We promote community languages teaching and learning through partnerships between complementary and mainstream schools.
The ’Our Languages’ project supports community languages teaching and learning and aims to encourage community cohesion, celebrate pupil achievement and promote plurilingualism. Regional partnerships across England involve schools in the project in a variety of activities. We also provide information on accreditation, community language provision in your local area as well as current research, events and links related to community languages education. See ’About Us’ for more information.The Our Languages project supported partnerships between complementary schools and mainstream schools teaching a wide range of community languages. The project involved 90 schools across England, 2007-2009.
The ‘Our Languages’ project began in September 2007 in response to the need to raise the status of community languages in the curriculum as well as the need to recognise the work of the complementary (or supplementary) education sector in England.
We aimed to raise awareness of the benefits that learning a community language brings to children’s educational development and to community cohesion in our society. The website provides information on best practice in teaching and learning. See our News and Events to keep up to date on what’s happening in the world of community languages.
Our Languages was funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the government department responsible for children’s health, safety and education until the election of the Coalition government in May 2010.
However, from November 2010 CILT has benefited from an EU dissemination project which allows us to share the project outcomes across Europe.
Supplementary schools are run by almost every ethnic community group in England including African Caribbean, Afghan, Somali, Greek, Jewish, Turkish, Russian and Iranian. They offer children support in national curriculum subjects, as well as the opportunity to learn their community’s mother tongues and to understand more about their ethnic or national culture and heritage.
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Our Languages, 24-25 Joy Street, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1BP.
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