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Call for tenders for research project on Translation and Interpreting for the Public Services (PSIT)--Winner announced


Routes into Languages is delighted to announce that Anne Marie Graham, Director of Arqueros Consulting, is the lead investigator for a research project about Interpreting and Translation for the Public Service (PSIT) under the auspices of Routes into Languages. This project aims to provide an overview of PSIT provision in the UK and to build a platform for future collaboration between academics, practitioners and stakeholders in the sector. Anne Marie will be presenting interim research findings at the LLAS Higher Education Conference in Edinburgh in July.

Call for tenders for research project on Translation and Interpreting for the Public Services (PSIT)



The LLAS Centre for Languages Linguistics and Area Studies invites bids to carry out a research project to address provision of education in Translation and Interpreting for the Public Services (PSIT) in higher education (HE) in England. This project will be conducted under the auspices of Routes into Languages ( Routes is a national programme currently funded by HEFCE, which aims to widen participation in language learning and to increase the numbers of first language English students taking translating and interpreting courses in English universities.   


Research project Introduction

As part of Routes into Languages continuation work, a research project will be funded to investigate issues in the following areas:

  • Teaching provision in Interpreting and Translation for the Public Services in higher education in England
  • The role of HE in supporting the profession and the sector more broadly

This theme has been chosen to support the PSIT sector through raising professional standards and through building a community of practitioners and stakeholders in the sector.


The six-month project aims to provide information on the current context in which PSIT is taught by identifying the barriers and issues around provision of PSIT courses and/or units. This research will eventually shed light on a number of practical steps that may be taken to support PSIT in higher education and other sectors, such as further education. It is anticipated that the project will have a community-building aspect to it. A report outlining a set of recommendations and suggestions for the HE sector will be published at the end of the project and will be disseminated through LLAS events and publishing tools.


Bidders will be able to bid for up to £20,000 to carry out the research outlined below. Work should start no later than 30 January 2012 and will have to be completed by 31 July 2012.


Deadline for submission of proposals: 13 January 2012.


The successful applicant will be notified in the week beginning 23 January 2012.


For project description and further information please click here (.pdf)

For project description and further information please click here (.docx)

Million pound boost for modern foreign languages


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

Routes into Languages aims to increase take up of modern foreign language courses in higher education in England, and encourage more young people of all backgrounds to study languages at university.

The Routes programme comprises nine regional consortia of universities throughout England, plus national networks for translation and interpreting and research projects.

Click here to read the full HEFCE press release

Final report from our external evaluators


Please click here to view the final report from SQW, our external evaluators.

The report highlights the diverse range of activities undertaken by the nine Routes into Languages regional consortia and by the National Networks for Translating and Interpreting. It also demonstrates the impact of the Routes into Languages Programme on increasing student motivation in school and on helping to enhance the profile of languages. The report concludes by proposing that the Routes programme represents a highly successful model of collaboration.

State school girls triumph at Bee finals


Top spellers in the England final of the foreign language spelling bee 6 July were:

  • Alice Pawluk for French, from Cardinal Wiseman school in West London
  • Emily Pote for German, from Wilmslow High School in Cheshire
  • Isabel Moss for Spanish, from Landau Forte College in Derby.

Well done to them and to all the 90 other finalists. The standard was high and the tension mounted as pupils competed at Homerton College, University of Cambridge.

Winning trophies were presented by our partner organisations and sponsor the European Commission, with additional support from the French, German and Spanish Embassies.

The event was assisted by a team of Language Leaders from Year 8 at Comberton Village College. Creator of the Bee, Jane Driver, language project teacher at Comberton commented on the high standard and maturity of all pupils. Rachel Hawkes, Language College Director from Comberton announced the winners. Sarah Schechter, project manager for Routes into Languages East region, Heather McGuinness, Programme Manager and Professor Michael Kelly, Director gave additional speeches and support to this first ever national final.

The second national final will be for Wales on Wednesday 13 July 2011 in Cardiff.


French WINNER Alice Pawluk Cardinal Wiseman, London
  2nd Francesca Adams Bolton School Girl's Division, NW (but representing WM)
  3rd Anjali Anicatt Bolton School Girl's Division, NW (but representing WM)
  4th Rachel Legon Royal Alex & Albert, South
German WINNER Emily Pote Wilmslow High School, NW
  2nd Maisy Bates Norton Hill School, SW (but representing South)
  3rd Anny Bush Thomas Lord Audley, East of England
  4th Lydia Pickering Beverley High School, YH
Spanish WINNER Isabel Moss Landau Forte College, EM
  2nd Tayeba Bhamjee Stretford High School, NW
  3rd Odysseus Kalantaridis Harrogate Grammar, YH
  4th Klaudia Wyzykiewicz Sheffield High School, YH

Photos from the event

Routes into Languages Spelling Bee final

Wednesday, 6 July, 2011 - 01:00
Homerton College, University of Cambridge

Dear teacher

Thank you all for returning your reply slip to us. In preparation for next Wednesday please find attached:

•Draft programme of the day. Final programmes will be available to collect when you register (from 16.00).

•Site map for Homerton College.

There are 200 parking spaces available on site at Homerton. Unfortunately, we are unable to reserve any parking spaces so it will be on a first come, first served basis. If this is full there is an alternative NCP car park, details of which can be found here: Leisure

If you require taxis, companies include Panther 01223 715715 and Ace 01223 245245

The walk from the station to the college should take approximately 20-25 minutes

We would just like to reiterate that we can only allow one supporter (ie parent or guardian) per participating pupil. We cannot accommodate any extra supporters on the day as this may breach capacity.

Please make sure that all your pupils are revising from the correct, updated list which can be found at

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - please find attached risk assessment form and all pupils should wear their school uniform.

We hope that you are looking forward to the competition as much as we are. With nearly 90 pupils competing across the three languages it promises to be a really fantastic event.

See you next week!

The bee team

Routes into Languages
School of Humanities
Avenue Campus
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ
Tel: 023 8059 9413
Fax: 023 8059 4815

Celebration as Routes receives more funding from HEFCE


Director, Michael Kelly, is very happy to report that HEFCE has confirmed that it wishes to support the Routes into Languages programme for a bridging period from 1 April 2011 to 31 July 2012. The bridging period will enable the most effective Routes activities to be continued. It will also provide an opportunity for longer term plans to be developed in the light of anticipated changes in the HE environment from August 2012.

MYLO is now live!


MYLO is an exciting free online resource full of interactive challenges, games and material aimed at pupils in UK secondary schools. It’s ideal for use with KS3 pupils learning French, German, Spanish and Mandarin. Teenagers can take one of MYLO’s fun interactive challenges to use their language skills in exciting ‘real-life’ situations.
Find out more here.

CILT Plus free trial


CILT is running a 7-day free trial to give teachers and schools the chance to find out more about CILT Plus, a unique new online community for language teachers and professionals. Benefits of CILT Plus membership include a treasure chest of resources, online training modules, a tailored Ask CILT service, and discounts on CILT events and books.  Find out more information here.

National spelling bee competition


Year 7 pupils in England learning French, German or Spanish are invited to compete for the national Routes into Languages Spelling Bee title, which is launched this week.

Please find below documents relating to the spelling bee:

The National Final teacher pack and word lists with translations of HYPHEN (French, German, Spanish) and APOSTROPHE (French) as pupils will need to say these words when they are spelling.


Frequently asked questions to follow