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October 2005

To be Welsh Hamlet - or not to be
An actor trying to learn Hamlet in English and Welsh for alternate shows in each language has admitted defeat.
(BBC News, 16th October 2005)
Welsh books gift for Patagonia
More than 1,000 books aimed at boosting the Welsh language in schools in Patagonia have arrived in the Argentinian region.
(BBC News, 15th October 2005)
Labour's language change 'defeat'
The Welsh Assembly Government has faced a second defeat in as many weeks by opposition parties uniting to delay a key government decision.
(BBC News, 11th October 2005)
Staff told to mind their language
Staff at a Checkers Express store in St Helier have been told they must speak English while on the shop floor.
(BBC News, 10th October 2005)
Mixed report on Gaelic language
The number of Gaelic speakers in Scotland has fallen while reading and writing levels have increased, according to statistics.
(BBC News, 10th October 2005)
'Rude' author ejected from school
A former vicar turned author has been asked to leave a Truro secondary school because he used "inappropriate language" during a talk.
(BBC News, 6th October 2005)
Deaf artist's show signs the divas
Although a relatively new phenomenon, sign-song interpretation is rapidly growing in popularity - so much so that some of the music channels are now having videos signed by a small group of specialists.
(BBC News, 1st October 2005)
Firms fear language policy costs
Business leaders in Wales say a new Welsh Language Act would create a huge burden on private sector companies.
(BBC News, 2nd October 2005)
Islanders celebrate Manx language
Isle of Man people have a chance to celebrate the island's national language, culture and identity.
(BBC News, 31st October 2005)
Welsh-speaking areas 'in danger'
Language campaigners have claimed that "natural Welsh-speaking communities" could disappear within 15 years.
(BBC News, 30th October 2005)
Language teachers 'need training'
Many teachers lack the confidence and skills to implement government plans to extend language learning to all primary schools, research suggests.
(BBC News, 26th October 2005)
Powers row over language quango
The Welsh Assembly Government could be stripped of its powers over the Welsh Language Board (WLB) unless it makes concessions to opposition parties.
(BBC News, 20th October 2005)
Boys unwilling to learn languages
Teenage boys can barely be encouraged to speak English let alone learn another language, says the Chief Inspector of Schools, David Bell.
(BBC News, 19th October 2005)
CBBC agrees to watch its language
Use of slang is to be monitored on the BBC's children's channel CBBC, after complaints about the amount of poor language used on air.
(BBC News, 19th October 2005)
Language service is 'underused'
A language project allowing non-English speakers access to services through instant translation, is being underused in Darlington, it is claimed.
(BBC News, 1st October 2005)
news archive

August 2005
Icelanders speak up for languages
East End Cockney accent 'fading'
Muslims 'want surmons in English'

September 2005
Manx Gaelic revival 'impressive'
UK 'loves languages after all'
Tingo, nakkele and other wonders

January 2006
Web to preserve Romani heritage
Mind your PMQs? It's eff this and eff that
The C word

August 2006
Armageddon isn't upon us
Why are fewer students choosing to study foreign languages at GCSE?

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