We have been very busy at the University of Warwick
delivering ‘Why study languages?' presentations to Year 9 and Year 11 pupils in
eight local schools so far. Many more
visits are planed for next year. The presentations have been a great success.
Schools and teachers alike have given very positive feedback.
one tutor: "The students were lovely,
participated quite well and asked questions. I think that overall it was a
positive experience. The school inquired about having another presentation for
years 10 & 11".
From a head of languages: "The presentation was very good and Alicia (tutor
from the University
of Warwick) delivered it
well. It has certainly got students thinking about the importance of choosing
languages for GCSE. They particularly enjoyed the Gary Linekar clip when he is
speaking in Spanish. As Head of Languages I was very pleased that this was
being offered by the University as some students will have listened more and
taken more note of what was said because it came from
an outside speaker."
Our team of tutors have also enjoyed talking to
students and they feel that the participants have responded well and are
realising the importance of learning another language. We hope to continue with
our work during 2009 and to reach out to more schools.
We are currently preparing for our 3-day immersion
into Oriental languages event. It will take place on 14, 15 and 16 April. We
have many informative and entertaining activities planned and hope that 30
pupils from local schools will benefit from this. Warwick volunteers have started already visiting local schools
to help in language lessons. They also have some one-off events planned for this
term, including a day of learning Italian through drama.