This year’s Language Show took place between 21-23 October at the National Hall, Olympia, London. If you have missed it, you can check their website to see what seminars were available, as well as who the exhibitors were. This post deals with a few general impressions, as I will present some of the activities in subsequent posts.
National Hall, Olympia. Nice, big space, easy to access.
Toilets, baby change, cloakroom and a few stalls where you could buy something to drink and eat (even soup), and a Pizza Express Restaurant for those whose hunger could not be satisfied with a sandwich or a salad. The only downside was that there were not enough tables/chairs where to serve your food or drink, so many people were either sitting on the floor or standing.
Although the seminars were really interesting, the ones I went to suffered from a major inconvenient: poor sound quality, either because the microphone was not working properly (if at all), or because there were several seminars taking place at the same time, next to one another, and considering they were only separated by a thin screen, you can imagine it was quite difficult to follow the discussion. Apart from that, I found this year’s show better organised, in the sense that it was less crammed than last year, the different areas (interpreting/translations, TEFL, exhibitors) being more easily accessed as they were better delimited.
Who should attend
Anyone with a passion for or an interest in languages: students who have not decided what career path to follow (or have decided and want to learn more), translators and interpreters – especially if they are starting their career in this field, teachers – plenty of resources and materials to buy and use for your lessons, and people who would like to learn a new language – there were taster classes available, not to mention a range of language courses providers who exhibited.
From this point of view, I can only congratulate the organisers, as there is plenty of information available on the website: who, when, where. Visitors also receive a booklet containing all the necessary information, including a map of the place.
It is an excellent event that offers visitors the opportunity to find out more about their chosen career (if they are linguists – be it teachers, translators or interpreters), to help them decide if they want to pursue a career in the field (students or people who want a change) and at the same times it offers exhibitors the chance to sell their products (dictionaries, teaching materials) and make themselves known to prospective students (if they are language courses providers) or collaborators (if they are a translation agency). Hopefully next year you’ll find us there.
Have I mentioned the best thing of all? It’s FREE.
If you have any experience with The Language Show and would like to share your thoughts, we’d be delighted to hear from you.