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Over 300 attendees at Manchester Met's Sixth Form Languages Day

North West

Manchester Met's Sixth Form Languages Day which supported both pupils studying French and Spanish at A-Level, saw over 300 attendees yesterday. The event offered a wide range of sessions for both subjects allowing A-Level students to get expert knowledge from leading MMU staff ahead of their exams. With over 30 Sixth Forms/Colleges attending from various regions, the event was a massive success. Students filled up the Geoffrey Manton atrium during lunch and lecture theatres were at full capacity when the sessions were underway. The event was organised by Manchester Metropolitan University in conjuction with Routes into Languages North West. It is an annual event, however it is the first year that Spanish and French have both run their events on the same day allowing even more pupils to attend than before.

Describing the event, one teacher from Calderstones School said, "I think the students will have particularly benefited from the literature and film analysis sessions. They will have also greatly benefited from the use of TL [target language] in the sessions and they also got a great insight into what it will be like to study languages at degree level.

I love all the Routes into Languages events and think they are professionally run and organised."

Another teacher from King David Liverpool High School added, "Students particularly learnt a lot from the laicet√© sessions. They were inspired by the sessions and came away considering French as a degree course.

It was a refreshingly good day for staff and students. Staff saw it as a CPD [continuing professional development] opportunity to see how others approached some of the A level topics. The set up was very welcoming and we enjoyed meeting your first year student and staff."