Mme Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner responsible for Education, Youth, Sport, and Multilingualism Setting the scene
Opening remarks on language learning and employability and cultural understanding and reflections on the role of English.
Elizabeth Truss MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare
Rosie Goldsmith Introduction by the moderator
10.45am Panel One: Why Britain needs to boost language skills

Adam Marshall, British Chamber of Commerce The demand for multilingual employees - Benefits of language learning for international trade with Europe and beyond in the post-crisis economy.
Baroness Garden Government Spokesperson: Higher Education and Skills, Government Whip and Spokesperson: Education and Defence 2010-2013 UK Public sector – the point of view of the UK public sector
Stephen Hagen (contributor to Languages mean Business) Multilingual entrepreneurs – languages are good for business
Kristina Cunningham, Head of Sector, Multilingualism policy, European Commission How language learning contribute to employability and growth – and the role of the European Commission
David Bearfield, Director, European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) The European Institutions as employers – looking for language learners
Innovative foreign language learning projects – an introduction by the moderator

Essex University
Languages for All

Wildern School
Group Talk

East side
Translation Nation

Third Year Abroad
Students will demonstrate their personal achievements in learning languages. The EC rewards projects which use creative ways to improve the quality of language teaching and motivate learners.
13.45pm Panel Two: Solutions and good practice

Carine Chancelade, responsible for the modern language national curriculum, French Ministry of Education How language learning is promoted across the channel
Bessie Dendrinos, Professor at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. Educating Europeans for a global market
Bernadette Holmes , Principal researcher of Born Global What is going wrong and how to put it right. UK Activism on language learning.
Christine Parker, Head teacher of a multilingual primary school in Peterborough. Language diversity! - Unlocking the power multilingualism
Baroness Blackstone, Labour peer in the House of Lords

Lid King The Languages Company
Advocating learning languages v The do nothing approach
A debate between two prominent political figures on Should learning foreign languages be a universal pursuit? A debate which refers back to both the previous panels
Rosie Goldsmith Closing remarks by moderator
Marco Benedetti, Director General DG Interpretation, European Commission - confirmed Closing remarks from the European Commission
Compagnie a Bulles Multilingual theatre group display
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