We were delighted to welcome Mr Chris Dennis, a sports broadcast journalist who has worked with the BBC, Channel 4 and Eurosport, to Cranleigh on Friday evening. Chris delivered a language talk to Upper Fifth and Sixth Form students, discussing the various aspects of his work as a multilingual commentator, reporter and stadium announcer, covering events such as the Olympics and Wimbledon.
Chris also spoke of how his knowledge of languages has helped him in his career. He concluded that his ability to speak a foreign language (he speaks French fluently, as well as Mandarin, German, Spanish and some Italian) has been invaluable in his highly-competitive profession where all reporters are chasing the same stories. He explained that having a language string to your bow sets you apart from the pack, and he recounted the anecdote of securing the only interview in the world for the BBC from an African footballer, solely because he was able to give the interview in French.