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Support unsung heroes: community-based language learning and teaching

Support unsung heroes: community-based language learning and teaching
Support unsung heroes: community-based language learning and teaching
This chapter suggests that the UK has the potential to jump-start its capacity for language skills if it supports the language knowledge held by its community groups. Community-based language teaching and learning is widespread across the UK but relies heavily on volunteers and charitable work to survive. The chapter includes a case study of community languages in Southampton, which is typical of the situation across much of the UK. The creativity, innovation and collaborative nature of community-based classes and supplementary schools offers a vision of how language skills and cultural knowledge could be built up and embedded across society. It concludes that learning lessons from community-based language classes can help the UK to meet the challenges and realise the opportunities of an interconnected and globalised future.
185-194
Palgrave Macmillan
Borthwick, Kate
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Kelly, Michael
Borthwick, Kate
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Kelly, Michael

Borthwick, Kate (2018) Support unsung heroes: community-based language learning and teaching. In, Kelly, Michael (ed.) Languages after Brexit: How the UK Speaks to the World. Cham. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 185-194. (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-65169-9_16).

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Abstract

This chapter suggests that the UK has the potential to jump-start its capacity for language skills if it supports the language knowledge held by its community groups. Community-based language teaching and learning is widespread across the UK but relies heavily on volunteers and charitable work to survive. The chapter includes a case study of community languages in Southampton, which is typical of the situation across much of the UK. The creativity, innovation and collaborative nature of community-based classes and supplementary schools offers a vision of how language skills and cultural knowledge could be built up and embedded across society. It concludes that learning lessons from community-based language classes can help the UK to meet the challenges and realise the opportunities of an interconnected and globalised future.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 20 October 2017
Published date: 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 418592
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/418592
PURE UUID: 02ab6f70-7444-4aca-86d3-e0e6327be743
ORCID for Kate Borthwick: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2251-7898

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Date deposited: 12 Mar 2018 17:30
Last modified: 04 Aug 2020 01:36

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