[Press and Public Relations] German Ambassador to Give Lecture at Leicester

January 2002

No 22

The German Ambassador to the UK is to give the annual Modern Languages Lecture at the University of Leicester on 21 February.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Robert Burgess, will host the event, which has been organised by the School of Modern Languages.

The 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.

The 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.

Professor 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.

The 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.

The 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.

NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For more information, please contact Professor Littlejohns on

0116 252 2681.



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