A Celebration of Community Languages: March 10th 2011

A celebratory evening event was held at The University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls campus. At present there are 11 Community classes funded by READS. Some have been in existence for many years, others are more recently established but each has a common purpose … to celebrate their language and cultural diversity. The classes are often run by volunteers but they provide professional support and many have encouraged their young people to take GCSEs and A levels in their first language. The results have been quite remarkable. This event celebrated the good practice going on in these classes and was an opportunity to enjoy a small sample of what each does. The different community language classes all gave a brief introduction, followed by performances by some of the young people, who demonstrated their linguistic skills through song, dance and poetry. BBC’s Manny Masih hosted the event and the audience also heard about ‘Path into Teaching‘ and how BME young people and adults can pursue a career in teaching. Refreshments were provided afterwards along with the chance to talk to people and view displays.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all!

Dee Russell-Thomas

For more information on PATH  into Teaching email  PATHTEACHING@uwe.ac.uk

Host BBC's Manny Masih

Chinese Ribbon Dance

Gloucestershire Mandarin School

A Poem from the Arabic Class

Teaching Arabic

A poem from the Bangla Class

The Polish School

Hindu Community Centre Class

Bangla Class poem

Urdu Class


Cheltenham Muslim Association

African Caribbean Association

Language Display

Gloucestershire Islamic Academy