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English Language Day
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0500  Wednesday, 14 October 2009

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Date:       Wednesday, 7 Oct 2009 14:35:48 +0500
Subject:    English Language Day

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Date:       2009/10/7
Subject:    English Language Day

English Language Day - October 13th

On 13 October 2009, the English Project will be coordinating the first 
ever English Language Day to celebrate one of the wonders of the world, 
the English Language. We hope it will be the first of many such annual 
events.

Amazingly, although English is spoken by some 2 billion people on the 
planet, there is no day in the calendar when we can celebrate its full 
glory.

Now there is: 13 October.

We have chosen this date because it was on 13 October 1362 that the 
Chancellor of England for the first time opened Parliament with a speech 
in English. In that same Parliament, a Statute of Pleading was approved 
that permitted members in debate to use the English language. It had 
become again an official language of law and law-making.

Because of this connection with law-making, our theme this year is the 
language of law in its widest sense. The English Project's contribution 
to the Day will be three events hosted by London law firm Taylor 
Wessing, for schools, for university law students and for the public on 
our central theme.

We are delighted to be collaborating with our longstanding supporters, 
the University of Winchester, and with City University in London. As 
part of our collaboration with Hampshire County Council, Year 10 pupils 
will be spending the morning at the Hampshire Archives and Local Studies 
Centre in Winchester.

How you can become involved:

There are three ways in which you can become involved and help to create 
awareness of English Language Day:

1. Take part in our survey of legal language by going to Legal Language 
Survey

2. Share this e-mail as widely as you can and ask your friends and 
colleagues to take the survey, too.

3. Try out some of the activities we suggest on our website 
www.englishproject.org, for example, going on a legal document hunt in 
your own home to see, at first hand, how legal English can be used!

Happy English Language Day!

The English Project Team <
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[Editor's Note: My apologies for not posting this in a more timely 
manner.  -- Hardy]


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