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2014 Language and Study Skills Summer School at UCL

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From Monday 28 July to Friday 8 August, UCL will run a non residential summer school for year 12 students who are interested in learning a new language. Below is an overview of key information about the summer school. If you would like more information on the programme, please visit our website.

 

The programme
Students don’t have to know a foreign language to take part in this  summer school as the summer school is both for students who are interested in language learning, and for students who would like to try something new with their summer holiday.

The language sessions are taught in a fun and interactive way and are all taught at beginners level. At the end of the two weeks, we aim to have taught students to basic conversational level.

 

Students can choose to learn one of the following languages:

·        Arabic

·        French

·        German

·        Italian

·        Japanese

·        Mandarin

·        Spanish

 

We will also run a variety of academic skills sessions in the afternoons, with a focus on learning techniques for university study, getting to know UCL, and tips for applying to university. This offers students a great opportunity to get to know other students and to really find out about university life.

 

How to apply
Students can apply for the Language and Study Skills Summer School by completing the online application form.

For information on eligibility requirements, please visit our website.

Applications will close on the 9 May 2014 but we encourage applications to be submitted as early as possible.

 

Quick Facts
·        The summer school is free of charge to attend

·        UCL will cover the cost of travel to and from the summer school, lunch, and refreshments.

·        It runs from Monday 28 July to Friday 8 August, 2014 (excluding weekends)

·        There are 100 spaces available for year 12 students

·        Each day runs from 9am-3.30pm

·        Students  must have 100% attendance on the summer school

 

Please  circulate this information  to all relevant year 12 students. If you, or your students, have any questions about the summer school, please don’t hesitate to contact me on alice.salmon@ucl.ac.uk or 020 7679 7003.

Routes into Languages National Spelling Bee

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Thursday, 26 September, 2013 - 01:00 to Friday, 4 July, 2014 - 01:00
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HOLDING PAGE!

 

The Routes into Languages Foreign Language Spelling Bee 2013/4 will be officially launching on the European Day of Languages (26th September).

 

There will be a brand new website coming soon and you'll be able to click here to go straight to it as soon as it goes live. In the meantime, if you did not take part in the competition last year and would like to this year, please email sarah.schechter@anglia.ac.uk to be put on the database for an email with registration details as soon as they become available.

£3.1 million to boost student demand for modern foreign language courses

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The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has announced an additional £3.1 million to support a new programme of activity led by the University of Southampton which will encourage more young people of all backgrounds to study languages at university.

From August 2013, a consortium led by the University’s Centre for Languages Linguistics and Area Studies will deliver a three-year programme which builds upon the achievements of the Routes into Languages activities by stimulating new ideas and partnerships to address the challenges arising from reforms in schools and higher education.

The new programme, which will retain the Routes into Languages name, will encourage greater collaboration between universities, schools and employers, with the aim of raising aspirations and attainment of students in secondary schools and higher education. Activities will include events, the appointing of student ambassadors and sustained interventions such as programmes of languages in context and a national language-related Spelling Bee competition. There will also be a focus on increasing participation in work and study abroad, and promoting career opportunities and employability for language students.

University of Southampton Professor Mike Kelly, Director of the Routes into Languages programme, says:  “I am delighted that we shall be able to build on the remarkable achievements of Routes in promoting the study of languages. The HEFCE investment will facilitate a unique programme of collaboration between more than 60 universities across England, working with hundreds of schools and thousands of students. The new programme, co-ordinated by the team at the University of Southampton, will make a real impact on the take-up of languages and of opportunities to work and study abroad.”

Chris Millward, HEFCE Associate Director, comments:  “We are very pleased to continue our support for this important programme to raise demand from young people to study modern foreign languages. Employers have consistently highlighted the importance of languages and intercultural skills within a globalised labour force. The new programme’s activities will complement our recent funding settlement for the year abroad by promoting language-based studies, and study and work abroad, to students in all disciplines.”

Professor Jim Coleman, Chair of the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML), says:  “HEFCE’s initiative underlines the enormous importance of language study in this country and UCML’s members enthusiastically welcome this renewed support. University language departments are totally committed to championing language learning in schools, to maximising outward mobility and to increasing the take-up of languages by students in all disciplines. We are renewing language curricula and expanding access to provide graduates with the full range of capabilities which the job market demands. HEFCE’s backing helps us enormously in achieving these goals – this is a great day for languages.”

HEFCE is continuing to support modern foreign languages within its programme of support for strategically important and vulnerable subjects (SIVS). Following advice from the SIVS Advisory Group, HEFCE is considering how collaborative provision may sustain the modern foreign language supply in higher education, despite the continued decline in applications to modern foreign language degree courses.

EC competition

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This year's European Commission competition for young translators Juvenes Translatores will take place on 27 November and is open to pupils born in 1995. Schools can register online from 1 September to 20 October. The prize for the UK's best young translator will be a trip to Brussels.  Deadline 20th October 2012. 

Click here for details.

Mandarin Chinese Speaking Competition

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2012/13 is the 10th anniversary year for the HSBC/British Council Mandarin Chinese Speaking Competition and we hope all of the secondary schools involved in the teaching and learning of Mandarin will take part in this outstanding opportunity to celebrate and develop Mandarin language and culture!

There is the great prize of a cultural visit to Beijing in April 2013 for the winners with two categories to enter: Individual Language Ability (for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced) and the Group Performance section.

We hope you can share and disseminate this fantastic opportunity widely across your contacts and networks; the closing date is 12 October. 

Click here for further details and application form.

Link2Learn competition

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The British Council are very pleased to announce the 2012 Link2Learn competition which is open to any school (primary, secondary, SEN), international co-ordinator and local authority in the UK which is involved in the International School Award (www.britishcouncil.org/isa)

There are valuable cash prizes on offer to win up to £5000 to embed, celebrate and further develop and impact of the creative and innovative dimensions of teaching and learning. Winners and runners up will receive their cheques at a presentation ceremony at HSBC Canary Wharf on Friday 16 November.

It’s very easy to enter (up to 900 words describing the impact of your international work) with the chance to win some significant funds so good luck with your entry!  Closing date 19 October.

Click here for further details and application form.

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