Reus City Council staff is trained to serve the public in Catalan

The Department of Culture and Language Policy of the Reus City Council and the Center for Linguistic Normalization of the Reus Area (CNL) continue to promote awareness sessions for the City Council staff dedicated to serving the public and other groups.

Last Monday, February 28, the fourth online session took place, in which 14 more people from different citizen services such as the OTE, the OAC, Salut Pública, Cadastre and Joventut participated, and other editions are already being coordinated to the concierges of the civic centers, the Urban Guard and the group of volunteers of Reus.

At the same time, the CNL has given, commissioned by the Environmental Education Plan, two awareness sessions to some twenty monitors responsible for sports, artistic or assisted study activities that are promoted for school students.

These sessions are part of the “Parla’m en català” campaign which, as Daniel Recasens, president of the CNL and councilor for Culture and Language Policy, has already explained, “began in January 2020 with the aim of raising awareness among the Catalan-speaking population that It is necessary to change the language when addressing people who believe they do not speak it or are not from here. It also aims to encourage those who understand it or are learning it to ask Catalan speakers to keep the conversation in Catalan”.

The posters of the sample that complements the sessions are exhibited in different spaces and municipal offices because both the City Council staff and the users of those spaces or services are aware of the message of the campaign.

The City Council proposes that Catalan speakers address everyone in Catalan, even those who speak another language, as long as they do not state that they do not understand Catalan.

The bell Parla’m in Catalantherefore, intends to increase the number of conversations that begin in Catalan, on the one hand, and on the other, to increase those that continue in Catalan even though the answer is in Spanish, since 94.4% of the population who lives in Camp de Tarragona understands Catalan.

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