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WoLLoW conference: Make languages interesting to schools

“WoLLoW” stands for “World of Languages, Languages of the World”. It’s a campaigning project run by a group of enthusiastic teachers who have very similar aims to ours in UKLO: to make languages interesting to school children. They have a website ( and they’re running a conference (with some distinguished speakers).

To book a place visit this site:

World of Languages, Languages of the World

The Second ‘WoLLoW’ conference

2nd March 2023: 9.45 am – 3.15 pm

King Edward’s School, Birmingham

The HiPPo goes forth: the value of languages in our schools, our communities and our lives.

‘WoLLoW’’s second conference will bring together teachers, experts on languages and those who are working in communities to preserve and develop the use of languages. In addition, to teachers from a wide range of schools, there will be contributions from:

  • Ms Munira Alsusa, Headteacher, Manchester Arabic School
  • Dr Thomas Bak, Reader in Psychology, University of Edinburgh, co-founder of Healthy Linguistic Diet
  • Professor Charles Forsdick, FBA, Professor of French, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Leonie Gaiser, Lecturer in Intercultural Communication, University of Manchester, member of Linguistic Diversity Collective
  • Dr Emmanuelle Labeau, Reader in French Language and Linguistics, University of Aston, Director of the Aston Centre for Applied Linguistics
  • Dr Robert Sharples, Lecturer in Language and Education, University of Bristol, author of Teaching EAL.
  • Qaisra Shahraz, MBE, JP,FRSA, Founder, Curator and Executive Director of MACFEST, Muslim Arts and Culture Festival.
  • Graham Smith, Director, The EAL Academy, Project Director of London Challenge’s Pan London EAL Strategy.
  • The conference will be opened by Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, and former pupil of King Edward’s School, Birmingham.

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