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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

Newcastle Festival of International Culture

Date: 
Friday, 22 March, 2013 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Newcastle University, Bedson Teaching Centre

This year will see our successful Festival of International Culture taking place in Newcastle once more!

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.

The event will last for full school day and take place between 9:30 and 15:00. It will be split between language taster sessions and practical introductions to new cultures and practices such as dance, martial arts and music.

The purpose of the day is:

1) To introduce the idea of learning a new language to school pupils.

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

3) To give them an idea of what life in higher education is like

Over the last two years we have been forced to reduce the number of school groups able to take part in the Festival so get your booking in quickly to avoid disappointment.

The Festival this year is open only to groups of year 8 or 9 pupils who will NOT have taken their GCSE options before the 22nd March. The number of students per goup is limited to 15.

Programme: 

9:15 - Arrivals/registration

9:40 - Plenary

10:30 - First group session

11:30 - Second group session

12:20- Lunch (not provided)

13:00 - Third group session

14:00 - Fourth group session

14:50 - Evaluations

15:00 - Departures

Each school group will have the opportunity to learn two completely new languages (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese etc.), take part in exciting cultural activites (e.g. capoeira, African drumming, caligraphy) and will also be have the chance to meet new people and discover the importance and joy of language learning in a university setting.

Teesside Festival of International Culture

Date: 
Monday, 18 March, 2013 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Teesside University, Clarendon Building

This year will see our successful Festival of International Culture taking place in Teesside once more!

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.

The event will last for full school day and take place between 9:30 and 15:00. It will be split between language taster sessions and practical introductions to new cultures and practices such as dance, martial arts and music.

The purpose of the day is:

1) To introduce the idea of learning a new language to school pupils.

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

3) To give them an idea of what life in higher education is like

Over the last two years we have been forced to reduce the number of school groups able to take part in the Festival so get your booking in quickly to avoid disappointment.

The Festival this year is open only to groups of year 8 or 9 pupils who will NOT have taken their GCSE options before the 18th March. The number of students per goup is limited to 15.

Programme: 

9:15 - Arrivals/registration

9:40 - Plenary

10:30 - First group session

11:30 - Second group session

12:20- Lunch (not provided)

13:00 - Third group session

14:00 - Fourth group session

14:50 - Evaluations

15:00 - Departures

Each school group will have the opportunity to learn two completely new languages (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese etc.), take part in exciting cultural activites (e.g. capoeira, African drumming, caligraphy) and will also be have the chance to meet new people and discover the importance and joy of language learning in a university setting.

The Three Musketeers

Date: 
Friday, 22 March, 2013 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Culture Lab, Newcastle University

Routes into Languages is collaborating with local theatre group Theatres sans Frontieres to bring you a fantastic new production of The Three Musketeers.

The play will be performed in French at a level that is suitable for AS/A Level groups and Year 11 gifted and talented sets. Our fantastic student ambassadors will perform the play at Newcastle University's state-of-the-art Culture Lab. Following the performance we will run some target language groupwork activities with your pupils around the themes of the piece. These will be led by Helene Beaugy who many of you will know from her work on the French film days at the Tyneside Cinema. Helene is a former teacher with bags of experience in teaching French through new contexts.

This is a FREE event, book now to avoid disappointment!

Programme: 

10:15 - Welcome, short introductory presentation

10:30 - Performance: The Three Musketeers

11:30 - Performance ends, short break

11:45 - Groupwork activities

12:30 - Evaluations, departures

Durham Festival of International Culture

Date: 
Wednesday, 20 March, 2013 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Durham University, Elvet Riverside

This year will see our successful Festival of International Culture taking place in Durham once more!

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.

The event will last for full school day and take place between 9:30 and 15:00. It will be split between language taster sessions and practical introductions to new cultures and practices such as dance, martial arts and music.

The purpose of the day is:

1) To introduce the idea of learning a new language to school pupils.

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

3) To give them an idea of what life in higher education is like

Over the last two years we have been forced to reduce the number of school groups able to take part in the Festival so get your booking in quickly to avoid disappointment.

The Festival this year is open only to groups of year 8 or 9 pupils who will NOT have taken their GCSE options before the 20th March. The number of students per goup is limited to 15.

Programme: 

9:15 - Arrivals/registration

9:40 - Plenary

10:30 - First group session

11:30 - Second group session

12:20- Lunch (not provided)

13:00 - Third group session

14:00 - Fourth group session

14:50 - Evaluations

15:00 - Departures

Each school group will have the opportunity to learn two completely new languages (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese etc.), take part in exciting cultural activites (e.g. capoeira, African drumming, caligraphy) and will also be have the chance to meet new people and discover the importance and joy of language learning in a university setting.

AS/A Level language afternoon

Date: 
Wednesday, 21 November, 2012 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Northumbria University

**IMPORTANT - THIS EVENT IS NOW ONLY ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR STUDENT STUDYING SPANISH***THE EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED FOR FRENCH***

Routes into Languages is offering a fantastic opportunity for students to attend an AS and A Level language afternoon this autumn. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

It will be held on campus, at Northumbria University, where a team of expert language teachers and student ambassadors will engage your 6th formers in 3 hours of intensive language activities including mini-lectures, an introduction to interpreting, and activity in the language labs.

The day will run from 1:30 - 4:30 - **This information is correct. Please ignore information above saying this is an All Day event, unfortunately the website says this automatically**

Please note that due to staffing issues this day is aimed only at students studying French or Spanish. Places are limited to 70 for French and 70 for Spanish so book early to avoid disappointment.

Please also note that the programme will be different from the first AS/A level afternoon on 24/10 so you can book for both!

 

For more information please email Ariane.

**IMPORTANT - THIS EVENT IS NOW ONLY ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR STUDENT STUDYING SPANISH***THE EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED FOR FRENCH***

Programme: 

**IMPORTANT - THIS EVENT IS NOW ONLY ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR STUDENT STUDYING SPANISH***THE EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED FOR FRENCH***

Mandarin Chinese Speaking Competition

Date: 
Tuesday, 6 December, 2011 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Newcastle University

Routes into Languages North East is delighted to once again anounce we are collaborating with the British Council to host the northern heats of the 2011/12 HSBC/British Council Mandarin Chinese Speaking Competition at Newcastle Unviersity.

 

Calling UK secondary schools teaching Mandarin - enter your students into the HSBC/British Council Mandarin Chinese Speaking Competition and they could be heading off to Beijing in April 2012! See www.britishcouncil.org/schoolpartnerships-chinese-speaking-competition.htm for full entry details and terms & conditions. Entry now open - deadline for entries 13 October 2011 

This competition gives you the chance to test your Mandarin Chinese speaking skills in front of an audience of schools from all over the UK and a panel of illustrious judges.

The competition is for UK secondary school students* who are non-native speaking learners of Mandarin Chinese who have learnt the language from scratch with no advantage.

Programme: 

Important Dates

The closing date for entries is 13 October 2011. The regional heats will be held in Newcastle on 6th December 2010 and in London on 16th December. The final will be held at the British Museum in London on 10 February 2012.

The prize of a week long cultural visit to Beijing (5-13 April 2012 inclusive) for the winning students is only a part of the attraction. Winners and their teachers are clearly proud of their achievements and the kudos that winning brings, and everyone benefits from the rehearsals and presenting or performing in front of others. If you make it through the regional heats there is a whole day at the British Museum in London for the final, with extra activities provided to see Chinese exhibits and learn more about Chinese culture.

French Kitchen Information Event

Date: 
Wednesday, 14 September, 2011 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
iLab:Learn Room B83. Newcastle University: King George VI Building. Queen Victoria Road Newcastle Upon Tyne

Using digital technology to teach French language and cuisine

Language teachers and other interested parties are invited to attend the French digital kitchen dissemination event which will showcase the results of a year of research in the form of a digital kitchen that is used for language learning. The event is particularly aimed at teachers of French in the North-East.

The French kitchen project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and started in June 2010. It involves Newcastle University staff Professor Paul Seedhouse and Saandia Ali (from Education) as well as Professor Patrick Olivier, Phil Heslop and Daniel Jackson (from Computing Science).

We have built a context aware/intelligent kitchen which is equipped with digital sensors or tracking devices that are able to detect what the users do. Embedded in the utensils or kitchen parts, the sensors use a technology that is similar to the Nintendo Wii. The digital kitchens speak to you (in the same way as Sat Nav) in French and give you step-by-step instructions on how to prepare French cuisine. Sensors (accelerometers) are attached to all kitchen equipment and ingredients so when an item is correctly or incorrectly moved, you can be given appropriate verbal feedback. You learn grammar and vocabulary items by doing the task and are tested on those items on a digital screen after the cooking is done. Then you also assess your cooking by eating it!

We are looking at the future possibility of installing portable versions of the kitchen in schools and colleges in the region.
 

Programme: 

The event will take place on Wednesday 14th September from 4.30pm onwards. You’re welcome to drop in at anytime from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm so as to learn a bit more about our research project and try out the kitchen yourself.

The world in their hands – Building international school links

Date: 
Friday, 15 July, 2011 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Conference
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Radisson Hotel, Durham

This FREE one day course, organised by the ATLAS group at Durham County Council, will take delegates through all aspects of school linking and offer advice for curriculum activities with partner schools.

The day will begin with consideration of the place of global links in the curriculum. Delegates will then follow a school’s
international journey from reflecting on the benefits of establishing links, developing projects and embedding
internationalism across the school for the benefit of the whole school community.

Delegates will be able to reflect on where in the world they would like to develop links and learn about available support;
including partner finding and both national and European Commission funding streams.

The conference will be led by presenters from across the North East region, the European Commission and by pupils from our schools.

The conference is well suited to schools at the early stages in international work. More experienced practitioners will also find the case studies to be inspirational and be able to examine pathways for future development. The event provides an excellent insight into international and global dimensions for school advisers, improvement partners and inspectors.

The programme will draw together best practice examples of the European Union’s Lifelong Learning programme and showcase Comenius and eTwinning projects.

The conference is supported and funded by the European Commission Representation in the UK.

Early application is strongly recommended.
 

Programme: 

0915 Registration

0930 Welcome and introduction to purpose of day

0940 “ The value of international education “ , Professor Anoush Ehteshami,
Dean of Internationalisation and Professor of International relations, Durham University

1010 What are the benefits for our school ? – Views of Headteachers, parents, pupils. Newcastle Local authority

1040 Why do we as a school want to pursue this agenda ? – group activity Pam Barmby – One World Network North East

Coffee

1120 Making those very first steps: the International School Award – Foundation Level explained

1130 Activities which require no partner schools: Spanish post SATS event – St Peter’s RC Primary, Gateshead

1140 A Fair trade school

1150 Working in partnership ( choice of three workshops )
1200 etwinning; what is it all about ? –
1200 Using ICT in partnerships – Steve Mulgrew
1200 Partnership activities – The Drive Primary and Finchale Primary

1230 Lunch

1310 Our Maori experience – Crook Primary School

1320 Working in a European context ( choice of three workshops )

  • Comenius partnerships – Teesdale and Durham Trinity School
  • Let’s explore Europe for 9 – 12 year olds – Judith Schilling
  • Comenius assistants and in service training

1345 The International School Award – Going for the full award

1355 Outcomes for our learners and staff – Chopwell Primary

1405 Outcomes for learners – Gibside School ( GSP project with Tanzania )

1420 European information and signposting – Europe Direct
 

Bratwurstpokal (Year 8 German & football)

Date: 
Monday, 11 July, 2011 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Longbenton Sports Ground

The Bratwurstpokal is back!

This time it's a mixed tournament and the more inventive you are with your German, the more points you win!

Join us at one of Newcastle University's sports grounds in Longbenton, Newcastle for a thrilling day of sport and language supported by Student Ambassadors and staff from universities.

Each school is invited to bring along a Year 8, 7-a-side football squad. There must always be at least 2 girls, and 2 boys on the pitch for your team at any time. You may be able to bring more than one team, depending on availability.

For more information contact Nick.

Programme: 

9.45am: Arrivals

10.00- 12.00: German language activities

These activities may include a combination of the following for which each team can score points:-

  • Design and dress your mascot
  • Write and practice a team anthem and motto
  • Revise German football vocab

12.00 - 12.45: Lunch

13.00- 14.15: 7-aside football tournament

14.15 - 14.30: Prize giving

14.30: Departures

Teesside Festival of International Culture

Date: 
Thursday, 24 March, 2011 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Teesside University

This year will see our succesful Festival of International Culture heading to Teesside.

The Festival will comprise of all sorts of different activities to raise awareness of the need for language learners in the UK. We will endeavour to focus on the fun, active and practical side to learning new languages and cultures.

The event will last half a day and take place between 9:15 and 12:30. It will be split between language taster sessions and practical introductions to new cultures and practices such as dance, martial arts and music.

The purpose of the morning is:

1) To introduce the idea of learning a new language to school pupils.

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

3) To give them an idea of what life in higher education is like

This year the festival will be scaled down somewhat. Unfortunately this means we are forced to reduce the number of school groups able to take part in the Festival so get your booking in quickly to avoid disappointment.

The Festival this year is open only to groups of year 8 or 9 pupils who will NOT have taken their GCSE options before the 24th March.
 

Programme: 

Watch this space, more information coming soon!

  • There is a £50 charge per group for attending this event.
  • The maximum group size is 15 pupils.
  • Once you have registered you will receive an automated response acknowleding your booking. Your registration is not confirmed until you receive an email from one of our administrators confirming your booking.

 

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