London Centre for Languages and Cultures: Launch event at Westminster Academy

16th January 2019

Westminster Academy recently held the launch event for the London Centre for Languages and Cultures 2018-2019.

The London Centre for Languages and Cultures was founded in Autumn 2013 as a partnership between Pembroke College, Oxford, and the Open University. It was established to bring university-level language study into the classroom and to provide CPD for MFL teachers in the tri-borough area of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, and the City of Westminster. With language study in primary, secondary, and higher education in decline, the LCLC believes that collaboration and cooperation between schools and universities is essential to reversing this unfortunate trend.

Dr Maria Blanco, Associate Professor of Spanish American literature, Trinity College, Oxford appeared as the Keynote lecturer, speaking on 'Spanish American perspectives on Walls and the USA'.

Dan McAteer, Pembroke Alumnus and recently appointed OxNet LCLC coordinator, commented on the event’s great success, which hosted over ten schools and over a hundred pupils on the 10th January. The pupils were able to attend a series of six different taster classes throughout the event, comprising of three French classes, two Spanish as well as a class on linguistics.

Pembroke Academic Director, Nancy Braithwaite alongside Westminster Academy Vice Principal, Stephen Butler gave some concluding remarks to end the event.

Please click here to view the schedule of events, as well as the accompanying biographies of the speakers.