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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

Festival of International Culture - Durham

Date: 
Monday, 16 March, 2015 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Elvet Riverside 2, Durham University

Our fantastic Festival of International Culture returns to 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. This year, however, in a new development, the cultural element of the Festival will form part of the regional Mother Tongue, Other Tongue poetry competition, with workshops exploring multiculturalism and giving your pupils the chance to create a poem in a language other than English.

The event 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: 

Programme

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

Linguacast Days

Date: 
Monday, 2 February, 2015 - 00:00 to Friday, 29 May, 2015 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Newcastle University

This year the Newcastle Strand of Routes into Languages are able to offer a limited number of Linguacast Day opportunities, inviting local schools in the North East of England on a free visit to Newcastle University campus. Pupils (accompanied by their teachers) will be given the chance to work with our staff and students from all over the world to improve their language skills and their confidence.

Activities will normally include:

  • Taster sessions in new languages (Chinese, Portuguese, Turkish, or Dutch etc.) Teachers can request which languages they would like offered.
  • Campus tours in the visiting pupils’ target language (French, German, Spanish etc.) tailored to recent topics covered in school.
  • Q & A session with undergraduate students about university life and study.
  • Info sessions on the doors of opportunity that are opened by studying languages to an advanced level.
  • An introduction to the importance of professional Interpreting at the United Nations (and elsewhere on the world stage) plus interactive demonstration of simultaneous interpreting in our state-of-art digital interpreting suites.
  • Full use of our new digital language labs.
  • Engagement with ICT for video production, storyboard writing and recording in the target language.

Exact content can be tailored on request and in accordance with a teacher’s needs (for example, ensuring that topics and vocabulary recently covered at school are included within the various sessions).

Programme: 

The date of your Linguacast Day will be decided according to your schedule and convenience. Please mention any possible dates in initial correspondence with the team.

Foreign Language Spelling Bee 2015 North East Regional Final

Date: 
Wednesday, 29 April, 2015 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Newcastle University

The North East regional final of the Foreign Language Spellng Bee will take place on Wednesday 29th April 1-5pm at Newcastle University. We look forward to welcoming contestants, teachers and supporters from competing schools across the region!

Programme: 

13:00-13:30         Registration in Herschel Building Foyer  

13:30-13:45         Welcome & Introduction             

13:45-13:50         Changeover                                     

13:55-14:50         Round 1 (French & Spanish)                                                       

14:45-15:20         Refreshments available

14:50-15:30         Round 1 (German) + Language Activities with Student Ambassadors

15:35-15:45         Announcement of Round 1 winners                                       

15:45 – 16:30      Round 2 (French, German & Spanish)    

16:30-16:45         Final Results and Prize Giving     

16:45-17:00         Event Close & Departures

Meet the Translators & Interpreters: A Careers Event for Sixth Form, UG and PG Students

Date: 
Wednesday, 6 May, 2015 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Conference
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Have you (or your pupils!) ever wondered about a career in translation? Are you curious about what being an interpreter might entail?

Routes into Languages North East are delighted to invite sixth-form, undergraduate and postgraduate students from across the region and beyond to Meet the Translators and Interpreters, a half-day programme comprising a keynote presentation from Director of the National Network for Interpreting Helen Campbell, followed by workshops and Q&A sessions with translators and interpreters from a diverse range of fields.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about the exciting opportunities within the fields of translation and interpreting – from studying to working – with the chance to speak to translators, interpreters, teaching staff and students currently studying Translation and Interpreting at university level.

Represented at the event will be:

* National Network for Interpreting *Newcastle University * Durham University * Northumbria University * The University of Sunderland * Ebiquity * Everyday Language Solutions * European Commission * GCHQ * and more!

Routes into Languages North East would like to thank the European Commission for their kind sponsorship of this event.

Programme: 

13:30-13:55 Registration & Exhibition

14:00-14:05 Welcome & Introduction

14:05-14:35 Keynote Presentation with Helen Campbell (NNI)

14:40-15:10 Q&A Session 1 (Interpreting/Translating/Studying)

15:10-15:25 Refreshment Break & Exhibition

15:30-16:00 Q&A Session 2 (Interpreting/Translating/Studying)

16:05-16:35 Q&A Session 3 (Interpreting/Translating/Studying)

16:40-16:45 Event Evaluation & Thanks

16:45-17:00 Exhibition & Departures

European Day of Languages 2014 North East Competition Results

Region: 
North East

ALLNE / Network for Languages NE/ Routes into Languages NE

European Day of Languages Competition 2014

 

The judges reviewed entries on Monday 13th.  October 2014.

Although there seemed to be less envelopes over all than last year Judges were pleased by the content of  many of the entries and especially by the evidence of independent and creative writing, using familiar (and less familiar) language.

It was clear that the students had been engaged by the concept and had committed time, energy and the language they knew to producing dialogues. Furthermore, the best entries had applied imagination to the staging of the photographs and the nature of the conversational exchanges.

Thanks to gratefully received sponsorship from Crossroads Languages, Europe Direct and ALLNE, the following prizes were awarded:

Key Stage

Name

Language

School

One for All Voucher

KS2 Prize

Billy

German

Archibald First School

£20

KS3 Prizes

Sandeep

German

Conyers School

£50

 

Joseph

French

Yarm School

£20

 

Amy

French

Teesdale School

£20

KS3 Commended

Anissa

German

Egglescliffe School

£10

 

Elizabeth

French

Egglescliffe School

£10

 

Imogen

French

Egglescliffe School

£10

 

Lauren

French

Conyers School

£10

 

Katie

French

Manor College of Technology

£10

KS4 Prizes

Max

French

Royal Grammar School

£50

 

Priya

French

Teesdale School

£20

KS5 Prize

Sally

French

Teesdale School

£20

Thanks to all of the schools who took part this year - we hope you enjoyed the experience and will be back for more with the European Day of Languages in 2015!

"Why Study Languages?" Presentations for Parents

Date: 
Monday, 27 October, 2014 - 09:00 to Friday, 24 April, 2015 - 20:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Your school

 

Here at Routes into Languages North East we recognise that it isn't just pupils who may need convincing about the many benefits of continued language study! We're on hand to support your school by delivering bespoke 'Why Study Languages?' presentations to parents, governors and school staff at Parents' Evenings, GCSE Options and Sixth Form Options Evenings throughout the school year.

What are the options?

- Parents’ Evening presentation for pupils and parents

- GCSE Option Evening presentation for pupils and parents

- Presentation to School SMT & Governors

We like to keep our presentations interactive, so for smaller groups we adopt a workshop-style with small group work and structured Q&A sessions. We are happy to fit into your department's strategy for motivating pupils and will do our best to fit your agenda.

 

Have we seen this presentation before?

We try to revamp our presentations every year, but yes, you may have heard some similar arguments before. However, our students are always enthused and convey their passion for languages with every word... and their personal experiences and reasons for learning languages are always very varied.

 

Does this cost a lot?

Due to our reduced funding we are now charging the small fee of £50 for a school visit. This covers the cost of two student ambassadors coming to your school for up to half a day. Should you require more than this then we will happily negotiate a price with you. We are sure you'll agree that this is excellent value for money.

Programme: 

These visits are bespoke but could include:-

- Why Study Languages

- Employability and Careers with Languages tips

- University jargon buster

- University language routes

- Year Abroad testimonials

Booking information: 

Please complete the registration form, including the name of your school, details of the proposed target audience, potential dates for the visit and any other relevant information where possible. A member of the Routes into Languages Senior Ambassador Team will be in touch as soon as possible to organise your visit.

"Why Study Languages?" - bespoke school visits (North East)

Date: 
Monday, 27 October, 2014 - 00:00 to Friday, 24 April, 2015 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
You school

We can tailor our visits to suit your school - no problem at all!

 

 

What are the options?

- Year Group assemblies

- Workshops for G&T pupils

- Classroom presentations

We like to keep our presentations interactive, so for smaller groups we adopt a workshop-style with small group work and structured Q&A sessions.

 

 

Which year group?

We think it helps most to work with pre-option groups (i.e. Year 8 in June, Year 9 before GCSE options, Year 11 before A1 choices, VI form before A2 choices and UCAS application). However, we are happy to fit into your department's strategy for motivating pupils and will do our best to fit your agenda.

We are particularly predisposed to attending schools who invite partner or feeder schools to the presentation.

 

 

Have we seen this presentation before?

We try to revamp our presentations every year, but yes, you may have heard some similar arguments before. However, our students are always enthused and convey their passion for languages with every word... and their personal experiences and reasons for learning languages are always very varied.

 

 

Does this cost a lot?

Due to our reduced funding we are now charging the small fee of £50 for a school visit. This covers the cost of two student ambassadors coming to your school for up to half a day. Should you require more than this then we will happily negotiate a price with you. We are sure you'll agree that this is excellent value for money.

Programme: 

These visits are bespoke, but can include:-

- Why Study Languages

- Famous linguists

- Employability tips

- University jargon buster

- University language routes

- Year Abroad testimonials

- Quizzes, music, and short taster sessions...

A Level Spanish Film Study Day

Date: 
Tuesday, 9 December, 2014 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

Including screenings of some of the best world cinema releases and activities and discussions closely tied to the curriculum, in collaboration with the fantastic Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle our study days for students of Modern Foreign Languages are a brilliant way to bring language learning to life.  

 

 

Each event includes a full screening of a feature film, cinema based presentations and small group work supported by Routes into Languages student ambassadors. Teachers will also receive a comprehensive resource pack, full of activities to be used in the classroom.

 

 

 

The A Level Spanish event is centred around The Motorcycle Diaries and is a full-day event taking place from 10.00-15.00. Please visit https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/learn/14-19/mfl-study-days for full details. To register, please contact Anna Casey at anna.casey@tynesidecinema.co.uk.

 

 

You can also access a wide range of free resources from past MFL study days here.  

A Level German Film Study Day

Date: 
Thursday, 13 November, 2014 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North East
Location: 
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

Including screenings of some of the best world cinema releases and activities and discussions closely tied to the curriculum, in collaboration with the fantastic Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle our study days for students of Modern Foreign Languages are a brilliant way to bring language learning to life.  

 

 

Each event includes a full screening of a feature film, cinema based presentations and small group work supported by Routes into Languages student ambassadors. Teachers will also receive a comprehensive resource pack, full of activities to be used in the classroom.

 

 

 

The A Level German event is centred around Goodbye Lenin and is a full-day event taking place from 10.00-15.00. Please visit https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/learn/14-19/mfl-study-days for full details. To register, please contact Anna Casey at anna.casey@tynesidecinema.co.uk.

 

 

You can also access a wide range of free resources from past MFL study days here.  

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