Shropshire Languages Society is a non-profit organisation which supports language learning from an academic, professional and social perspective. We are an independent, specialist provider of advice for learning and careers in foreign languages and we provide language learning opportunities for those who would otherwise be unable to afford to learn a language.
Since 2009/2010, we have led a local initiative to inspire young people to opt to take a foreign language as an option between school and university.
We also aim to offer support for C.P.D. training for teachers and other professionals, and extracurricular opportunities to extend language learning and the National Curriculum beyond the classroom. The organisation coordinators several projects in the Shropshire area and is the local network for the Association for Language Learning A.L.L.
Shropshire Languages Society was originally founded in around by married couple Harry and Doris Bristow, son Richard Bristow and William Bell all of whom were grammar school languages teachers. There was previously a "French Circle" in Shrewsbury and a group of the "Alliance Française". The advice and support service was opened to give people of all ages the opportunity to seek advice on learning and careers involving languages, and the chance to extend language learning beyond the classroom. We also share good practice and C.P.D. in teaching and learning and now make extensive use of ICT and E-Learning.
Since Richard Bristow died in 2011, the Society continues to be overseen by a Board of Trustees with Mr James Evans as its Benefactor, alongside its Senior Leadership Team. Mrs Gloria Bristow continues to have occassional involvement with the Society as its main Benefactor. We currenly hold the organisational status of a registered charity (no. 1157801)
Tel: 01743 595128 / 07956 770886