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Language for Resilience Exhibition – University of Reading

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Language for Resilience Exhibition

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In partnership with the University of Reading, the British Council recently exhibited the 'Language for Resilience Exhibition' in the University Library. The exhibition is based on research by Dr. Tony Capstick.


Tony is a lecturer in the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics. His main areas of interest are teacher education, multilingualism and migration.

The Language for Resilience Exhibition explores the ways language is used to build resilience:


"Across the world, millions of people have been displaced from their homes by conflict and civil unrest. Many of those displaced find themselves far from home, separated from family members and social support without the language skills they need for even basic communication and access to essential services."

In addition, education and career opportunities for both children and adults will have been severely disrupted, or halted. Language learning is absolutely essential. It helps refugees and their host communities to withstand challenges, to recover from crisis, to overcome barriers - to build resilience.

Language for Resilience Exhibition Visitors


"Language is an equalizer. When a child can speak and write in the host country language they develop the confidence and self-assurance to communicate with their peers, building a solid educational foundation that serves them for the rest of their lives."

Amin Awad, UNHCR Middle East and North Africa Bureau, Regional Refugee Co-ordinator for the Syria and Iraq Situations.

 Language for Resilience Exhibition Display


The languages we speak at home, with our families, carers and in our communities, create a sense of identity and belonging. If the language we have to speak at school is different to that spoken at home, or if we rarely get the chance to use our home language, this can challenge our sense of identity, our sense of belonging and create difficulties which set back progress in education.


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