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Spanish Drama Day – Leeds Beckett University

Yorkshire and the Humber

Wed 10th June saw year 8 pupils from Corpus Christi Catholic College High school meet at the Perform One studio, Leeds Beckett University to try out their acting skills and practice their Spanish. The activity was organised as part of the Routes into Languages Project, a HEFCE funded initiative, which aims to show the benefits and fun in learning languages and encourage young people to study them further and was supported by the Access and Widening Participation team.

The pupils arrived with their enthusiasm and their language skills and throughout the day worked in groups to write their own version of Don Quixote. The activities encouraged students to use vocabulary related to the drama, to communicate with each other and try out some acting techniques, assisted by Leeds Beckett Language Ambassadors and tutors.

Having known nothing of the play when they arrived, the day culminated in the pupils producing a fantastic performance of their very own Don Quixote, impressing both their own teachers and the Leeds Beckett staff!