Skip to main content

Promoting the take-up of languages and student mobility

Non parlo inglese!

Region: 
Wales / Cymru

Sixth form students share their knowledge.

Sixth form students at St Teilo’s High School, Cardiff were given a week of language lessons as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate studies.

Their week started with the Languages Department offering tasters in Spanish and Italian. Once the students had a basic grasp of the language they were able to practise their new skills at 2 days of activities at Chapter arts centre. Day 1 offered food tasting and the opportunity to watch a film. On their second day they took part in a salsa dancing session and the Art Department joined them so that they could discuss Spanish and Italian art.

The week finished with an enterprise task. The students split into groups to make and market a product to be sold in a Mediterranean Fair. The marketing had to be done in the target language. Routes Cymru were invited along to the Fair and were asked to choose a winner. We were very impressed with the ideas and the level of language. Year 7 and 8 pupils visited the fair and many were taking part in games such as Twister and treasure hunts in Italian and were buying friendship bracelets and cakes in Spanish.

Our winning team showed brilliant initiative and had obviously been inspired by the activities earlier in the week. They were selling homemade Italian bread and were offering olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping. In addition to this, they were giving away free Italian phrase cards. Their use of the Italian language was fantastic and they were a definite inspiration to their fellow pupils. Molto bene!