Languages, Identities and Intercultural Dialogue

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Intercultural dialogue, according to the Council of Europe, ‘requires the freedom and ability to express oneself, as well as the willingness and capacity to listen to the views of others’. Language, as perhaps the most important means of expression, is clearly crucial in the dialogue process but specific languages are also important as symbols of identities and are also an implicit part of how we present ourselves and see others. I will illustrate the significance of language in identity and also refer to the importance of languages and identities being recognised and valued in education systems if all young people are to have the basis for success in school and society.