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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


The MML Annual Lecture: Learning languages - the Premier League

MML Annual Lecture 2015

Arsenal in the Community believes in harnessing the potential of every learner irrespective of social background, ability, gender or ethnicity. In fact, they believe in the value of every individual because, not despite, of those things. The world is diverse; its populations speak many languages and enjoy many cultures. Football is a world that crosses borders and unites others. Come and find out how Arsenal Double Club is working with schools in North London to bring together two powerful forces for change: football and languages. In our open lecture, we will share with you the successes and challenges of this programme and illustrate how language learning through football can teach more than how to pass the ball or how to argue against an unfair offside decision in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. We hope to show you that by learning the universal rules of fair play in football and seeing life from a different cultural perspective through language learning, we can change attitudes and behaviour, and open hearts and minds to the possibility of a better and more cohesive society. Why not join the premier league?

Speakers: Steve Eadon, Project Coordinator, Arsenal Double Club and Bernadette Holmes MBE, Project Advisor 

Saturday 17th October, 5:00pm-6:30pm

Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Site, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA


The MML Annual Lecture is part of the University of Cambridge's Festival of Ideas.

See this event on the Festival of Ideas' programme of events here 


The Cambridge Festival of Ideas has created a short promotional film to publicise this year’s Festival:

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MML Annual Lecture 2015