implemented by a consortium of five European institutions, and funded by the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme.

It builds on two previous initiatives led by Nottingham Trent University and is based on the assumption that all EU citizens should have access to language learning.

The conference – for teachers, teacher trainers, educators, social care providers and government and non-government bodies – will highlight the value of language learning and successful teaching methods for disadvantaged groups.

Nottingham Trent University’s Clodagh Cooney, manager of the East Midlands Network for Languages and the Coda project, said: “Learning a foreign language can help boost self-esteem, confidence, communication skills, tolerance and social cohesion.

“During the conference, we will be demonstrating to the people who work with marginalised groups and to decision makers just how important this can be as well as offering practical advice and support.”

The event takes place on January 22 at Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton Street, Nottingham, and costs £65 plus VAT. For further information and booking details email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or telephone 0115 848 4127.