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Languages in Higher Education Sixth Form Conference

Wednesday, 24 June, 2020 - 11:00 to Sunday, 28 June, 2020 - 23:00
Event Type: 
West Midlands



Welcome and thank you very much for visiting our virtual Languages in Higher Education Sixth Form Conference page.

Unfortunately due to the current situation with COVID-19 we are unable to invite you on to campus as we have done in previous years. However, we hope you enjoy your time watching the presentations and lectures on this page and that they provide you with lots of information and inspire you to continue learning languages.

We would like to say a big thank you to the following people for taking the time out of their very busy schedules to put together and record their presentations and lectures, without which, we wouldn't be able to produce this Conference for you: Nicola Davies, Head of Languages, Diplomatic Academy at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, our languages colleagues from Aston University, Emmanuelle, Stefanie and Elena and our Routes into Languages ambassador Patrycja.

Viewing the Lectures and Presentations


The lectures and presentations are all available for you to view  through Panopto. This software will allow you to view the lectures and presentations in different windows depending on whether you would rather see the tutor in the main picture, or prefer to see the presentation slides in the larger screen. It is up to you and you can change this to suit your own preferences. You will just need to click on the arrow in the bottom right hand corner of the  video screen to allow you to do this.


Why Study Languages in Higher Education?


In the following video, our Regional Director, Dr Raquel Fernández Sánchez explains the benefits and opportunities of studying languages at University, the routes you can take to do this and the possible job opportunities it could lead to.





Languages at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Nicola Davies, Head of Languages for the Diplomatic Academy at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, talks about her own langauges journey and the role of languages  within the Foreign and Commonwealth office.






A Student’s Point of View


Patrycja is a final year student at Aston University studying International Business with German and Chinese and she is also one of our Routes into Languages ambassadors. In this video, she talks about her own languages journey from the time when she started learning languages as a very small child to studying at University, including time spent in Germany and China during her placement year abroad.





French – Honi Soit qui mal y pense

In her lecture, Dr Emmanuelle Labeau, Head of French at Aston University, talks about linguistic relations between Britain and France.




German – Deutschland vor, während und nach der Wiedervereinigung

Dr Stefanie Kreibich, Teaching Associate in German at Aston University talks about Germany before, during and after Re-unification.




Spanish – Regional Differences in Spain

In her lecture Elena Cancelas-Rodríguez, Spanish Teaching Associate at Aston University, talks about the regional differences in Spain focusing particularly on the region of Galicia.




Questions and Feedback


Thank you very much for taking part in our virtual Languages in Higher Education Sixth Form Conference. We hope you enjoyed the presentations and lectures and that they inspired you to carry on with your languages journey.

If you have any questions please contact us and we will be very happy to help.

If you would like to get in touch with Nicola Davies, please just let us know using on of the contact methods below and we can arrange this for you.

Finally, we would really welcome your feedback on the conference as we may need to run it this way in future years. You can contact us in the following ways:


Facebook: RoutesWestMids

Twitter: RoutesWestMids

Many thanks

The Routes West Midlands Team.