On Saturday the 7th of November more than 60 students from 10 local schools met at Farlingaye for a day of talks and workshops on all things German. The programme included a talk by Dr Martin Ruehl of the University of Cambridge, who spoke about the fantastic opportunities open to those studying German at university. Alex Pickering, co-director and joint owner of a business development company, demonstrated how German can help you build a successful career. Hannah Mace of the University of Essex gave an account of her year abroad working as a Language Assistant at a German school, teaching English as a foreign language. Claudia Nehmzow also of the University of Essex talked about career opportunities with translation and subtitling. A translation master class saw participants translate the titles of the Harry Potter series of books . Tina Beck, a visiting teacher from a high school in Hamburg, led a session on German pop music - and did you know that a German sheep says määäh? During the lunch break, over German pretzels and jam doughnuts (Ich bin ein Berliner!) , participants could find out about scholarship opportunities and chat to our current year 12 and year 13 students about studying German at A level. The day was rounded off with a quiz and prize draw. I would like to thank the University of Cambridge and Routes into Languages East for jointly funding the event, as well as the Goethe Institut London for their support.
by Stefanie Green
Farlingaye High School
(Well done to Stefanie for organising a fantastic day!)