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North East

The Language Resource Centre at Newcastle University has a small team in place, which will be available from Mid-January for virtual school visits, synchronous and asynchronous to promote language learning, and inter-cultural activities in line with the Routes into Languages aims. Please contact Ashleigh via: routesne@newcastle.ac.uk

Student Language Ambassador Programme 2017-18

Region: 
North East

Dear language enthusiasts!

We would like to invite you to be part of an exciting project. We at Routes into Languages North East work to encourage language learning and the uptake of languages at higher education level among school pupils in the region. In order to do this, however, we need our Newcastle University students to work with us as Student Language Ambassadors.

The role of a Student Language Ambassador is dynamic, varied and, above all, fun! Your work might range from giving motivational talks in schools to providing administrative support in the office and from participating in festivals and other cultural events to delivering language taster sessions and mini-lessons. We regularly rotate our Ambassadors to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate in a variety of events. The role is flexible - you decide when to work according to your own availability. Full training is provided to successful applicants. You will be paid at a rate of £8.64 per hour – this excludes time spent travelling, but we will reimburse your travel costs if working off-campus.

Acting as a Student Language Ambassador serves to benefit you in many ways, both personally and professionally. Not only is the role a unique opportunity to network with others within and outside of the University, it will also enable you to develop a multitude of key transferable skills that will enhance your future employability. We are keen that you learn as much as possible in the role and offer additional training opportunities whenever we can.

To apply, read the attached job description and person specification carefully, complete the application form and email it directly to routesne@newcastle.ac.uk by no later than Wednesday 4th October 5:00pm. Alternatively, should electronic submission not be possible, please post the documents to:

Student Language Ambassador Applications
Language Resource Centre
Old Library Building
Newcastle University
NE17RU.

Please note that, if selected, the proposed dates for interviews and subsequent training are respectively the afternoons of Wednesday 11th October and Wednesday 18th October.

With best wishes,

Helen Kenny

Language Learning Support Officer
Newcastle University

 

The European Apprentice

This event is fully booked
Date: 
Wednesday, 12 July, 2017 - 09:15 to 14:45
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Language Resource Centre, Old Library Building, Newcastle University NE1 7RU

Once again, Europe Direct North East and Routes into Languages North East are delighted to host the hugely successful one-day event aimed at Year 10 pupils of French: The European Apprentice.

Programme: 

 

Objectives

·         To understand and use appropriate persuasive language as a marketing tool

·         To better understand application of languages in a commercial context

 

Skills

·         Listening and speaking skills

·         Teamwork

·         Research using internet and social media video clips

·         Presentation skills

·         Entrepreneurship and development of understanding of the commercial world

 

School groups will visit the recently refurbished Newcastle University Language Resource Centre to take part in a competitive challenge to develop a marketing campaign in French for an assigned product. Split into small teams, pupils will have to create and pitch their designs to various linguist industry representatives who will also offer support in terms of presenting marketing strategy and experience. Current University student language ambassadors will also be on hand to assist pupils during the day.

Programme: 

Please be aware that the programme is currently provisional and may be subject to change.

09:15                           Arrival & Registration

09:30                           ‘Why languages are important to our business’ Industry Linguist (TBC)

09:50                           Text analysis activities:

  • Exercise 1: Online marketing
  • Exercise 2: Responding to complaints

11:00                           Break

11:15                           Viewing of French video advertisements (identification of key words)

11:20                           Translation exercise

12:00                           Lunch (provided free of charge)

12:45                           Main task: Each group will develop a short French advertisement for a chosen ‘Routes’ product using ‘Linguacast’ animation with support from student ambassadors

14:00                           Brand logo matching activity

14:20                           Presentation of finished adverts

14:30                           Feedback and prize-giving

14:45                           Departure

Booking information: 

Please register using the links available. Places are available for either 5 or 10 pupils of French per school (assuming 1 accompanying teacher per 5 pupils) but please be aware that registration does not automatically guarantee attendance and will only be fully confirmed following further correspondence with the Routes North East team. Many thanks in advance for your cooperation.
For further information please call 0191 208 5454 or email routesne@ncl.ac.uk

Booking information: 

Groups of either 5 or 10 pupils from any one school are welcome to register, with 1 or 2 teacher chaperones respectively. pupils should be year 10 studying French. Please inform event organisers as to any learning, mobility or dietary requirements you or your pupils may have. For further information please call 0191 208 5454 or email routesne@ncl.ac.uk

Region: 
North East

Calling all language enthusiasts,

We would like to invite you to be part of an exciting project. We at Routes into Languages North East work to encourage language learning and the uptake of languages at higher education level among school pupils in the region. In order to do this, however, we need our Newcastle University students to work with us as Student Language Ambassadors.

The role of a Student Language Ambassador is dynamic, varied and, above all, fun! Your work might range from giving motivational talks in schools to providing administrative support in the office and from participating in festivals and other cultural events to delivering language taster sessions and mini-lessons. We regularly rotate our Ambassadors to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate in a variety of events. The role is flexible - you decide when to work according to your own availability. Full training is provided to successful applicants. You will be paid at a rate of £8.64 per hour – this excludes time spent travelling, but we will reimburse your travel costs if working off-campus.

Acting as a Student Language Ambassador serves to benefit you in many ways, both personally and professionally. Not only is the role a unique opportunity to network with others within and outside of the University, it will also enable you to develop a multitude of key transferable skills that will enhance your future employability. We are keen that you learn as much as possible in the role and offer additional training opportunities whenever we can.

To apply, read the attached job description and person specification carefully, complete the application form and email it directly to routesne@newcastle.ac.uk alongside a tailored CV and Letter of Motivation by no later than Tuesday 11th October 12.00 noon. Alternatively, should electronic submission not be possible, please post the documents to:

Student Language Ambassador Applications
Language Resource Centre
Old Library Building
Newcastle University
NE17RU.

Please note that, if selected, the proposed dates for interviews and subsequent training are the afternoons of Wednesday 19th October and Wednesday 26th October.

With best wishes,

Helen Kenny

Language Learning Support Officer
Newcastle University

 

Beat the Rat Race 2016

This event is fully booked
Date: 
Wednesday, 14 December, 2016 - 09:30 to 14:30
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Newcastle University (The Beehive, Old Library Building)

In collaboration with Europe Direct, Routes into Languages North East presents... Beat the Rat Race: Using Languages To Get Ahead. 

Speakers from a wide range of professional sectors will demonstrate how language skills have benefited them in their careers in a fun and interactive way. There will also be the opportunity to learn a completely new language during taster sessions run by our very own Student Language Ambassadors. 
With an exciting panel of real life linguists, language taster sessions and more, this event is designed to inspire your pupils to take languages forward at GCSE and show them just where it could take them in future.

The panellists all use languages in their jobs in some way and represent a wide variety of different fields and organisations in the region and beyond. This is a unique chance to highlight the opportunities available to those with a language qualification.

The event is open to groups of up to 10 pupils per school who are in their options year (Year 8/9). The event will take place on Wednesday 14th December 2016 from 09:30 -14:30. Please see below for a full programme and a promotional flyer.

Programme: 

 

09:30 - 09:55 School registration

10:00 - 10:10 Welcome & Introduction

10:10 - 10:25 Ice-breaker activity

10:30 - 11:30 Q&A session with panellists

11:35 - 12:10 Poster competition activity

12:15 - 12:55 Lunch
(provided free of charge)

13:00 - 14:00 Language taster sessions

14:05 14:15 Prize-giving for best poster

14:15 - 14:30 Event feedback & close

14:30 School departures

Please note that this programme may be subject to change

Booking information: 

Joining Instructions: Beat the Rat Race 2016

Wednesday 14th December 2016
09:30 – 14:30

The Beehive, Old Library Building, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU

 

Map: please see separate document or visit http://www.ncl.ac.uk/about/visit/maps.htm. The Beehive is in the Old Library Building, No. 25 on the Campus Map.

 

Key Information

The event is capped at 100 pupils with a maximum of 10 from any one school. Pupils must be accompanied by a DBS checked teacher and must not be left unsupervised at any time during the day. Our Student Ambassadors have not undergone DBS checks at this current time. A full list of pupil and teacher names and other details as requested must be emailed to helen.kenny@ncl.ac.uk no later than Wednesday 30th November.

 

Arrivals

Registration will be from 09:30 – 09:55 at the Beehive registration desk which will be clearly signposted. Please arrive punctually for a 10:00 start.

 

Transport

Drop-off: there is a drop-off point for buses on King’s Road outside the Hatton Gallery. If you enter from the Claremont Road entrance you can drop-off and walk the short distance to the venue.

Parking:  we regret that there is no parking available for buses of any kind on the university campus. Bus drivers must make their own arrangements for parking their vehicle during the event.

Public Transport: Newcastle University is easily accessible by bus, train and Metro. The nearest Metro station is Haymarket, a short walk from the venue.

 

Programme

Please see the accompanying document for a full programme for the day. Please note that this may be subject to minor change.

 

What to bring

Please ensure that you and your pupils bring along with you:

The pre-delivered activity booklets, having completed the relevant sections in advance

Completed pre-event pupil questionnaires for all pupils

Completed photo permission forms for all pupils (please inform us of any pupils without permission when reporting to the registration desk upon arrival)

 

Lunch

A buffet lunch will be provided for teachers and pupils will be given a packed lunch free of charge, to be eaten in the Beehive. Please ensure that any dietary requirements are listed as part of the information provided in addition to teacher and pupils names.

 

Language Taster Sessions

School groups will be allocated to language taster sessions in advance, taking into account the language(s) already studied according to information provided in advance by the school.

 

Contact

If you have any further questions about the day, please email Language Learning Support Officer Helen Kenny (helen.kenny@ncl.ac.uk) or phone the Routes into Languages North East office on 0191 208 5454. For emergency contact on the day, please phone the Language Resource Centre reception on 0191 208 7490.

Attachments: 

Language Teaching: Times of Transition

Date: 
Saturday, 9 July, 2016 - 10:30 to Sunday, 10 July, 2016 - 15:00
Event Type: 
Conference
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Collingwood College, Durham University

Language Teaching: Times of Transition

9 – 10 July 2016

Durham University

The Purpose

This conference is open to all teachers looking to further their knowledge of Modern Languages and Cultures and particularly those with an interest in MFL transition. It will be of most benefit to those teaching Key Stages 4-5 but we would also welcome those teaching at Key Stage 3 level, as well as trainee teachers and PGCE students. The conference aims to:

  • Support professional development by providing enhanced knowledge and practical ideas and resources to use in the classroom.

  • Extend and deepen subject knowledge through interaction with a wide variety of MFL experts and stakeholders.

  • Enthuse and encourage those working with students with a keen interest in studying MFL further.

  • Enable teachers to give their students the best possible guidance and support to students who are considering Higher Education or a career using foreign language skills.

The Venue

This conference will take place in Durham University’s Collingwood College where you will also be accommodated overnight on 9th July. Some sessions may also take place in the award winning Oriental Museum. Food, entertainment and accommodation is provided free of charge.

Registration

Online registration will be opening soon at www.durham.ac.uk/forteachers. In the meantime, please email Routes into Languages North East Project Manager sophie.stewart2@ncl.ac.uk with queries.

Programme: 

This exciting and innovative free weekend conference represents a collaboration between the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University and Routes into Languages North East. The programme will cover a diverse range of innovative language teaching and research with a focus on progression and transition, including*:

  • GCSE & A Level Reforms

  • Primary to Secondary Transition

  • Culture in the MFL Classroom

  • Bridging the Gap from A Level to University

  • Object-based Learning for Language and Culture

  • The Future for Routes into Languages North East

Delegates will also benefit from a choice of interactive group discussion sessions, exploring topics from online language learning resource and cross-curricular learning opportunities to motivating pupils to progress and linking languages to careers. There will be opportunity to network during breaks and a conference dinner.

*Please be aware that the programme is currently provisional and may be subject to change

Booking information: 

Online registration is now open here via the Durham University For Teachers website. In the event of any queries, however, please email Routes into Languages North East Project Manager sophie.stewart2@ncl.ac.uk.

The European Apprentice

This event is fully booked
Date: 
Monday, 27 June, 2016 - 09:30 to 14:30
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Language Resource Centre, Newcastle University

Following the success of the annual Beat the Rat Race event, in a new joint venture, Europe Direct North East and Routes into Languages North East are delighted to launch a brand new one-day event aimed at Year 10 pupils: The European Apprentice.

Objectives

  • To understand and use appropriate persuasive language as a marketing tool
  • To better understand application of languages in a commercial context

Skills

  • Listening and speaking skills
  • Teamwork
  • Research using interenet and social media video clips
  • Presentation skills
  • Entrepreneurship and development of understanding of the commercial world

School groups will visit the recently refurbished Newcastle University Language Resource Centre to take part in a competitive challenge to develop a marketing campaign in French, German or Spanish for an assigned product. Split into small teams, pupils will have to create and pitch their designs to industry representatives (featuring UKTI North East, Lexica Communications and Sanako UK) who will also offer support in terms of presenting marketing strategy and experience. Current students of languages will also be on board to assist pupils during the day.

Programme: 

Please be aware that the programme is currently provisional and may be subject to change.

0945                       Arrival & Registration

1000                       Icebreaker Challenge & "Marketing to the World" Presentations

Schools will be split into two groups and switch between each activity.

1050                       Introduction to the LRC and Research Tools

1100                       Break

1115                     Introductory Group Activity

Pupils split into small groups for an activity using printed adverts and video clips (according to language studied).

1200                       Lunch (provided free of charge)

1245                       Main Task: Marketing Campaign Development

Each team of pupils is assigned a “Routes” branded product and asked to develop a short advert to be presented as a PowerPoint presentation with voiceover in target language, with support from facilitators.

1345                       Presentation of Adverts

1415                       Feedback & Prize-giving

1430                       Departure

Booking information: 

Please register your interest using the links available. Places are available for either 5 or 10 pupils per school (assuming 1 accompanying teacher per 5 pupils) but please be aware that registration does not automatically guarantee attendance. The nature of the event means that places will be allocated to ensure an appropriate balance between the three languages studied (French, German and Spanish) and will only be fully confirmed following further correspondence with the Routes North East team. Please be sure to include details of the language(s) studied by your pupils in the 'Comments' section when registering. Many thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Newcastle University welcomes North East spellers

Region: 
North East

 

An 80 strong host of Year 7 spellers, teachers and supporters descended on Newcastle University for the North East regional final of the Foreign Language Spelling Bee 2016 on the afternoon of Wednesday 20th April. Despite fewer schools taking part in the event this year, the competition remained fierce across all three categories of French, German and Spanish.

Following a welcome from Consortium Director Dr Elizabeth Andersen, the stage was set for the spelling to begin. There was much excitement as we witnessed a 'sudden death' round (a first for us here in the North East) of epic proportions which featured five straight minutes of superb spelling from two Chantry Middle School pupils competing to enter the French semi-final round. The refreshment break shortly afterwards was very much welcomed by pupils and judges alike!

Our congratulations go to the winners and runners-up in each category, all of whom will be representing the region at the national final in Cambridge on 1st July.

French

  1. Imandi Kumarapeli (Royal Grammar School Newcastle)
  2. Harsha Menon (Royal Grammar School Newcastle)
  3. Esme Collin (Gosforth Junior High Academy)
  4. Lauren Shepherdson (Gosforth Junior High Academy)

German

  1. Kushi Rao (Royal Grammar School Newcastle)
  2. Ananya Singh (Yarm School)
  3. Sarah Mhando (Yarm School)

Spanish

  1. Mehek Hathiramani (St Mary's Catholic School)
  2. Aleksandr Vuletic (St Mary's Catholic School)
  3. Cerys Williams (The Venerable Bede CE Academy)
  4. Charlie Lamb (The Venerable Bede CE Academy)

 

Thank you to all North East schools who took part in the competition this year  at class, school and regional level and we sincerely hope it has been a positive experience for pupils and teachers alike. We are also grateful to our excellent team of judges, comprising academic staff members Miss Ariane Bogain of Northumbria Univeristy, Dr Franck Michel, Dr Elizabeth Andersen, Dr Patricia Oliart and Lucy Hill of Newcastle University, in addition to Student Ambassadors Nicolas and Marcus. Fellow Student Ambassadors Amy, Ben, Liam and Lucy made sterling work of operating the FLSB programme and ensuring that all ran smoothly on the day.

"On your marks... get set... bake!" at The University of Sunderland

Region: 
North East

 

60 school children and teachers attended the North East Great Languages Bake Off Competition Final at The University of Sunderland on Monday 21st March.

Further to the success of the 2013 and 2015 competitions, this year over 55 school children from across the North East region produced videos featuring a recipe in French, German and Spanish and were invited for the competition final on campus where they presented their video entries and shared with the audience the process of making them.

University of Sunderland Routes Strand Leader Jenny Hayes, who devised and ran the event, explained: “The students rose to a tough challenge that required them to apply a wide range of cross-curricular skills that spanned from speaking in another language to filming techniques and from cooking skills to ICT based video production”. The judges were very impressed with the number of high quality entries that were received. The competition winners - Nunthorpe Academy with 'Religieuse au Chocolat' - received prizes of a beautiful chocolate and strawberry cake and a trophy.

Jenny was aided in the organisation of the competition by Student Language Ambassador Catia Garcia, who increased her employability skills by planning, liaising and coordinating a group of fellow Student Ambassadors. For more information about organising a similar event please contact Jenny Hayes at jenny.hayes@sunderland.ac.uk.

Mother Tongue Other Tongue 2016 (North East Regional Competition)

Date: 
Monday, 21 March, 2016 - 09:00 to Friday, 6 May, 2016 - 17:00
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Your school

With the national competition due to launch shortly, Routes into Languages North East are delighted to announce the return of the regional Mother Tongue Other Tongue poetry competition for 2016, officially launching as part of the Festival of International Culture from 21st-23rd March.

The regional competition is now open to all primary and secondary aged pupils aged 9-18 years old in the North East of England who can enter as individuals or small groups of up to 3 pupils. The competition comprises two distinct categories:

The Mother Tongue category of the competition consists of two parts, the first of which is the poem itself. This can be either an original, creative piece, or a poem or song that is ‘remembered’ (i.e. something in your first language that you recall, or that has been told to you by a relative) and can be in any language other than English. The second part should be a short explanation (no more than half a page) of the inspiration behind the piece, where it comes from, or why it is important to the person submitting it. This part must be written in English and is the part your entry will be judged on.

The Other Tongue category requires entries to be an original poem written in a language that is not the first language spoken by the person writing it. The languages you create your poem in should be studied in your school or as part of extra-curricular activity and can be any of the following: French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian and Italian.

The deadline for entering the competition is Friday 29th April 2016. Please find details in the flyer below for further reference, too.

Please send all entries as hard copies via post to:

Routes into Languages North East
Room 6.3 Old Library Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU

Please remember to complete and attach the cover sheet available to download below, detailing your name, school, year group and teacher’s name and e-mail address (or parent/guardian if sending in the work yourself).

Winners of each Key Stage category will be shortlisted by Friday 6th May and invited to attend the National Celebration ceremony at Manchester Metropolitan University on Thursday 30th June.

If you have any queries about the competition please email Consortium Project Manager Sophie Stewart at sophie.stewart2@ncl.ac.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

Festival of International Culture 2016 (Newcastle)

This event is fully booked
Date: 
Wednesday, 23 March, 2016 - 09:00 to 15:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Newcastle University

Our Festival of International Culture for Year 8-9 pupils about to make GCSE option choices is back for 2016!

The Festival will comprise of all sorts of different activities to raise awareness of the need for language learning in the UK. We will focus on the fun, active and practical side to learning new languages and cultures. This year, we are currently planning that the cultural element of the Festival will form part of the regional Mother Tongue, Other Tongue poetry competition, with workshops giving your pupils the chance to create a poem to submit as part of the regional competition.

This event at Newcastle University will last for the full school day and will take place between 9:30 and 15:00. It will be split between language taster sessions and interactive poetry workshops in which pupils will be encouraged to produce their own poems (either individually or as pairs/in small groups) to be entered into the regional competition.

The purposes of the day are as follows:

1) To introduce the idea of learning an entirely new language to school pupils

2) To show the students the benefits and opportunities that language learning can offer

3) To explore issues around multiculturalism and linguistic diversity within the UK

4) To encourage the creation of a piece of text or a poem in a language other than English

5) To give them an idea of what life in higher education is like through visiting a university campus

Programme: 

Please note that this is currently subject to change - please check back for further updates later this month.

9:15 - Arrivals & Registration

9:40 - Plenary: The Importance of Languages & Cultural Awareness

10:30 - Language Taster Session 1

11:35 - Mother Tongue, Other Tongue Introductory Workshop

12:15 - Lunch (not provided - school groups are asked to bring packed lunches)

12:50 - Mother Tongue, Other Tongue Poetry Writing Session

13:45 - Language Taster Session 2

14:45 - Event Feedback & Evaluations

15:00 - Departures

Booking information: 

Please register using the links available above or, in the event of any queries, email sophie.stewart2@ncl.ac.uk. Each school is able to bring a group of 15 pupils (either Year 8 or Year 9 but yet to make their GCSE option choices) and a total of six schools can take part in the event. Please be aware that a £50 cancellation fee applies in the event of cancellation with less than two weeks' notice ahead of the event - this is in respect to the additional administrative work involved and extra costs incurred as a result.

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