International Mother Language Day - 21st February 2017

About the day

International Mother Language Day (IMLD) aims  "to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism...Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue." (The United Nations )

With students and staff of over 75 nationalities across the Cornwall university campuses, there are more than 50 different languages represented. The 21st of February was a chance to promote this diversity.

Events and activities

The Language Exchange

The Language Exchange aims to put students and staff who are interested in learning or practising each other’s languages in touch with each other in an informal, social environment. Details


People took part in a languages quiz with prizes including annual membership to the Phoenix and campus café vouchers. The winners draw took place on 23rd Feb, but you can still give it a try: Quiz and here are the Answers

Speak, and donate a phrase

If English is a second, third or even fourth language, the 21st was a day to promote your first language. Students and staff 'donated a phrase' to the collection board in the Penryn Library.