Million pound boost for modern foreign languages

Date of press release: 10th August 2011

HEFCE has announced an additional £1.2 million to support the Routes into Languages initiative.

Buzz in Cambridge at Spelling Bee finals

Date of press release: 4th July 2011

Across the country, pupils have been preparing for the national final of the bilingual Spelling Bee. Brainchild of Cambridge teacher Jane Driver, the competition was extended across England and Wales by Routes into Languages, a university project working with schools. A memory test and a speaking competition rolled into one, eleven year old pupils have one minute to spell aloud as many memorised words as they can in French, German or Spanish. Hearing in one language and speaking in another is one of the skills perfected by interpreters, known as ‘switching’.

National spelling bee competition

Date of press release: 27th September 2010

National spelling bee competition

Routes into Languages responds to the interpreter shortage in the European Commission

Date of press release: 19th February 2009

The European Commission has indicated that hundreds of jobs for English mother tongue interpreters will become available in the next decade. A statement released today from the European Commission indicates ‘we are looking at a need for about 300 English native speaker conference interpreters within the next ten years.'

Routes into Languages Hosts National Launch

Date of press release: 4th February 2008

Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, Mr Bill Rammell, is launching the Routes into Languages programme with a keynote speech at a national launch event at the Living Room in central London on 5 February 2008.

The event is a celebration to launch the Routes into Languages programme and a thank you to stakeholders involved in the project, including members of 9 regional consortia, 2 national networks and 3 research projects.

Routes into Languages announces regional consortium for Greater London

Date of press release: 14th December 2007

The regional consortium for Greater London has been selected by the Routes into Languages steering group. Professor Michael Kelly, Director of Routes into Languages, comments: “We are delighted that so many London Universities have come together to develop such an innovative programme of activities.”

The Languages and Film Talent Awards Competition (LAFTAs)

Date of press release: 27th November 2007

With activity to promote language learning set to intensify as the Routes into Language project takes off, here's an activity to get students thinking about point of learning another language and producing a useful resource at the same time. The competition, run by CILT, involves creating a two minute video clip that presents the most convincing case for being able to speak more than one language. It can be an interview, an animation, a sketch or even some sort of spoof - the funnier the better!

Become a language student ambassador

Date of press release: 26th October 2007

Want to become a language student ambassador, working within a consortium? Not sure what's involved?

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