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Promoting the take-up of languages and student mobility


Project Officer - West Midlands Consortium


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: or by telephoning: 0121 359 0870 (24 hour answer phone), or by e-mail:, quoting reference number L08/174/99.

Closing date: Friday 1st August 2008.

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LAFTAs - the People's Vote


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 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 at the LAFTAs awards ceremony, taking place in London in September 2008. To take part in the People's Vote, go to, view the clips and rate your favourites from 1 (lowest score) to 5 (highest score).

Routes ebulletin - June 2008


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


  • 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


  • 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?


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

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!


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