Europe Direct Leeds held the “Celebrate the European Day of Languages” event at the Central Library on Friday 25th September, which attracted 200 visitors. This event aimed to support the cultural diversity of Europe, promote the importance of learning languages and encourage learning various languages for study, work or leisure interests.
The public had an opportunity to browse a range of stalls from local language courses providers to find out about different opportunities at the University of Leeds, Leeds Becket University, The Leeds Language College and Swarthmore Education Centre. The language taster sessions in Spanish, Russian, French and Gaelic were popular among visitors and gave a chance to discover languages which may be new to them. The Migrant English Support Hub and Learning Partnerships talked to visitors about ESOL classes in Leeds. The Leeds City Council Translation and Interpreting Team answered enquiries about community languages and services available for customers.
The Europe Direct Information Centre displayed materials about citizenship, languages, travel, employment and education in Europe, as well as freebies to take away. Many people registered with the Language Exchange scheme, which allows sharing, learning or improving their language skills. There was a selection of books and music records from European authors, as well as books in other languages to borrow. “The Language of Art and Music” quiz was run during the event. The winner, Mary Spencer gained the prize – a £25 book voucher.
We would like to thank all people who came along and celebrated the European Day of Languages with us.