Volunteers from BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London presented a 30-minute Gujarati ‘taster’ session at Language Show Live, held at the Business Design Centre in London on Saturday 14 October 2017.

Language Show Live is Europe’s largest event for language learners, teachers and linguists, welcoming over 9,500 delegates annually. The event, which has been running for more than 25 years, promotes a diverse set of languages from across the world, including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin, amongst others, bringing together advice and resources for learning and teaching as well as professional guidance for those wishing to pursue work within the language industry.

In 2016, volunteers from BAPS visited the event and introduced visitors to various interactive resources developed by BAPS to help children and adults learn Gujarati. The team also networked with other stall holders to share novel teaching ideas and technologies and promoted Gujarati learning to youngsters and adults alike.

This year, the team built upon these successes and were invited to present a 30-minute ‘taster session’ on the Gujarati language. The session was led by a small group of experienced Gujarati teachers who introduced the audience to basic elements of the Gujarati language, such as the alphabet, simple words, and everyday conversational phrases.

The interactive and engaging session conveyed the simplicity, elegance and precision of the Gujarati language. The volunteers also distributed resources which summarised the teachings from the session, supported further by various informative displays.

Anup Chudasama, a lead volunteer, shared, “We are delighted to have been invited to share our educational tools and resources for Gujarati. We thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with volunteers from other languages and look forward to visiting again.”

For further details about BAPS's Gujarati learning programme in the UK, please email [email protected].

To learn more about Language Show Live, please click here.

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