A Celebration of Community Languages: Feb 23rd 2012

A second annual celebratory evening event was held at The University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls campus. 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 identity. The classes, though often run by volunteers, provide professional support and many have encouraged their young people to take GCSEs and A levels in their first language. The results have been exceptional - with A and A* grades predominant! 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, poetry and plays, scripted by the young people themselves. Gloucestershire BBC’s Manny Masih hosted the event, and shared his early linguistic and cultural experiences of being a new arrival in Britain at the age of ten ... and of the power of laughter!

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

Some of the classes are in the photos below, but to see the full list of participants, see the evening's programmme here.


Arabic Class

Bangla Class

The Polish School

Urdu Ghar

A poem from the Bangla Class

Al Fateha Madrasah

Hindu Community Centre Class

Cheltenham Muslim Association

Tibetan Dance from the

Mandarin School


Peter Holmes presents the certificates

A packed auditorium

One of the Class Displays