London - Met helps voice merits of the Turkish tongue

14th May 2010 at 01:00

A partnership between Stoke Newington School in north London and the Metropolitan Police is encouraging young Turkish speakers to consider using their language skills in their future careers.

Pupils at the school who are studying for a GCSE or A-level in Turkish were given the opportunity to question seven members of the Met about their jobs.

The youngsters were then asked to act out a number of role-plays designed to demonstrate how Turkish language skills could come in handy.

One group acted out a scene in which a row had broken out between two neighbours, one of whom was threatening violence - but all in Turkish. By understanding the language, the "police" were able to deal with the situation very efficiently.

Kathryn Board, chief executive of CILT, the National Centre for Languages, said: "With fewer and fewer pupils deciding to carry on with languages once they are optional subjects for study, it's more important than ever that we find new ways to make language learning more appealing.

"It is also vital that we nurture the many languages that are spoken by different communities across our country.

"We are often criticised for not being good at languages, but actually one in ten secondary school students in the UK already has an additional language. We need to recognise the value of these languages and celebrate the potential advantage they bring to our economy." HW.

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