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Routes e-bulletin - October 2008

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Dear language enthusiast!

With the start of the new term, the regional consortia and national networks are now gearing up for a new year of language promotion activities and events.  Have a look at the links below to find out what’s going on in your region!

Judi Clark
Assistant Programme Manager

Up-coming events

Events in the North East

  • 15th October: Tyneside Cinema Spanish Film Day - Year 12, Tyneside Cinema FULLY BOOKED
  • 15th October: GCSE Tasters, Sunderland University
  • 16th October: Roadshow, Easington Community College FULLY BOOKED
  • 22nd October: A level Masterclass, Durham University
  • 23rd October: Roadshow, Laurence Jackson School FULLY BOOKED
  • 5th November: A level Masterclass, Teeside University
  • 6th November: Roadshow, Macmillan Academy FULLY BOOKED
  • 12th November: Tyneside Cinema French Film Day – Year 12, Tyneside Cinema
  • 12th November: Year 11 Masterclass with taster, Durham University
  • 13th November: Roadshow, Ponteland High FULLY BOOKED
  • 14th November: Year 12 Linguacast, Newcastle University
  • 20th November: Roadshow, Carmel School FULLY BOOKED

Events in the North West

  • 5th November: Italian A level Day, MMU University
  • 6th November: Urdu A level Day, University of Manchester

Events in the East

  • 1st October - 31st December: Business Mandarin and Chinese classes, University of Bedfordshire
  • 18th October: The World’s Got Talent, competition launch, University of Cambridge

Events in the West Midlands

  • 29th September – 12th December: FLAGS (Foreign Language Awareness Group for Schools) – Italian and Japanese
  • 13th November: Active Languages (Sports and Languages) Introductory Conference, University of Birmingham

Events in the South West

  • 1st November: Languages at Work in the South West

National Network for Translation Events

  • 8th November: The changing face of translation conference, University of Portsmouth

Third party events

  • 22nd October: ESRI centre for Research and Linguistics seminar: Optimizing quality for users, the translation of corporate film material
    For further information contact: Dr. Sameh Hanna, School of Languages s.hanna@salford.ac.uk or Debbie Hughes, ESRI d.hughes1@salford.ac.uk
  • 24th – 26th October: Isle of Wight Conference at Nodehill Middle School, for modern foreign language teachers and practitioners.
  • 12th November: ESRI centre for Research and Linguistics seminar: Comparing cohesive strategies in English and German originals and translations
    For further information contact: Dr. Sameh Hanna, School of Languages s.hanna@salford.ac.uk or Debbie Hughes, ESRI d.hughes1@salford.ac.uk

News and recent events

For further details, check out each regions webpage by clicking on the region name.

North East

See the report on the Routes into Languages North East regional launch.

North West

The Community and Lesser Taught Languages Project was successfully launched on Thursday 8th May 2008.
Coming soon: First edition of the North West regional newsletter.  Contact l.ashby@mmu.ac.uk for further details.

Yorkshire and The Humber

Dissemination Event – 2nd July
This event was an introduction into Routes into Languages, aimed at those interested in promoting languages, in particular teachers from schools and colleges in the region.

East Midlands

Children from schools in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire attended two internationally themed family language suppers at the end of the summer term.

West Midlands

Student volunteers from the University of Warwick worked with Arden School in Solihull to organise two language days on the University Campus.

South

Routes into Languages in the South has enjoyed a successful first year of the project, with many exciting events taking place throughout the region.

South West

University World News – a fast growing weekly internet-based international higher education newsletter – has highlighted an innovative film project.

Hobsons report

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National

Bespoke analysis of the Hobsons’ 2007 school-leaver data, commissioned by Routes into Languages 

The aim of the analysis was to support the ongoing work of Routes into Languages relating to awareness and uptake of languages, provide an insight into student attitudes to languages, focusing on key sub-groups and paint a picture of school and college leavers and explore the particular perceptions and behaviours of students who expressed an interest in studying languages at university, as well as those who do not intend to continue with languages.

Final report

Download final report (723Kb, pdf)

Je Suis Un Rock Star

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National

Back in May we announced that TV production company Shine Limited were looking for enthusiastic young students for the ultimate work experience - touring with a band and helping fix some of the arrangements, using language skills along the way to assist the team.

We are now pleased to reveal that the series will be shown on T4 starting Saturday 9th August at 9.25 am.

Routes e-bulletin - July 2008

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National

Dear language enthusiast!
Summer’s here at last! With the summer holidays almost upon us, many consortia are looking forward to a well earned August break before the new school year gets under way. June and July have been buzzing with Routes into Languages activity, so here’s the latest from across the regions in England.

Judi Clark
Assistant Programme Manager

Up-coming events

Intensive courses in Chinese and Japanese at Birmingham University

28th July – West Midlands
These 3-day courses are held at the University of Birmingham for gifted and talented Y12 pupils. They combine an introduction to the languages with an introduction to Chinese and Japanese culture. 

 

Summer School, Anglia Ruskin University

28th July – East
An opportunity for pupils from years 7, 8 & 9 to have fun learning a new language and finding out about its culture. 

 

Open evenings for postgraduate courses at University of Westminster

3rd September – National Network for Interpreting. Contact: S.Bryans@westminster.ac.uk

 

External event: “How to advertise French teaching to adults”

18th – 25th September, organised by the French Institute
For further information download the event flyer (pdf)
www.institut-français.org.uk/docs/education/presentation-seminaire-formation.pdf

 

Consortium Project Launch at The Deep, Hull

24th September - Yorkshire and the Humber
The evening will be an opportunity to find out what this exciting and innovative project is about, and discover ways you can become involved in shaping the languages agenda for the region.

News and recent events

For further details, check out each regions webpage by clicking on the region name.

Job vacancy

Supporting the West Midlands Consortium for Routes into Languages, the post will develop and co-ordinate new initiatives and promote outreach activities to encourage the study of Modern Foreign Languages. Closing date: Friday 1st August 2008.

Languages in Higher Education Conference

7th – 9th July
LLAS and CILT held a joint conference in York, with delegates from universities throughout England focusing on the theme “Transitions and Connections”.  Routes into Languages was well represented through a stream of workshops held by the regional consortia, networks and research projects.  Further details and downloadable presentations from the subject centre website to follow: www.llas.ac.uk/events

National Network for Interpreting

  • 18th June – Open evenings for postgraduate courses at University of Westminster
  • 2nd & 3rd July – AS level oral skills event including interpreting at University of Salford

National Network for Translation

  • 7th June – Starting work as a translator or interpreter at University of Westminster
  • 20th June – Audiovisual translation at University of Salford

South West

  • 2nd June – Languages for Business Competition closing date
  • 2nd June – German Language Day (Yr 10), University of Plymouth
  • 25th June – The benefits of studying Modern Languages conference for year 10 at University of Exeter

South

  • 23rd June – World of Work, University of Reading
  • 23rd June – Able Linguist Days, University of Portsmouth
  • 7th July – Languages on Film, University of Brighton

East Midlands

  • 10th July – East Midlands Regional Languages Summer School, Nottingham Trent University

West Midlands

  • 10th June – World of Work, University of Wolverhampton
  • 13th June – Deutsch und Fußball, University of Birmingham

Yorkshire and the Humber

  • 25th June – Eurofest, Selby College
  • 2nd July – Stakeholders event at the National Railway Museum in York
  • 10th July – OU Open Day, OU regional centre, Leeds
  • 14th July – Focus on Latin America, Y12 Spanish Conference, University of Leeds

North West

  • 13th June – Language Enrichment Event, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 23rd June – Language Enrichment Event, University of Manchester
  • 1st July – Language Enrichment Event, University of Central Lancashire
  • 4th July – Language Enrichment Event, University of Bolton
  • 7th July – Language Enrichment Event, University of Salford

North East

  • 17th – 19th June – Yr 12 Linguacast Days at Newcastle University
  • 24th June – Yr 8 Languages are Brill at Newcastle University
  • 26th June – Yr 8 Languages are Brill at Northumbria University
  • 2nd July – Yr 12 AS level Master class at Teesside University
  • 3rd July – Don’t stop me now, Marriot Hotel, Metro Centre, Newcastle
  • 15th - 17th July – Yr 12 AS level Master class at Durham University

Project Officer - West Midlands Consortium

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National

School of Languages & Social Sciences

(fixed term for 2 years)

Salary Range: £28,290 to £33,780 p.a.

Supporting the West Midlands Consortium for Routes into Languages, you will develop and co-ordinate new initiatives and promote outreach activities to encourage the study of Modern Foreign Languages.

Educated to degree level or equivalent, you should have experience of project co-ordination, ideally in an educational context, and a strong interest in languages. Candidates should have good IT skills, with experience of monitoring financial budgets, together with excellent communication, organisational and negotiation skills.

Application forms and further particulars are available on our website: http://www.aston.ac.uk/jobs or by telephoning: 0121 359 0870 (24 hour answer phone), or by e-mail: recruitment@aston.ac.uk, quoting reference number L08/174/99.

Closing date: Friday 1st August 2008.

Click here for Employer Profile

LAFTAs - the People's Vote

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National

The Language and Film Talent Awards (LAFTAs) is a competition for 13-21 year olds, run by CILT, the National Centre for Languages. Over the course of the competition, CILT asked young people to send in two-minute videos showing why languages are important.

CILT received over 160 entries from all across the UK, showing why we need languages: from being lost in a foreign country, to meeting the love of your life, to being attacked by sharks, cannibals or dragons...

The deadline for this year's competition has now passed, but you still have the chance to get involved by joining in the ‘People's Vote', hosted by Multilingualvacancies.com. Vote on your favourite clips from the CILT shortlist and see how your favourites compare with the views of our celebrity judging panel, including Sir Trevor McDonald and comedian Eddie Izzard.

The winner of the ‘People's Vote' will receive a special prize sponsored by Multilingualvacancies.com at the LAFTAs awards ceremony, taking place in London in September 2008. To take part in the People's Vote, go to http://www.multilingualvacancies.com/videos.php, view the clips and rate your favourites from 1 (lowest score) to 5 (highest score).

Routes ebulletin - June 2008

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National

Dear language enthusiast!

Welcome to the first Routes into Languages e-bulletin, designed to keep you up to date with the latest news, events and developments at Routes. Despite the rainy weather outside, Routes teams across the country have been undaunted in their efforts to promote languages and engage with a range of language learners. See below for details about regional news this month.

Judi Clark
Assistant Programme Manager

News and recent events

South West

  • 6th May – Sea, Hear – Languages at Sea: the Artemis Transat Yacht Race in Plymouth, University of Plymouth
  • 14th May – French and Spanish Languages Taster Day for Year 9, University of Plymouth Business School
  • 16th May – Video Diary competition closing date

East

  • 10th May – GCSE Revision Classes, Anglia Ruskin University

East Midlands

  • 22nd May – Themed Family Supper at Nottingham Trent University

North West

  • 8th May – Launch of the North West Consortium, Manchester Metropolitan University

North East

  • 30th April – Yr 13 A level Masterclass, Durham University
  • 30th April – Yr 13 A level Masterclass, Sunderland University
  • 30th April – Yr 13 A level Masterclass, Northumbria University
  • 8th May – Yr 11 GCSE Masterclass, Northumbria University

National Network for Translation

  • 1st May – How to become a good translator trainer at Aston University

Upcoming Events

National Network for Interpreting

  • 18th June – Open evenings for postgraduate courses at University of Westminster
  • 2nd & 3rd July – AS level oral skills event including interpreting at University of Salford
  • 3rd September – Open evenings for postgraduate courses at University of Westminster

National Network for Translation

  • 7th June – Starting work as a translator or interpreter at University of Westminster
  • 20th June – Audiovisual translation at University of Salford

South West

  • 2nd June – Languages for Business Competition closing date
  • 2nd June – German Language Day (Yr 10), University of Plymouth
  • 25th June – The benefits of studying Modern Languages conference for year 10 at University of Exeter

East

  • 28th July – Summer School, Anglia Ruskin University

East Midlands

  • 10th July – East Midlands Regional Languages Summer School, Nottingham Trent University

West Midlands

  • 28th July – Intensive courses in Chinese and Japanese at Birmingham University

Yorkshire and the Humber

  • 2nd July – Stakeholders event at the National Railway Museum in York

North West

  • 13th June – Language Enrichment Event, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 23rd June – Language Enrichment Event, University of Manchester
  • 1st July – Language Enrichment Event, University of Central Lancashire
  • 4th July – Language Enrichment Event, University of Bolton
  • 7th July – Language Enrichment Event, University of Salford

North East

  • 17th – 19th June – Yr 12 Linguacast Days at Newcastle University
  • 24th June – Yr 8 Languages are Brill at Newcastle University
  • 26th June – Yr 8 Languages are Brill at Northumbria University
  • 2nd July – Yr 12 AS level Master class at Teesside University
  • 15th - 17th July – Yr 12 AS level Master class at Durham University

 

Want to tour in Europe with a band?

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National

Are you aged 17 - 21?

Love music?

Learning a language at school, college or university?

Available summer 2008?  

TV production company Shine Limited are looking for enthusiastic young students for the ultimate work experience - touring with a band and helping fix some of the arrangements, using language skills along the way to assist the team  

Apply now at fixers@shinelimited.com

For a copy of the Flyer

For a copy of the letter to head teachers

Deadline for applications 13 June 2008 

Routes into Languages on the radio!

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National

On Monday 4th February 2008 members of the Routes into Languages programme went on air to discuss the shortage of interpreters with Libby Purves on Radio 4's The Learning Curve.

Heather McGuinness, Programme manager for Routes into Languages was joined on air by Brian Fox, European Commission; Dr Svetlana Carsten, director of the National Network for Interpreting and Sophie Llewellyn - Smith, University of Leeds discuss the issue.

To listen again go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/learningcurve_20080204.shtml

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