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Sixth Form Languages Day

Date: 
Tuesday, 29 October, 2019 - 09:00 to 15:15
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North West
Location: 
Manchester Metropolitan University

This event offers sessions for Year 12 and Year 13 studying French and/or Spanish. Sessions are taught by expert MMU staff and current students will be on hand to offer support and insight into studying a Languages degree. Please find programme below. It is essential that schools complete a session request form upon booking to ensure we can prepare rooms. Please don't send session request forms until you have purchased places.

Students can attend a mixture of French/Spanish sessions however please let us know in advance via the session request form.

German GCSE Study Morning: Ballon

Date: 
Thursday, 6 February, 2020 - 10:00 to 13:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North West
Location: 
HOME, Manchester

Before the screening of Ballon there will be an introduction to the film which will include some political, historical and geographical contextual information. After the film we will talk about some of the key themes of the film (as much of the session as possible will be in German).

Led by Maggie Hoffgen, Freelance Film Lecturer.

Programme: 

One of the most spectacular attempts to cross over from the former Communist East Germany is recalled in Michael Herbig’s immersive drama. During the most tense times of the Cold War, two families hatched an audacious plan; to sneak over to the west in the dead of night in a home-made hot air balloon. They spent months fashioning their patchwork escape balloon in secret, before embarking on their escape attempt at enormous personal and political risk.

https://homemcr.org/event/german-gcse-study-morning-ballon/

Spanish GCSE Study Morning: Rara

Date: 
Tuesday, 4 February, 2020 - 10:00 to 13:00
Region: 
North West
Location: 
HOME, Manchester

This study morning will look at themes including pre-adolescence, friendship, family life, marital separation, sexual diversity and freedom, justice, prejudice and references to the historical background in contemporary Chile.

Carmen Herrero will introduce the film in English providing contextual information and key Spanish vocab. The screening will be followed by language exercises based around the film plus a discussion relating to; the characters of the film; the narrative; intercultural differences; film genre conventions and style.

Led by Carmen Herrero, Head of Spanish at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Programme: 

A coming-of-age story within a non-traditional family, where two sisters live happily with their mother and her female partner. Despite her loving and stable home life, as Sara approaches 13 she is suffering from typical teenage angst – her first crush, the instabilities of playground politics, and a growing desire for independence. Add to this an insidious homophobia from school staff and some other parents, and their domestic harmony starts to come under threat. With its great cinematography, acting and script, there’s a wonderfully natural feel to the film, especially in the love-hate relationship between the young sisters.

You can find out how to book here.

French A Level Study Day (Year 12): Une Saison en France

Date: 
Wednesday, 22 January, 2020 - 10:30 to 15:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North West
Location: 
HOME, Manchester

This study day examines the themes of the film (family, migration, social exclusion and solidarity) and how film can raise these important issues within society.

Isabelle Vanderschelden will introduce the film in French. Students will be provided with information about the director, the actors, the social and political context of the film.  The genre conventions used in the film will also be highlighted. A few short exercises will provide key vocabulary. All students receive a workbook which they can keep.

In the afternoon there will be a series of language exercises in French, focusing on the films main characters, plot development and themes. Film genres (such as psychological and social realism) and visual style will also be referenced.

One objective of the day is to enhance the students’ intercultural awareness.

Led by Isabelle Vanderschelden, Head of French and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Programme: 

Cannes Jury Prize winner Mahamat-Saleh Haroun takes a dark yet compassionate look at illegal immigrants struggling in the lower depths of Paris. Far from a picture-postcard journey, the film is something closer to a season in hell – especially for a grieving father whose fate depends on the mercy of the authorities. Yet as tough as it is, Une Saison en France is also warm and subtly heart-breaking, offering a moving vision of life for those stuck in legal and emotional limbo.

You can find out how to book here

Spanish A Level Study Day (Year 12): El Futuro Perfecto

Date: 
Tuesday, 21 January, 2020 - 10:30 to 15:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North West
Location: 
HOME, Manchester

This study morning will include a screening of the film El Futuro Perfecto. The film will be introduced in Spanish, key vocabulary and contextual information will be provided. The screening will be followed after lunch by a series of Spanish exercises based on the film, including character studies, film genre analysis and discussion of the main themes (family, relationships, migration, language learning and multilingualism).

Led by Carmen Herrero, Head of Spanish at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Programme: 

A young Chinese woman (Xiaobin) arrives in Buenos Aires and reunites with her family. Wanting to gain some independence, she begins to learn Spanish, secretly working in a shop to earn money to pay for lessons. As her Spanish improves, she starts a relationship with one of the customers, Vijay. When she learns how the “perfect future tense” works in Spanish, she starts to wonder what her future might be like and what would happen if she were to tell her parents about Vijay.

You can book places here

Urdu GCSE and A Level Study Day: Load Wedding

Date: 
Wednesday, 27 November, 2019 - 10:30 to 15:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North West
Location: 
HOME, Manchester

This Urdu study day will be built around a screening of Load Wedding. Students will watch a full screening of the film and this will be followed by a series of Urdu GCSE and AS/A2 level language exercises based on the film’s main character and themes. The study session activities will be only in Urdu with Urdu script.

Led by Masood Hashmi, Urdu teacher at Parrs Wood High School.

Programme: 

Load Wedding is a comedy around the pressures on individuals to marry. Raja is Baby Baji’s younger brother and when he is set to marry before her, it jeopardises her dowry and chance of marriage. He has 24 hours to change Baby Baji’s future.

 

French A Level Study Day (Year 13): L’atelier

Date: 
Wednesday, 20 November, 2019 - 10:30 to 15:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North West
Location: 
HOME, Manchester

This study day examines the themes of the film (representations of young people; racism; cultural background; past and present) and how these important issues shape French society.
Isabelle Vanderschelden will introduce the film in French. Students will be provided with information about the director, the actors, the social and political context of the film.  The genre conventions used in the film will also be highlighted. A few short exercises will provide key vocabulary. All students receive a workbook which they can keep.
In the afternoon, there will be a series of language exercises in French, focusing on characters, plot development and themes. The use of language in the dialogue and the role of the visual style will also be discussed.

Led by Isabelle Vanderschelden, Head of French and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Programme: 

A group of French young people are brought together for a series of creative writing workshops led by a famous novelist Olivia Dejazet (Marina Foïs). They are tasked with writing a thriller set in their hometown of La Ciotat which has a rich industrial heritage but is now sadly in decline. It soon becomes apparent that one of the group, Antoine (Matthieu Lucci) is very disruptive and antagonistic towards the others. In addition, Antoine’s writing is extremely disturbing and convincing. The leads the group leader to become increasingly fascinated by him and to wonder if he really does have murder fantasies.

You can find details of how to book here

International Conference: “New Approaches to Transmedia and Language Pedagogy

Date: 
Thursday, 27 June, 2019 - 09:30 to Friday, 28 June, 2019 - 19:30
Event Type: 
Conference
Region: 
North West
Location: 
Manchester

We have a selection of papers on learning platforms, film, audiovisual translation, storytelling, digital literacy, social media, apps, augmented reality, participatory arts, and memory. The keynotes will engage with e-literature and war within the context of digital literacies and storytelling. There will be a networking session and two workshops on the use of video games and short films in the language classroom. Our dinner will be held at El Rincón de Rafa, a typical Spanish tapas restaurant in the heart of the city of Manchester, and we will also hold a closing event and drinks reception at the Instituto Cervantes Manchester. Come and join us!

Programme: 

You can view more information and details on how to register here.

Dealing with new GCSE and A-Level Urdu Specification

Date: 
Thursday, 18 July, 2019 - 09:00 to 15:00
Event Type: 
Conference
Region: 
North West
Location: 
Abraham Moss Community School Hall

A unique opportunity for Urdu Language teachers to know about the New GCSE and A Level Urdu specification with the help of specimen papers and information available on exam board websites and the documents available in public domain

Aims and Objectives

•Understanding of key skills needed for GCSE and A level

•Deliver speaking test for GCSE

•Understanding the skills required for writing

•Taking help from headings, statements and key words for reading test

•Understanding questions and emotions to tackle listening

•Entering students for Higher or Foundation and why?

•Understanding text, films and research based questions for A level

•Understanding A level themes

•Developing skills for A level translation

You can book your free place here:

http://www.abrahammoss.manchester.sch.uk/index.phtml?d=631679

or email m.safraz@abrahammoss.manchester.sch.uk

 

Programme: 

Time

Session

Speakers

09:00-

09:30:

 

Welcome registration, Introduction, tea and coffee

Head teacher/Assistant head teacher/Abraham Moss Community School

09:30-

10:00:

 

Speed dating

H.Issa

Abraham Moss Community School

10:00-

10:30:

 

Use of data in planning lessons and differentiation.

Raza Hussain

Beckfoot Upper Heaton School Bradford.

10:30-

11:00:

Reading strategies and writing aspects of Urdu language.

 

Abdul Musaib

Oasis Academy Lister Park Bradford

11:00-

11:15:

 

Break

11:15-

12:00:

 

Urdu drama in language teaching.

Basir Sultan Kazmi, MBE

Urdu writer & Poet

12:45-

13:15:

Maximizing your pupils listening

M.Sarfraz

Abraham Moss Community School

 

13:15-

14:00:

 

Lunch and prayer time

14:00-

14:30:

 

Understanding of A level themes and (SAM)sample assessment material.

Masood Hashmi

Parrs Wood High School

14:30-

14:45:

Importance of Urdu language in 21st century.

Consul General of Pakistan: Mr Muhammad Aamar Aftab Qureshi

Community Welfare Attaché:

Mrs. Fizzah Niazi

14:45-

15:00:

Presentation of certificates, goody bags

An exploration of the representation of immigrant women in a sample from the Spanish press

Date: 
Monday, 13 May, 2019 - 16:00 to 17:00
Event Type: 
Talk
Region: 
North West
Location: 
Manchester Metropolitan University, Geoffrey Manton Building

María Martínez Lirola

University of Alicante and Research Fellow, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, University of South Africa (UNISA)

The number of women who have immigrated to Spain in order to find a better life has increased in the last years. However, very few pieces of news pay attention to the reasons why they emigrate. A corpus of 30 pieces of news related to immigrant women was collected from February 2012 to December 2014 from the digital version of the main Spanish newspapers: El País, El Mundo and ABC. The main hypotheses in this research are the following:  immigrant women are not very visible in the Spanish press; they are represented mainly as vulnerable and victims and they are normally connected to social problems. In order to confirm or to deny the said hypothesis, this paper used critical discourse analysis, including visual grammar, to analyse the main topics of the pieces of news dealing with immigrant women and the main linguistic and visual characteristics used to describe them.

María Martínez Lirola is a Senior Lecturer of the Department of English at the University of Alicante, Spain and Research Fellow at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Her main areas of research are Critical Discourse Analysis, Systemic Functional Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. She has published more than 80 papers and seven books, such as Main Processes of Thematization and Postponement in English (Peter Lang, 2009). She has been a visiting scholar in different universities,  and has presented papers in international congresses all over the world.

Programme: 

Date: May 13th 2019

Time: 16:00-17:00

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, Geoffrey Manton Building, Lecture Theatre 4

For further information, please contact Carmen Herrero (c.herrero@mmu.ac.uk)

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