BBC Sports Journalist Inspired Chigwell Linguists
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BBC Sports Journalist Inspired Chigwell Linguists

Chris Dennis, BBC Sport commentator and journalist, visited Chigwell recently to speak to Year 10 pupils about careers in journalism using Modern Foreign Languages.  Chris explained the importance of using languages in our globalised society and highlighted how many doors had been opened to him because of his linguistic abilities.  From travelling all over the world to interviewing several famous faces, his love of languages has enabled him to enjoy an exciting and varied career in the media.  Chris studied French, German and Mandarin at Leeds University before going on to work around the world in sports journalism, using his language skills to gain access where his monolingual counterparts cannot.  Pupils got to see the detail behind the scenes of Chris’ exclusive interview with the Togo and French Ligue 1 goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale, whose career was tragically cut short in a gun attack on his team coach in Angola several years ago.  The interview opportunity only arose because of his ability to conduct it in French.  The talk was thoroughly enjoyed by all and provided some interesting talking points about the role of languages today.