Led by Newcastle University, in partnership with Durham University, Northumbria University and the University of Sunderland.

Key contact

Sophie Stewart
North East Consortium Project Manager

Room 6.3, School of Modern Languages, Old Library Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU


tel: 01912085454

What's happening in the North East?

With targeted interventions from Year 7 through until Year 13, the Routes into Languages North East Consortium provides a comprehensive programme designed to raise the profile of language learning in this region. Our ultimate aim is to increase and widen participation in Higher Education language programmes whilst motivating learners, working closely with regional stakeholders, and supporting MFL teachers in our 12 LEAs.

The Routes North East programme offers a unique blend of web learning and pedagogical support with an emphasis on employability. We are also the lead consortium for the thematic area of Issues of Teacher Supply and are working to develop numerous events and resources to promote careers in MFL teaching. Through all of this we hope to enthuse, and infuse, the North East with an international spirit, heightened intercultural awareness, and linguistic expertise.

Activities and events

Activities & Competitions

  • European Day of Languages competition
  • The Foreign Language Spelling Bee (North East)
  • The Great Languages Bake Off
  • Mother Tongue Other Tongue poetry competition


Events at your school

  • Bespoke visits from Student Language Ambassadors for pupils and parents
  • Language Roadshows for Year 9 pupils with Northumbria University
  • Film Days and Enterprising Languages at Work Days with Durham University
  • Careers & Employability Talks

Events on a university campus

  • Beat the Rat Race careers event for Year 9 pupils at Newcastle University
  • Linguacast Days at Newcastle University
  • Film Days and Masterclasses at Sunderland University
  • The Festival of International Culture (various campuses across the region)
  • Meet the Translator & Interpreters for Sixth Form, UG & PG Students
  • Routes into Language Teaching workshops

Events in the city

  • MFL Film Study Days at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne

How can you get involved?

Please click here to receive regular updates about Routes North East activities via our regional mailing list. You can also sign up to the national Routes into Languages mailing list here.

BOOKINGS: Please visit the Events pages on this site or email with any queries.

Please be aware that in a bid to ensure that places are not left unexpectedly vacant at the expense of schools who might otherwise have been able to participate, a £50 administration fee will ordinarily be levied on cancellations with less than one week’s notice, without reasonable cause. For major events such as the Festival of International Culture, for which we are regularly forced to operate reserve waiting lists, this would be extended to up to less than 2 weeks' notice. Please take this into consideration when making a booking.


Student Language Ambassadors:

If you are a Newcastle University student and wish to apply to be part of the Student Ambassador team for 2015-16 please find the job description, person specification and application form, in addition to a recruitment process timeline, available to download using the links below.