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The Language Learning Unit (LLU) is the most visible face of internationalisation at Keele University.
Language is inseparable from communication. Sadly, not many of us now learn a language in order to decipher ancient texts. In academic life it is all too easy to overlook how we can apply and practice what we learn outside the university. Academic success is clearly important, but by communicating to others what we have learned, not only in the classroom but through sharing our own experiences in “the real world”, we can also be the voice of internationalisation and even experience a sense of enjoyment in the process.

So, whether you are brushing up on your English for academic study, studying for a qualification to teach English, learning a modern foreign language or just interested in language and communication, we hope that this Blog will provide interesting posts and food for thought.


Monday, 13 January 2014

My Best Friend’s Wedding

A Happy New Year to you all!

We are half way into January and still in the mood for celebrations!
Emma in the LLU office recently attended a wedding and wrote this post.


"My Best Friend’s   Wedding

My best friend got married a few weeks ago in November and it was a great day to be a part of, especially after all the long, hard planning that led up to it. 
In accordance with the long-standing family tradition, she was married in the same church as her parents, grandparents and great grandparents. The ceremony was beautiful, with a fantastic organ player and a very amusing minister. Everyone sang lovely hymns and prayers were read from the bible. I had the honour of standing up at the altar beside her to do a special reading before the vows and rings were exchanged and the blessing was completed.
Soon after, we moved on to a different venue where there were speeches, toasts and embarrassing photos all around. This was followed by a three-course meal and we spent the rest of the time dancing the night away. There was even a cute jar of sweets for the guests to take home as a party favour! 

The whole celebration made me wonder how different cultures celebrate their special wedding days. I already know that a Chinese bride may have several different wedding dresses and that an Indian bride and her female friends and family decorate their hands and feet with mehndi designs.  I have been told that in both Roma and African-American traditions they leap over a broom and in Jewish weddings they break glass! 
It would be fantastic to learn more about how these cultures and many more celebrate their weddings! "
Emma


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