University Council for Modern Languages annual report praises Modern Languages at Kent

The University Council for Modern Languages (UMCL) recently published their annual report. The UCML acts as a unifying voice for Modern Languages in the UK, and represents the views of academics and professionals in modern languages to the Government, funding councils and other bodies at national level.

Modern Languages at Kent, in particular Italian and the Modern Languages Teaching Forum, were given a special mention in the annual report: “The work of Italianists at Kent is also a good example of how Italian Studies thrives when approached within the Modern Languages context, with comparative, transnational or theoretical approaches. This for example evidenced, in relation to teaching, by their leadership in the Modern Languages Teaching Forum, now at their 4th edition (2nd December 2020, supported also by UCML).”

The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at Kent held its fourth Modern Languages Teaching Forum in December, made possible with the generous support of UMCL. This forum’s theme centred around distance learning in modern languages, and had speakers from Kent, Open University, Cardiff University, University of Brescia and the University of Guelph.

Head of Department, Dr Alvise Sforza Tarabochia, says, “We are delighted to read the report by UCML – a beacon a good practice in Modern Languages across the UK. We work tirelessly to make of Kent the best possible place where to study modern languages and where to prepare to become a language teacher. This recognition testifies that we are harvesting the fruits of this hard work.”


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