I am passionate about encouraging young people to learn a language. I believe school pupils need to be shown that there is a world of language outside their classroom walls. Language is not just about a text book, it is about culture and opening your mind to new experiences. I feel it is my responsibility as a linguist to tell children and young people what they can do with a language and the benefits it can bring, not only to their careers but their lives as well.
I also believe that those young people who speak a second language at home should be proud of their language skills and shout about them, recognising the advantage it gives them.
To this end, I volunteer in the following capacity:
- Talks to my local primary and secondary schools
- Taking part in events through Inspire the Future and Business Language Champions
- Encouraging other linguists to take part in such events
If you would like to me to visit a school near you, please contact me to discuss further.