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ITI conference opens in Cardiff

The ITI conference opens officially today (19 May) at the Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff with an address by Nia Griffith, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages. 340 delegates from all over the world are attending the conference, which is a return visit by the event to the city by popular demand.

Prior to becoming an MP in 2005, Nia spent 20 years teaching languages in comprehensive schools, and five years as Estyn inspector and local authority adviser for modern languages and European awareness. She has been a chief examiner for GCSE and A level Italian

The day also includes a keynote speech by Lane Greene, who is deputy editor for books and arts at The Economist, author of You Are What You Speak, a book on the politics of language; and an accomplished linguist, speaking eight languages.

The day ends with a gala dinner at the impressive National Museum at which one of the highlights will be the presentation of the ITI Awards 2017.

Other highlights to look forward to include keynote speaker Susie Dent who will be presenting on 20th May –  she has made over 2,000 appearances as the resident word expert on C4’s Countdown and is the author of several books on language.

Topics for 36 sessions by language experts and thought leaders across the conference include mystery shopping to improve standards; how to specialise; ethics; interpreting in a humanitarian setting; translating in the advertising world; and machine translation at the Welsh Assembly.

200 delegates in Cardiff on 18 May took advantage of the pre-conference welcome networking event – a fun way to make new friends and contacts.

Fringe events this year include a Welsh language taster session; an introduction to Dru Yoga; an opportunity to meet ITI Fellows; a dummy interpreting booth where delegates can try simultaneous interpreting using state-of-the-art technology and the Singing Translators - an opportunity for delegates to sing together, including rehearsals and a performance.


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