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Student Language Ambassador of the Year!

Picture of Stephen Way
Yorkshire and the Humber

We are delighted to announce that at the Language World Conference earlier this month, Stephen Way, final year Language Studies student (French and Spanish) at Leeds Beckett University won Student Language Ambassador of the Year 2016! 

Many of us know a very special language teacher who inspires pupils through superb teaching and supports colleagues by sharing their expertise and ideas. Or we know a student language ambassador who motivates young learners, showing them that learning languages is exciting, cool and contributes to their future success. The Association for Language Learning and Routes into Languages have worked together over the last two academic years to establish the Language Teacher and Language Ambassador of the Year Awards to recognise and celebrate this talent. The Awards have been generously supported to date by funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Stephen was nominated by Kathy Murdie, who said: "Stephen volunteers for all kinds of opportunities: from promotional work, to visiting schools, to delivering workshops or helping out at languages events. He approaches each job very conscientiously and in a very professional manner... Stephen has devised presentations to pupils to promote the benefits of languages and encourage continued language learning. He has delivered these presentations on various occasions and they have proved very popular. He has also devised a language workshop with some fellow students as part of the University HE days for year 8s. He was linked with a class whilst abroad as part of our Adopt-a-class programme and liaised with the teacher to ensure meaningful communication with the class."

For details of award winners in other categories, please visit 


Picture shows, from left to right: René Koglbauer, President of ALL and Director of Network for Languages North East, Stephen Way and Kathy Murdie, Project Administrator Languages, School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality, Leeds Beckett University.

Many thanks to ALL and Kathy Murdie for providing copy and photo.