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.


    9 replies to "A special request from Mark: help save Glasgow University Modern Languages"

    • Jane Mallinson

      Thank you Mark for bringing this to your listeners’ attention. I too studied languages at Glasgow and have benefitted in many ways, – professionally as a librarian, by being able to speak/ read several European languages, and personally by being able to engage with different cultures, whether through reading, speaking, travelling. My wish is that the opportunities I had at Glasgow University will be there for future generations.

    • Josh

      Hi I am currently writing a report on the cuts going on at glasgow university, and really like your post is there any chance of talking to you about your opinions on this?

      Thanks Josh.

      • radiolingua radiolingua

        Mark will contact you directly by email.

    • "C"

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for allowing your user community to participate. I’ve signed and hope other learners will as well.

      Best to you and RLN in 2011.

      (PS, the community college teachers here (Riverside, Cali) are using CBS to assist with their classes. My “son” came by tonight and immediately recognized the theme song as being played in the classroom next door to his Spanish class!). So, since i’m a mui contenta premium member, I gave him my data card with CBS level one on it 🙂

    • Nancy Rios

      I have recently began leaning French through the Coffee Break French. I am on lesson 23 and loving it. I am very impressed with the method used by Mark, which I am assumming is the result of his work through the Glasgow Uninversity. I am hoping that the University reconsider their position and keep the language department going as it is. We all have become international students since the trend seems to be moving toward global unity more than indepence. I speak, Spanih, English, Portuguese, and Polish. My hope is to learn French and go to work in one of the French speaking countries. Many people might be thinking about using it for tourism and that is fine. I just look at places like Haiti and their needs for French speaking helpers.

    • John Skellenger

      I guess it’s eaiser to exchange bombs than words. What are we going to do when the last school standing has to cut funding for languages? Maybe our friends in the science department can share the wealth so we can try to resolve our differences with words instead of war.

    • Brian Gourley

      Hi Mark,

      I read about these proposals in the THE and I must say this is pretty appalling news given Glasgow sees itself as a top flight Russell Group University. I studied German and Spanish at Glasgow back in the mid-90s. Can’t say that either of the two departments were exactly wonderful or tried (with a few exceptions) to encourage you in a positive fashion, but I did get the opportunity to study German at a summer course in Freiburg University helped by a £350 bursary from the University. As someone from a relatively humble background who went to uni on full grant, I am saddened and appalled at the thought that the sort of opportunity given to me could be denied to others.
      Without knowledge of German or French a lot of doors (including my current job) would have been closed to me. Seems Glasgow is following the same shameful path trod by Queen’s in Belfast which is closing German as of next year.

    • Barbara

      Good luck with the challenges ahead of you Mark. I need to learn some basic Serbian and Slovene in order to converse with the in-laws and grandchild as he is learning the aforementioned languages every day and English will end up being his second language.

    • EstherCarmen

      Thank you Mark for the wonderful you and the folks at Radio Lingua have done! Language is vital to understanding. Besides the literal understanding, there is tremendous insight into a culture to be gained through language. What words and phrases do this language have? Perhaps some things that are different from your native tongue.

      Next year I start graduate school in product design in Milan. English is my first language and I know a little Spanish. This program is helping me tremendously prepare for the year ahead! A major of my choice to study design overseas was the fact that so much of design is cultural. There is so much we take for granted. Living in another culture helps open our eyes to how things can be different. Language is integral to this. Please continue to support language studies.

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