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Routes e-bulletin - July 2008


Dear language enthusiast!
Summer’s here at last! With the summer holidays almost upon us, many consortia are looking forward to a well earned August break before the new school year gets under way. June and July have been buzzing with Routes into Languages activity, so here’s the latest from across the regions in England.

Judi Clark
Assistant Programme Manager

Up-coming events

Intensive courses in Chinese and Japanese at Birmingham University

28th July – West Midlands
These 3-day courses are held at the University of Birmingham for gifted and talented Y12 pupils. They combine an introduction to the languages with an introduction to Chinese and Japanese culture. 


Summer School, Anglia Ruskin University

28th July – East
An opportunity for pupils from years 7, 8 & 9 to have fun learning a new language and finding out about its culture. 


Open evenings for postgraduate courses at University of Westminster

3rd September – National Network for Interpreting. Contact:


External event: “How to advertise French teaching to adults”

18th – 25th September, organised by the French Institute
For further information download the event flyer (pdf)


Consortium Project Launch at The Deep, Hull

24th September - Yorkshire and the Humber
The evening will be an opportunity to find out what this exciting and innovative project is about, and discover ways you can become involved in shaping the languages agenda for the region.

News and recent events

For further details, check out each regions webpage by clicking on the region name.

Job vacancy

Supporting the West Midlands Consortium for Routes into Languages, the post will develop and co-ordinate new initiatives and promote outreach activities to encourage the study of Modern Foreign Languages. Closing date: Friday 1st August 2008.

Languages in Higher Education Conference

7th – 9th July
LLAS and CILT held a joint conference in York, with delegates from universities throughout England focusing on the theme “Transitions and Connections”.  Routes into Languages was well represented through a stream of workshops held by the regional consortia, networks and research projects.  Further details and downloadable presentations from the subject centre website to follow:

National Network for Interpreting

  • 18th June – Open evenings for postgraduate courses at University of Westminster
  • 2nd & 3rd July – AS level oral skills event including interpreting at University of Salford

National Network for Translation

  • 7th June – Starting work as a translator or interpreter at University of Westminster
  • 20th June – Audiovisual translation at University of Salford

South West

  • 2nd June – Languages for Business Competition closing date
  • 2nd June – German Language Day (Yr 10), University of Plymouth
  • 25th June – The benefits of studying Modern Languages conference for year 10 at University of Exeter


  • 23rd June – World of Work, University of Reading
  • 23rd June – Able Linguist Days, University of Portsmouth
  • 7th July – Languages on Film, University of Brighton

East Midlands

  • 10th July – East Midlands Regional Languages Summer School, Nottingham Trent University

West Midlands

  • 10th June – World of Work, University of Wolverhampton
  • 13th June – Deutsch und Fußball, University of Birmingham

Yorkshire and the Humber

  • 25th June – Eurofest, Selby College
  • 2nd July – Stakeholders event at the National Railway Museum in York
  • 10th July – OU Open Day, OU regional centre, Leeds
  • 14th July – Focus on Latin America, Y12 Spanish Conference, University of Leeds

North West

  • 13th June – Language Enrichment Event, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 23rd June – Language Enrichment Event, University of Manchester
  • 1st July – Language Enrichment Event, University of Central Lancashire
  • 4th July – Language Enrichment Event, University of Bolton
  • 7th July – Language Enrichment Event, University of Salford

North East

  • 17th – 19th June – Yr 12 Linguacast Days at Newcastle University
  • 24th June – Yr 8 Languages are Brill at Newcastle University
  • 26th June – Yr 8 Languages are Brill at Northumbria University
  • 2nd July – Yr 12 AS level Master class at Teesside University
  • 3rd July – Don’t stop me now, Marriot Hotel, Metro Centre, Newcastle
  • 15th - 17th July – Yr 12 AS level Master class at Durham University