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Promoting the take-up of languages and student mobility

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

Spelling Bee Competition

Date: 
Sunday, 26 September, 2010 - 00:00 to Monday, 25 July, 2011 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Your school (local heats), Northumbria uni (regional), Cambridge (NATIONAL FINAL)

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THOSE WHO TOOK PART IN THE NORTH EAST REGIONAL FINAL IN APRIL. PARTICULAR CONTGRATULATIONS GO TO THE WINNERS WHO WILL PROGRESS TO THE NATIONAL FINAL. SEE YOU THERE!

We officially launched the national Spelling Bee competition on the European Day of Languages. All regions are taking part; visit their pages by clicking on the Regional Consortia tab to find out about their regional heats.

Do you have a Year 7 who's an ace speller?

Click here to see how one teacher has gone about training her pupils to be perfect spellers.

Find your best Spelling Bees to compete in a national FOREIGN LANGUAGE competition. This involves 3 rounds before they reach the National Finals.

  • First round = class round, ending end of term 1
  • Second = a whole year round ending half term of term 2
  • Third =  Regional Finals taking place at Northumbria University on the afternoon of 1st April 2011.

The NATIONAL FINAL will be held on Wednesday 6th July in Cambridge.

The vocabulary lists and teachers pack are now available online and  together with all other information you need to run the competition. 

The final round vocabulary will be Olympics themed.
 

Each participant will receive a certificate and there will be prizes for the regional qualifiers as well as regional and national trophies to take back to school.

Get spelling now!

Sommerfest

Date: 
Monday, 20 September, 2010 - 00:00
Event Type: 
NE Custom
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Newcastle University

Thisprogramme complements the annual SOMMERFEST & GERMAN TEACHER AWARD hosted by the German Embassy. This year you are invited to Newcastle University to network with other Germanophones and Germanophiles.

The German Embassy issues invites to the actual award ceremony and we would like to extend this to anyone interested in promoting German to join us either directly before or directly after the award ceremony for a 90minute session on:

 "RESOURCING AND DEFENDING GERMAN IN SCHOOLS"

The sessions will be facilitated by educationalists passionate about German, drawing on materials from the Goethe Institut, UK-German connection and Routes into Languages. Facilitated by Rene Koglbauer (formerly of ALL), Ian Emerson (Gosforth High Language College), Ellen Taraba (former DAAD Lektorin) and Nick Johnston (Routes into Languages North East).

Morning session

We apologise that there is now no longer a morning session . The contents of the seminar will be covered in the afternoon. Please see details below.

 

Afternoon session

3.30-5pm, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University

Resourcing German: guide to resources (from cheap to free) and ideas on how to use them effectively in the classroom. Information on Stipendien available for language upskilling (for teachers and anyone involved in promoting German), school exchanges, and online collaborations.

Defending German: Top 10 conclusive and convincing arguments for the defence of German with examples of good practice from local schools and authorities

Good practice: Example of how to support development of German in primary schools.

Evening session

17.00 onwards, Hatton Gallery on Newcastle University campus.

For arrival information for Hatton Gallery click here.

This evening session is particularly aimed at promoters and users of German in the North East from across business, education and science and arts. This is a fantastic high calibre networking opportunity hosted by  the German Embassy and German Honorary Consul to the North East and Cumbria.

Newcastle City Council are proud to sponsor this event along with Routes into Languages North East and Links into Languages North East.

 

Programme: 

Book by clicking on the 'register here' text below. Please indicate whether you are attending the morning, afternoon, or evening sessions or a combination of the three. Queries on this can be made to Ruth O'Rourke 0191 222 3525.

NB: The German Embassy handle invitations to the Sommerfest itself. Queries about the Sommerfest should be addressed directly to:

Culture and Education
German Embassy
23 Belgrave Square/ Chesham Place
London SW1X 8PZ
United Kingdom
Tel.: 0044 (0)20 78241 381
 

AS > A2 Masterclass with Arabic Taster (full-day) Register before 29 June EVENT CLOSED

Date: 
Tuesday, 13 July, 2010 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Masterclass
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Durham University

Looking ahead to language study at A2 level and beyond.

Programme: 

Start: 9.30am

Finish: 3pm

In the morning: a short talk on studying languages at university, sessions in 3 A Level languages (French, German or Spanish) with teachers and students from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

In the afternoon: taster sessions in Arabic and an introduction to aspects of the culture of the Arabic-speaking world at the University's Oriental Museum.
 

Languages are Brill - Year 8 (24th June), 1-3pm

Date: 
Thursday, 24 June, 2010 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Conference
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Durham University
Programme: 

This follows a similar format to the Year 9 Roadshows with 4 x 30 minute sessions presented in 'carousel':_

- Q&A session with students from Durham University on studying languages and living abroad

- Interactive online quiz

- Taster session 1 in a Less Widely Taught Language (e.g. Italian, Chinese, Russian)

- A SECOND taster session in a LWTL.
 

This event is free! However, any short notice cancellation for which we cannot find a replacement school, will incur a fee of £25.00.
 

Spanish Film Day (GCSE & A-level)

Date: 
Wednesday, 30 June, 2010 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Sunderland University

! The film we intend to use is a 15 certificate; please have permission for your pupils!

Work with students and university staff to improve your pupils' Spanish and to broaden their knowledge on film and Spanish speaking culture.

The related activities will be differentiated according to the examination year of the group.

Programme: 

9.15 am - Arrivals

9.30 am - Film showing (in Sunderland university's own Film Theatre)

12.00 - Film review and large workshop

12.30 - Lunch

13.15 - Groupwork with students

14.30 - Feedback

14.50 - Evaluations/departures

(Programme subject to slight changes)

Beat the Rat Race: How languages will get you ahead in work (for ages 17+)

Date: 
Thursday, 10 June, 2010 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Conference
Region: 
North East
Location: 
King's Road Centre , Newcastle University Campus

Ever wondered where languages might take you?

Join us for an afternoon at Newcastle University to meet with employers and professionals and find out how languages got them where they are today.

Panellists include:

  • Jo Chexal, Honorary German Consul to the North East
  • Adrian Broomfield, Dickinson Dees LLP
  • Steve Williams, Head of Information Services at Newcastle University
  • Teresa Threadgall, Head of Learning, Theatre Royal
  • Brian Stobie, International Officer, Durham County Council
  • Emilie Whelan, Beattie PR Group
  • National Networks for Interpreting and Translating

And many more!

You can also attend WORKSHOPS on:

- Interview Do's and Don't's (Adrian Naylor, Procter & Gamble)

- Securing a Work Placement Abroad (Margaret Evans, Northumbria University Careers Service)

- Making the most of languages for your CV (Ruth O'Rourke, Routes into Languages)

And a special session for Student Ambassadors on 'Making the most of Routes into Languages for your CV'

Programme: 
  • 12noon Arrivals/buffet lunch
  • 12.45 Opening Address
  • 13.00 Professionals Panel
  • 13.15 Employability Breakout (A chance to interview the Panel in an informal setting)
  • 14.00 Break

Then select 2 out of 3 workshops for the afternoon.  

Workshop 1 (14.15 - 15.00)

  • Interview Dos and Don’ts (Adrian Naylor, Procter & Gamble)
  • Securing a Work Placement Abroad (Margaret Evans, Northumbria University Careers Service)
  • Make the most of languages for your CV -For undergrads and VI formers (Ruth O’Rourke)

Workshop 2 (15.00 - 15.45)

  • Interview Dos and Don’ts (Adrian Naylor, Procter & Gamble)
  • Securing a Work Placement Abroad (Margaret Evans, Northumbria University Careers Service)
  •  Make the most of ROUTES into Languages - For student ambassadors of any programme and finalists (Ruth O’Rourke)

If you want to attend only 1 of the 3 workshops you can also continue networking in the main room. Euro London appointments will be on hand to answer your questions about alternative careers with languages.

15.45 Plenary/departures
 

Languages are Brill - Year 8 (21st June)

Date: 
Monday, 21 June, 2010 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Northumbria University - City Campus

For Year 8 pupils to inspire them to continue with languages beyond Year 9!

You and your pupils will visit Northumbria Campus for a morning to take part in a suite of activities.

The event runs 10.00-12.00.

Due to the popularity of this event schools are asked to limit places to 30 pupils; early booking is essential!

 

Programme: 

This follows a similar format to the Year 9 Roadshows with 4 x 30 minute sessions presented in 'carousel':_

- Q&A session with students from Northumbria University on studying languages and living abroad

- INteractive online quiz

- Taster session 1 in a Less Widely Taught Language (e.g. Italian, Chinese, Polish)

- A SECOND taster session in a LWTL.

This event is free! However, any short notice cancellation for which we cannot find a replacement school, will incur a fee of £25.00.
 

Languages are Brill - Year 8 (18th June)

Date: 
Friday, 18 June, 2010 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Conference
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Northumbria University - City Campus

For Year 8 pupils to inspire them to continue with languages beyond Year 9!

You and your pupils will visit Northumbria Campus for a morning to take part in a suite of activities.

The event runs 10.00-12.00.

Due to the popularity of this event schools are asked to limit places to 30 pupils; early booking is essential!

 

Programme: 

This follows a similar format to the Year 9 Roadshows with 4 x 30 minute sessions presented in 'carousel':_

- Q&A session with students from Northumbria University on studying languages and living abroad

- INteractive online quiz

- Taster session 1 in a Less Widely Taught Language (e.g. Italian, Chinese, Polish)

- A SECOND taster session in a LWTL.
 

Languages are Brill - Year 8 (17th June)

Date: 
Thursday, 17 June, 2010 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Conference
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Northumbria University - City Campus

For Year 8 pupils to inspire them to continue with languages beyond Year 9!

 You and your pupils will visit Northumbria Campus for a morning to take part in a suite of activities.

The event runs 10.00-12.00.

Due to the popularity of this event schools are asked to limit places to 30 pupils; early booking is essential!

Programme: 

This follows a similar format to the Year 9 Roadshows with 4 x 30 minute sessions presented in 'carousel':_

- Q&A session with students from Northumbria University on studying languages and living abroad

- INteractive online quiz

- Taster session 1 in a Less Widely Taught Language (e.g. Italian, Chinese, Polish)

- A SECOND taster session in a LWTL.
 

SPLAS Roadshow

Date: 
Friday, 30 April, 2010 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School, LAnchester

The SPLAS Roadshow complements the Spanish Film Day which, through taking various Spanish films as its theme, promotes Spain, its celebrities, culture, history and language. This 'roadshow' balances the focus on Spain by offering a heightened intercultural understanding of lusophone and Latin American countries, languages, and cultures.
This Roadshow is part of the wider Routes into Languages North East programme which aims to increase the take-up of language study from school to university. During the academic year 2009/10 Routes NE takes Spanish and its associated cultures and languages as a project focus.

Programme: 

The event will be a carousel event of activities, with four main stations:

 

1. Dance Latin America! - Spanish-directed dance class, introducing the history and culture behind some of the dances.

2. The Colours of Slavery - a look at 19th Century slavery in Brazil, and resulting Brazilian ideas of race.

3. What the Festival Owner’s Daughter Didn’t - taster course in the Quechuan language as well as exploration of traditional Andean clothing and music.

4. What’s It Really Like? - Question session with Student Ambassadors to find out the truth about studying languages and student life.

 
Any school cancelling within 2 weeks of the planned event date may be asked to pay a £25 cancellation fee per school. We hope to refund this if a replacement school can be found.
 

 

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