The first round of judging involved regional heats across the UK
in spring 2010 run by Routes into Languages,
CILT Cymru, Scottish CILT and
Ireland CILT. Regional judges chose a shortlist of clips from
their region which were passed on to our celebrity judging panel
who then chose their favourite clips. A big thank you to all our
Check out our celebrity line up of judges!
'The fact is that if you want an international career you
have to be able to communicate with people across the world.
Speaking another language helps you cross frontiers you didn’t even
know existed, taking your career to the next level.'I’m proud to
support the LAFTAs; they’re fun, they’re creative and they get more
young people to see the opportunities languages provide.'
Guillem Balagué is a commentator for Sky Sports. He is an expert
in Spanish football and commentates in Spanish and English. A
respected international journalist, Guillem also writes football
commentary for The Observer, The Times and prestigious Spanish
papers. You can read his column on the
Sky Sports website.
John Bateman, UK
“The ability to communicate is one of the greatest skills
that we possess, but if we can only do so via one language we are
depriving ourselves of so many important experiences. Whether
travelling abroad, socialising in diverse community groups or
enjoying the breadth and diversity of different cultures the
ability to communicate in different languages is a skill that will
deliver a lifetime of benefit”.
John Bateman OBE is Chief Executive of UK Youth, an organisation
which promotes non-formal education programmes for young people -
working with them to develop their potential.
The UK Youth network supports more than 750,000 young people,
7000 youth groups, clubs and projects and more than 40,000
volunteer and part-time youth workers throughout the UK. It works
to make a lasting impact by encouraging young people to take
responsibility and become involved citizens. It gives a voice to
people who are too rarely heard and builds skills that will remain
useful throughout their lives.
Kathryn Board, CILT,
the National Centre for Languages
'I’m a huge fan of the LAFTAs. We all know how important
foreign languages can be on both a professional and a personal
level. They open up a wealth of opportunities and experiences that
one language alone just couldn’t provide. What’s special about the
LAFTAs, though, is that they show just how much fun can be had with
language learning. I’m delighted to be involved in a competition
that will inspire so many people to want to understand new
cultures, and I can’t wait to see the ideas come rolling in.'
Kathryn Board is Chief Executive of CILT, the National Centre
for Languages. She is a trained linguist, speaking Spanish and
German as well as a number of other languages. She is a passionate
advocate of languages and their potential role in society.
Sebastian Coe, London 2012 Organising
Sebastian Coe is Chair of London Organising Committee of the
Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). He is also a double Olympic
Champion and 12-time world record holder in Athletics.He won gold
in the 1500m and silver in the 800m at both the Moscow 1980 and Los
Angeles 1984 Games.
He retired from competitive athletics in 1990 and became a
Conservative MP and Private Secretary to William Hague. In 2002 he
was made a Peer – Lord Coe of Ranmore. He received a knighthood in
the 2006 New Year's Honours List.
Henriette Harnisch, Language Networks for
'Having some linguistic and intercultural competence can
sometimes make all the difference. If I had a penny for every time
an employer told me that they would always look at a linguist
candidate more preferably I’d be rich now! Linguists bring
communication skills, listening skills, are culturally and
interculturally aware and have often travelled to places that have
given them broader horizons and confidence.
What I think is so genius about the LAFTAs is that they
encourage young people to think about languages creatively and,
crucially, through another medium. It’s a delight and a great
pleasure to be associated with the LAFTAs.'
Henriette Harnisch is Director of Language
Networks for Excellence, which provides language and
communications solutions for a wide range of customers. Driven by a
passion for opening up the world through learning languages,
Henriette also works as an author, teacher, researcher and speaker
on all things languages.
‘It makes perfect sense. One World - One Language: it’s
English. Thank you and good night… bonne nuit…buenas noches… lala
kahle…! But hang on, isn’t it our differences that make me me
and you you? They say that travel broadens the mind but if you
don’t speak the language it sure narrows the view! I’m very happy
and honoured to have been asked to be involved with LAFTAs. I’ve
been lucky to travel a lot and have discovered that often the most
rewarding places are the hardest to get to, whether by foot, 4x4 or
foreign language film.’
Freddie Highmore has played leading roles in many films
including “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Finding
Neverland” both opposite Johnny Depp, “A Good Year” opposite
Russell Crowe and “The Spiderwick Chronicles” opposite himself as
twins. He’s worked in France for Luc Besson and Jean-Jacques
Annaud. This year Freddie has been in South Africa shooting the
title role in “Master Harold …and the Boys”. He is currently
studying for his A levels including French & Spanish and
recently won top male UK student in the Spanish government’s Ruta
Professor Mike Kelly
‘We are working together to bring language learning to young
people and inspire them to engage with today’s globalised world.
These are exciting times to be learning languages and we believe
there will be great benefits for the career options of our young
Professor Kelly is a specialist in modern French culture and
society, head of the School of Humanities at Southampton
University, and Director of the UK Subject Centre for Languages,
Linguistics and Area Studies. He is also Director of a major new
programme, Routes into Languages,
which aims to increase the take up of modern languages in secondary
and higher education.
Dr Lid King
‘English is not enough in this ever-smaller world.
Languages are for all and for life.’
Lid King is the National Director for Languages and Director of
The Languages Company, which
was set up in 2008 to develop the National Languages Strategy.
Before becoming the National Director for Languages, Dr King was
Director of CILT, the National Centre of Languages, where he spent
eleven years developing the work of the organisation and
spearheading a wide range of language initiatives.
Karl Pfeiffer, Goethe
'Languages have made my life exciting from very very early
on. Being able to say thank you in many languages and receiving a
smile in return has made such a difference on numerous
Karl Pfeiffer studied English and German to become a language
teacher. He has worked in London since 1986 first at Goldsmiths'
College and for the last twenty years at the Goethe-Institut. As
Director of Education Links he has been strongly promoting Foreign
Languages and not least of all German.
Mark Reid, British Film Institute
‘Film offers us windows into whole language cultures - ways
of being, seeing and thinking - which is why at the BFI we
recommend film as support for learning other languages.’
Mark Reid is Head of Education at the BFI, where he has worked
since 1998. Before that he taught English, Media, and Film in
south London for 7 years. The BFI runs education programmes
and publishes resources that promote film across the whole
curriculum, but has a special interest in non-English language film
and languages teaching.
'I've found that being able to communicate in other languages is
not just a great addition to the CV but improves your holidays,
leads to all kinds of friendships and above all provides no end of
Mick Webb runs the BBC Languages website. After studying Spanish
and French at Southampton University he had a brief spell as an
teacher of English in Venezuela and a briefer spell as a French
teacher in Birmingham. He then joined the BBC where he has been for
many years as a producer of factual programmes and language