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CONEL will lead the London Language Hub, a project funded by CiLT, the National Centre for Languages.

The College will work closely with other schools and colleges to develop modern foreign language courses, suited for the new 14 to 19 Diplomas, as part of a larger Language Learning Network.

Languages use to be compulsory in many vocational subjects and at GCSE level in Britain. They still are in many countries. CiLTs solution to the countrys language shortage problem as laid out in Lord Dearing's language review, was to set up the Language Hub.

CONEL was ahead of the game and exactly what CiLT was looking for to become a Language Hub. We were already doing pioneering work in reinstating language back into our curriculum, in a bid to give our students the edge they needed to make them more employable. We have 200 students studying Spanish, French and Turkish alongside Business, Science, Humanities and Health and Care programmes.

So we submitted our bid to CiLT and as a result, the London Language Hub at CONEL in partnership with CiLT was launched on April 17.

The initial project involves delivering a short course (10 weeks, 15GLH) in a modern foreign language alongside a vocational programme, i.e. Health and Care, at CONEL and other four partner institutions1. This will be an accredited course at entry level. The impact of this network will be to embed a language into a vocational subject, which has not previously included any language content and will give the opportunity to students to learn a new language in an applied way.

Initially this will involve the College of North East London sharing financial and physical resources with other organisations. This will support them in developing and delivering languages to their learners over the forthcoming term. CONEL will develop and share a Scheme of Work and resources with the other partner organisations, which will also be posted on CiLT's website and made available to everyone free of charge as part of a drive to promote language learning.

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