Speak to the Future Symposium in association with Rosetta Stone

 

Speaking to a Global Future

10.00 – 16.30 Friday 13 October 2017 at the Language Show London, Business Design Centre 52 Upper Street, Islington N1 0QH

 

Can Brexit work for Britain?  Will future success depend on stronger language skills?  How can languages and cultural understanding improve our health, wealth and happiness?

Join award-winning journalist, Rosie Goldsmith, in conversation with government officials, national leaders and international experts to find out.

Speak to the Future, the national campaign for languages and Rosetta Stone invite you to the fifth annual symposium addressing key issues of language policy relating to education, employment and wider society.  As the country prepares for a global future, we are facing uncertainties affecting all areas of public life.  Can challenges become opportunities?  What should be our next steps?

Speak to the Future and Rosetta Stone welcome the following influential and inspiring figures to share their insights and unique perspectives on the importance of languages and intercultural understanding to Britain’s progress. The symposium will include major talks, panel discussion and live question and answer sessions where delegates can share their views and put their questions to the panel.

 

Symposium 2017: Speaking to a Global Future

Speakers include – 

Caroline Wilson, Director Europe, Europe Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Dr Adam Marshall, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce

Charles Clark, Partner Consultant Linklaters LLP

Richard Hardie, Senior Adviser, UBS Ltd

Ann Carlisle, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Linguists

Panos Kraniotis, Regional Director Europe, Rosetta Stone

Dr. Thomas Bak, University of Edinburgh

Dr. Dina Mehmedbegovic, University College London

Dr. James Anderson, Goldsmiths University

Dr. Vicky Macleroy, Goldsmiths University

Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett, University of Cambridge

Professor Katrin Kohl, University of Oxford

Pascale Vassie OBE, Executive  Director, National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education

Teresa Tinsley, Director Alcantara Communications

Vicky Gough, Languages Adviser, British Council

Mark Herbert Head of Schools Programmes, British Council

Bernardette Holmes MBE, Campaign Director, Speak to the Future

British Council Language Ambassadors

 

To reserve your place at the 2017 Symposium, kindly drop an email detailing your interest to LanguageShow@upperstreetevents.co.uk . Priority registration will be open until Monday 2 October 

 

Speaking to a Global Future – Full Programme Details

10.00 – 16.30 Friday 13 October 2017 at the Language Show London, Business Design Centre 52 Upper Street, Islington N1 0QH

 

9.30   Registration

 

9.45   Introduction and Welcome

Bernardette Holmes MBE  Campaign Director Speak to the Future

 

10.00  Keynote address

The importance of languages and cultural understanding cross-Whitehall

Caroline Wilson Director Europe, Europe Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Panel 1: How can Brexit work for Britain? Is there an increased need for languages and intercultural skills post-Brexit? Does success post-Brexit require a wider range of languages and different kinds of skills in diplomacy, security and business?

Rosie Goldsmith  Broadcaster and Journalist will be joined by a panel of influential and inspiring figures who will share their insights and unique perspectives on the importance of languages and intercultural understanding to Britain’s progress. Panellists include:

Caroline Wilson Director Europe, Europe Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Dr Adam Marshall Director General, British Chambers of Commerce

Charles Clark Partner Consultant Linklaters LLP

Ann Carlisle Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Linguists

Panos Kraniotis Regional Director Europe, Rosetta Stone

Time will be given to questions from the audience

 

11.15 Coffee

 

11.30  What kind of skills does Britain need now? A vision for international education for the 21st century

Vicky Gough Languages Adviser British Council will bring together a range of stakeholders including head teachers and language students from school and university who will put forward and illustrate a practical and inspiring vision for languages and international education

Time will be given for questions from the audience

 

12.15  Is Monolingualism making us ill? What does the latest research tell us?

Dr Thomas Bak neuroscientist and Co-Director of Bilingualism Matters University of Edinburgh

Dr Dina Mehmedbegovic Institute of Education, University College London

Originally, our brains were designed to be multilingual, managing two or more languages easily. Neuroscientist Thomas Bak reckons that, like sedentary lifestyles and an unhealthy diet, the monolingualism that has come with modern society has its consequences. Research has shown that speaking only one language makes our thinking skills decline faster as we age and can actually make us more vulnerable to dementia in later life. So why aren’t public health campaigns addressing this? Should Fitbits be monitoring our speech as well as our steps? Thomas and Dina will be sharing their cutting edge research on how languages in the brain can lead to healthier and happier individuals and societies.

 

13.00 Lunch and networking

 

14.00 Multilingual learning through interactions with museum artefacts: uncovering stories, reconstructing identities

Dr James Anderson and Dr Vicky Macleroy Goldsmiths University

Museum artefacts are potent resources for language-and-culture learning as they both contain and invite stories. In turn stories take us from the familiar to the unknown and from our own perspective to that of the other, capturing the in-betweenness of evolving identities. In this talk Jim and Vicky report on a new set of resources developed as part of Goldsmiths Critical Connections II project in collaboration with the British Museum and the Museum of London. The languages concerned are Arabic, Bengali, Chinese and Greek. Drawing on a thematic approach to language learning, important pedagogical aspects will be explained and exemplified through different activities. This approach can be adapted to suit any language taught in mainstream school or in supplementary school.

 

14.45 Break

 

15.00 Time for a new national conversation?  Educating the ‘Born Global Generation’, what needs to develop and change?

Bernardette Holmes MBE Campaign Director of Speak to the Future will orchestrate an interactive discussion with the audience about languages education for the future.  With input from the panel, the audience will be invited to ask and answer key questions addressing languages policy, inclusion, curriculum innovation, well-being, employability and more.  This is the opportunity for fresh thinking, as we consider how to shape the future direction for languages in Britain.

Panel 2 Questions, challenges and solutions.

Panellists will include

Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett University of Cambridge

Dr Thomas Bak neuroscientist and Co-Director of Bilingualism Matters University of Edinburgh

Richard Hardie Senior Adviser UBS Ltd

Mark Herbert Head of Schools Programmes British Council

Professor Katrin Kohl University of Oxford

Dr Dina Mehmedbegovic Institute of Education, University College London

Teresa Tinsley Director Alcantara Communications

Pascale Vassie OBE Executive Director, National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education

 

16.30 Close

 

To reserve your place at the Speak to the Future Symposium 2017, kindly drop an email detailing your interest to LanguageShow@upperstreetevents.co.uk . Priority registration will be open until Monday 2 October 

 

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