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Promoting the take-up of languages and student mobility

North West

Projector Mandarin: GCSE/ASSET study session of Yuan Zhang's Little Red Flowers

Date: 
Saturday, 16 May, 2009 - 11:30 to 14:30
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North West
Location: 
Cornerhouse, Manchester

Screening: Little Red Flowers (Kan shang qu hen mei) 12A

Director: Yuan Zhang, China / Italy, 2006, 92 mins. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

 

A full screening of Little Red Flowers (Kan shang qu hen mei), with

an introduction in English, post-screening activities and group

exercises in Chinese and English. Robert Hamilton - Senior

Lecturer in Film and Media Studies, MMU and Amy Wang -

Chinese Lecturer, MMU will focus the session around topics to

complement the GCSE Chinese specification including

relationships with family and friends, social issues and equality,

school and college.

 

Based on the 1999 semi-autobiographical novel Could be Beautiful

by Wang Shuo, Little Red Flowers is a poignant and touching

drama about a precocious child's struggle to conform in postrevolutionary

Beijing.

 

To attend this event please contact routes@mmu.ac.uk or call 0161 247 6290.

Urdu Primary language and methodology course for teachers of young learners

Date: 
Tuesday, 28 April, 2009 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North West
Location: 
Manchester Metropolitan University Didsbury campus

A training course to bring to life the teaching of Urdu through highly interactive methodology for the language and culture.

 

Whatever your level –beginner, advanced or native speaker – anyone with an interest in teaching beginners Urdu will benefit greatly from this course.   

 

Signing up to this free course will give you access to a wealth of Urdu teaching materials, including games, websites and lesson plans, everything you need to bring Urdu alive in your lessons.

 

 

Course dates and times:

  • April 28th        9.00 to 4.00      
  • April 29th         4.00 to 6.15      
  • May 6th          4.00 to 6.15      
  • May 13th        4.00 to 6.15      
  • May 20th        4.00 to 6.15      
  • June 10th       4.00 to 6.15      
  • June 17th       4.00 to 6.15      
  • June 24th       4.00 to 6.15      
  • July 1st           4.00 to 6.15      
  • July 8th          9.00 to 4.00  

 

To register, go to http://www.traffordlearning.org/cpd/CPDCourseForm.asp and fill out the online enrolment form or send an e-mail to routes@mmu.ac.uk.

Chinese GCSE Day

Date: 
Tuesday, 31 March, 2009 - 10:45 to 15:30
Event Type: 
Seminar/Lecture
Region: 
North West
Location: 
University of Central Lancashire

This event, our only GCSE event, will have a practical focus and aim to support GCSE students in their preparation for the GCSE examination. They will include:

  • A talk on languages in higher education and career opportunities with languages;
  • A language session on a current GCSE in the language studied and a taster in another lesser-taught language;
  • An examiner’s talk, in which an experienced GCSE examiner will talk about exam techniques and share tips for success.

GCSE students will also have the opportunity to talk to university languages students over lunch and find out more about life in further education. 

For further information please contact routes@mmu.ac.uk / tel. 0161-247-6290.

Language Enrichment Events for Y8 / Y9 Pupils: Bolton

Date: 
Thursday, 11 June, 2009 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North West
Location: 
University of Bolton

 **Event fully booked** 

Our Language Enrichment Events are interactive, exciting events that encourage school children to continue with their language studies at school and to think about the advantages of learning a new language or gaining a qualification in a language they may speak at home. These events proved to be extremely popular with school children and teachers last year.

Events will include a talk entitled “Why Study Languages,” two taster sessions in a new language (in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Urdu or Italian) and a multi-cultural market where pupils will learn more about different cultures. Student ambassadors from our partner institutions will talk to pupils about life at university and the advantages of studying a foreign language.

To download an application form and provisional timetable please click on the below links. For further information please contact routes@mmu.ac.uk / tel. 0161-247-6290.

Language Enrichment Event for Y8 / Y9 pupils: UCLAN

Date: 
Wednesday, 17 June, 2009 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North West
Location: 
University of Central Lancashire

Our Language Enrichment Events are interactive, exciting events that encourage school children to continue with their language studies at school and to think about the advantages of learning a new language or gaining a qualification in a language they may speak at home. These events proved to be extremely popular with school children and teachers last year.

Events will include a talk entitled “Why Study Languages,” two taster sessions in a new language (in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Urdu or Italian) and a multi-cultural market where pupils will learn more about different cultures. Student ambassadors from our partner institutions will talk to pupils about life at university and the advantages of studying a foreign language.

To download an application form and provisional timetable please click on the below links. For further information please contact routes@mmu.ac.uk / tel. 0161-247-6290.

Language Enrichment Event for Y8 / Y9 pupils: MMU

Date: 
Tuesday, 9 June, 2009 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North West
Location: 
Manchester Metropolitan University

Our Language Enrichment Events are interactive, exciting events that encourage school children to continue with their language studies at school and to think about the advantages of learning a new language or gaining a qualification in a language they may speak at home. These events proved to be extremely popular with school children and teachers last year.

Events will include a talk entitled “Why Study Languages,” two taster sessions in a new language (in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Urdu or Italian) and a multi-cultural market where pupils will learn more about different cultures. Student ambassadors from our partner institutions will talk to pupils about life at university and the advantages of studying a foreign language.

To download an application form and provisional timetable please click on the below links. For further information please contact routes@mmu.ac.uk / tel. 0161-247-6290.

Teacher Training Mandarin Chinese Spring Course - Strand 1 Basic Training

Date: 
Friday, 23 January, 2009 - 00:00 to Thursday, 1 April, 2010 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
North West
Location: 
Didsbury Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University

The Community and Lesser Taught Languages (COLT) project runs a Training Course for Mandarin Chinese Teachers, in Spring 2010.
These courses include:
• A training day (workshop 1) at the Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
• An optional visit to a mainstream school to observe MFL teaching in the mainstream sector
• A second training day (workshop 2) at the Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
• An observation visit by our Teacher Trainers to course participants in their own schools after the second training day
 

Our Mandarin tutors are Amy Wang (MMU) and Feixia Yu (UCLAN).

This is a free course, which will support teachers of these languages and provide additional practical training and guidance in teaching methodology and thus contribute to their Continuing Professional Development. Please note that this course does not constitute a PGCE; however, course participants will be awarded a certificate of attendance, if they complete all four elements of the course. Participants can then register for an MMU award or qualification and the certificate will provide exemption from part of certain courses. This is accreditation of prior learning (APL) and can take place for up to 5 years after the completion of the course. If you register for an award of the university, this course plus an assessment item can give you 20 points of accreditation. Further information about this will be given to course participants in Workshop 1.

If any teachers from your school wish to take part in this free training and are available on the dates of the two workshops outlined above, please complete the attached form and return it to us by Friday 15th January 2010 to secure your places. Please note that we can accept a maximum of four teachers per school. If you would like to book more than four places please contact us to enquire about additional places.

Once we receive your enrolment form, we will email you to confirm your places on the course. A full programme for the course will be sent, along with directions for the first training day, nearer the time.

Please do not hesitate to contact usif you have any questions about this course: routes@mmu.ac.uk

 

Programme: 

Mandarin Chinese

  • Workshop 1 Saturday 23rd January
  • School visits February
  • Workshop 2 Saturday 6th March

Observation visits To be completed by 1st April
 

Community Languages Teachers’ Symposium

Date: 
Thursday, 26 February, 2009 - 16:30 to 18:30
Event Type: 
Conference
Region: 
North West
Location: 
Manchester metropolitan University

We are currently organising a Teachers’ Symposium and would welcome any teachers who are interested in the community languages of Urdu, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese or Italian. This event will bring together mainstream and supplementary schools, to discuss matters affecting the teaching and learning of community languages.  

 

The symposium will take place in the Geoffrey Manton Building, in room 228. This building is located on MMU’s All Saints campus . Click for directions on how to get to the campus. 

 

If you would like to join us for an informal chat about how to raise profile of these languages, then please join us for discussions over coffee and cakes. In order for us to provide sufficient refreshments, please register your interest in this event by emailing us at: routes@mmu.ac.uk

Breaking Barriers

Date: 
Friday, 13 February, 2009 - 18:00 to 21:00
Event Type: 
Conference
Region: 
North West
Location: 
Parrs Wood High School

Please note this event if for females only 

The event will celebrate cultural diversity and will include a fashion show, food stalls, henna painting, belly dancing and clothes sales.

Tickets cost £3 and can be bought from:

COLT Office (room 2.12, Mabel Tylecote building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Cavendish Street).

Or from Parrs Wood High school, Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury.

For more information please contact routes@mmu.ac.uk

A-Level Arabic Day

Date: 
Friday, 30 January, 2009 - 09:45 to 14:30
Event Type: 
Seminar/Lecture
Region: 
North West
Location: 
Salford University

These events will have a practical focus and aim to support AS and A2 students in their preparation for the A-Level examination. They will include:

  • A talk on languages in higher education and career opportunities with languages;
  • A language session on a current A-Level topic in the language studied and a taster in another lesser-taught language;
  • An examiner’s talk, in which an experienced A-Level examiner will talk about exam techniques and share tips for success.

A-Level students will also have the opportunity to talk to university languages students over lunch and find out more about life at university. 

To download an application form and provisional timetable please click on the below links. For further information please contact routes@mmu.ac.uk / tel. 0161-247-6290.

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