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Promoting the take-up of languages and student mobility

School pupils enjoy discovering languages at the University of Leeds

Region: 
Yorkshire and the Humber

The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies hosted a full day of activities and workshops aimed at giving pupils an experience of studying languages at university. The day was part-funded by the Routes into Languages initiative.

The event saw 50 pupils aged 12-14 join us on campus from Pudsey Grangefield School, Bruntcliffe School and Belle Vue Girls' School. They were welcomed officially to the university by Dr Matthew Treherne (Head of School of Languages, Cultures and Societies) who spoke about the enjoyment of learning new languages from his own experience of studying Italian ab initio at university.

This set the tone for the rest of the day, during which pupils attended language workshops, did language-themed quizzes and tried out some new languages. At the end of the day, the pupils got the chance to 'grill' some of our final year languages students about their experiences learning languages and living abroad, and they went away with certificates of attendance, prizes and a fresh enthusiasm for languages.