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THE POLISH LANGUAGE IN THE UK: CHALLENGES AND PERSPECTIVES

3:00pm-4:00pm on Saturday 2 April

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 26th March. For events on or after 27th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

Little Hall, Sidgwick Site, Sidgwick Ave, CB3 9DA

Why is Polish now the main language spoken in England after English? Who are Polish Third Culture Kids? What is the condition and the future of the Polish diaspora in the UE, and what has the British Academy got to do with it?

This talk will let you find out exactly what happened and why nobody noticed it until was too late! You will learn when the Polish language came to the UK for the first time and why it is now an integral part of the linguistic landscape of this country.

We will also describe the role played in contemporary society by Polish children or children of Polish origin who currently live in Great Britain, and try to explain why their situation should be noticed. Since 2004, i.e. the moment Poland joined the EU, the number of Poles living in the UK has increased dramatically. Since 2011, over 20,000 children of Polish origin have been born here annually.
How can the potential of these young people be used and what does British Academia do to effectively "manage" and use such an enormous wave of several hundred thousand multilingual children of Polish origin?

We will also talk about children born in the UK and those who came there during their childhood - those who belong to the generation of the Third Culture Kids (TCK). What does this mean for these children? How do their challenges compare to the benefits of being a Third Culture Kid?

What are the advantages and dangers of being a TCK? Is the lack of cultural exclusivity a problem or an advantage in the present world?
How can we help TCKs and is there a need for such help at all? Who will all these young Poles become in the future? And, most importantly, will the Polish language be preserved by them or lost forever?

Edyta Nowosielska is a Lecturer in Polish at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and Linguistics. Her interests in glottodidactics are reflected in exploring various ways of teaching Polish - from her series of Polish easy reads "Polish Easy Books - Read, laugh and learn!" to experimenting with the direct method, described later in her "The Holy Grail or Just Another Fool’s Paradise – Teaching and Learning Polish Based on the Callan Method".

In 2000 she founded Polword, the first school of Polish as a Foreign Language in London, She also teaches Polish GCSE/A-level at the Polish Saturday School in London. She is involved in the life of the Polish diaspora in the UK.

Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

Additional Information

Age: All Ages
Format: Talk
Timing: In person
Theme: Society, Discovery
Accessibility: Accessible toilet, Full access, Step-free access
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