A special message from Mark:
I wouldn’t normally do this on the Radio Lingua site, but this morning students from the University of Glasgow will take part in a demonstration aimed at saving Modern Languages at the university. Funding cuts are threatening the languages departments of the university, and the Univeristy Court meets later today.
I studied French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese in the university from 1989-1995 and hugely value the teaching I received there. Since then I’ve had the honour of working with hundreds of students in Scottish secondary schools who have gone on to study languages at Glasgow University.
I firmly believe that a greater understanding of other languages and cultures is a key to a peaceful and prosperous world and the opportunities for the study of languages in the west of Scotland are diminishing following changes at the university of Strathclyde.
I would ask that anyone who has benefitted from our Radio Lingua language courses considers signing the official petition to help save the languages departments at Glasgow University.
Thank you to all our listeners for considering this.