German Ambassador to the UK is to give the annual Modern Languages Lecture at
the University of Leicester on 21 February.
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Robert Burgess, will
host the event, which has been organised by the School of Modern Languages.
lecture, which is open to the public, will provide opportunities for members of
the public to ask the Ambassador questions on a variety of subjects.
Ambassador, Dr Hans-Friedrich von Ploetz, is a key advocate of using foreign
languages to further education and believes that the steady decline in those who
have attained any qualification in languages needs to be addressed.
He has expressed concern about the implications of people in the UK not
being fully au fait with European languages.
Richard Littlejohns of the School of Modern Languages is responsible for
organising this lecture.
He said: “There is a need for the British to learn languages if they
want to be a major player in Europe and beyond.”
He added that he was delighted that such a distinguished guest has agreed
to speak at the lecture, calling it a ‘coup’ for the University.
Ambassador has had a distinguished career, from working in the Embassy in
Washington, representing the German delegation in NATO, and now as the German
Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
lecture, entitled A Flying Start for Languages, will take place in the Ken
Edwards Building Lecture Theatre 3 at 5.30pm, followed by a drinks reception.
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