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French Masterclass (Year 9/10)

Date: 
Saturday, 14 November, 2015 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Masterclass
Region: 
South West
Location: 
Plymouth Business School

An opportunity to spend the morning reinforcing your knowledge of French and to practise the spoken language in an informal and relaxing environment as well as to interact with pupils from other schools in the area.

 

Classes are taught by qualified native speakers who are associate Lecturers at Plymouth University.

 

The day will run from 9.45 am to 1 pm.

 

This is a joint event with WP department at Plymouth University.

Programme: 

Main objectives:

- To enthuse Year 9/10 MFL students about studying languages leading to increased interest in selecting a language at GCSE level.

- To inform pupils of the many benefits of having a second language for their future education and career options.

- To strengthen relationships between the university and languages departments in local schools.

Christmas Lecture (German)

Date: 
Monday, 7 December, 2015 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Seminar/Lecture
Region: 
South West
Location: 
University of Bristol
The German department at Bristol University is inviting teachers of German and students studying German to attend a Christmas Lecture on Monday 7 December at 6pm
Professor Nicola McLelland, University of Nottingham  with special 'Meet the Lecturer' event for school teachers and pupils beginning at 4.30 pm.
 
​Very advanced notice for the Germanists: our annual Christmas lecture will this year be given by Professor Nicola McLelland, who will be speaking  on 'Language Learning, the English and the Germans, 1500-2000' -  a topic which will appeal to those engaged in language learning and teaching in 2015!
 
Professor McLelland's book on this subject was published earlier  this year (for more information see ​http://www.harrassowitz-verlag.de/title_832.ahtml) and we are delighted to be able to welcome her to Bristol to tell us more. The lecture will be preceded by a special 'Meet the Lecturer' event with tea / coffee and cake for school teachers and pupils, and followed by our traditional Lebkuchen and Gluehwein reception.
 
All very welcome, further details will be confirmed nearer the time. 

 

Commemorating 25 years since German reunification

Date: 
Friday, 2 October, 2015 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
South West
Location: 
University of Bristol
You're invited to commemorate 25 years since German reunification with an exhibition of posters  'Der Weg zur Deutschen Einheit' provided by the Stiftung Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur (the poster texts will be in English), and a screening of the recent film adaptation of Clemens Meyer's 2006 novel Als wir traeumten (for more information: http://www.alswirtraeumten.de/).
 
Meyer's novel was a sensation on its release (referred to as 'the German Trainspotting') and the film has had excellent reviews in Germany. The film has a 12 rating and will not have English subtitles; however, a short introduction setting it in context will be provided for students.
 
Sixth formers studying German and teachers of German are warmly invited to attend this event. The screening will be followed by refreshments. 
 

 

Programme: 

The event will be held on Friday 2 October 2015 at 6pm at the University of Bristol (17 Woodland Road, LT3).

 

MFL Speaking Competition - closing date for registrations

Date: 
Friday, 5 February, 2016 - 16:00
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
South West
Location: 
Three sub-regional finals in Bath, Barnstaple and Swindon

We are inviting secondary students across the South West to take part in our extremely popular MFL Speaking Competition! Three sub-regional finals will be held in March in various locations:

The Royal High School, Bath Date: Tuesday 1st March

Nova Hreod Academy, Swindon Date: Monday 7th March

Pilton Community College, Barnstaple Date: Wednesday 9th March
 
All winners and runners-up from the sub-regional finals will be invited to compete at the Regional Final on Wednesday 29th June 2016 at the University of Bath. 
 

This competition is open to students of secondary age from any SW school and will provide an opportunity for students to use their foreign language out of the classroom. The competition will run in two categories: Non-native speakers and Near-native speakers in KS3-5 but if any categories do not attract sufficient numbers we reserve the right to withdraw them.

Students may present at any level in French, German or Spanish. We also accept entries in other languages but we reserve the right to withdraw them if we are unable to find judges.

Please download the poster for further information. The closing date for entries is 4pm on Friday 5th February 2016.

Presentations from the last year's Regional Final in Bath can be viewed on our YouTube channel

We are very grateful to Oxford University Press for donating prizes for this competition. 

Programme: 

The format of each event will be as follows (times may vary):

9:45 Arrival and Registration

10:00 KS3 Non-native and Near-native – 1-2 minute presentation on “My Family”, “My Hometown” or “My Hobbies”

11:30 KS4 Non-native – 2 minute presentation on “My Holiday”, “A Film I Enjoyed” or “Health & Fitness”

12:30 Lunch

13:00 KS4 Near-native – see KS4 above

13:30 KS5 Non-native and Near-native – 3 minute presentation on “My Dream” or a topic of your choice

14:30 Judging

15:00 Results and Award of Prizes

Booking information: 

To register your students please download the flyer below, complete page 2 and email it to I.Holdsworth@bath.ac.uk by 4 pm on Friday 5th February 2016.

European Day of Languages

Date: 
Friday, 25 September, 2015 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
South West
Location: 
The Dolphin School

The Dolphin Primary School, Bristol is celebrating the European Day of Languages on Friday 25th September. An introductory Russian taster session will be offered to Reception Year pupils as part of a larger celebration of speaking foreign languages.

Twilight Session for Sixth Form/ Yr 11 students

Date: 
Thursday, 8 October, 2015 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
South West
Location: 
North Bristol Post 16 Centre
A presentation to Sixth Form/ Year 11 students will be delivered by French students from Bordeaux who are studying for a vocational baccalaureate in retail or administration and are coming to Bristol on a work experience programme funded by Erasmus Plus as part of their study. 
 
The speakers will share their experience of doing a vocational course with foreign languages, tell Sixth Formers/ Yr 11 students about the funding opportunities available through Erasmus Plus programme and speak about their personal experience of living abroad. There will be a Q&A session at the end.
 
The session will take place in Room G001 in Charnwood House (North Bristol Post 16 Centre, 30 Cotham Park, Bristol BS6 6BU) at 4 - 5 pm.

Twilight Session for Sixth Form/ Yr 11 students

Date: 
Thursday, 8 October, 2015 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
South West
Location: 
Colston's Girls' School
A presentation to Sixth Form/ Year 11 students will be delivered by French students from Bordeaux who are studying for a vocational baccalaureate in retail or administration and are coming to Bristol on a work experience programme funded by Erasmus Plus as part of their study. 
 
The speakers will share their experience of doing a vocational course with foreign languages, tell Sixth Formers/ Yr 11 students about the funding opportunities available through Erasmus Plus programme and speak about their personal experience of living abroad. There will be a Q&A session at the end.
 
The session will take place in the CGS Theatre (through New Reception, Cheltenham Rd, Bristol BS6 5RD) at 4 - 5 pm. 

European Day of Languages

Date: 
Friday, 25 September, 2015 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Seminar/Lecture
Region: 
South West
Location: 
The Red Maids' School

Talks to Year 11 students and mixed age groups to encourage more students to study languages in Sixth Form and at university level as part of the Languages Day Event.  

Celebrating Success: MFL Pop Video & Speaking Competitions Regional Finals

Date: 
Wednesday, 29 June, 2016 - 12:00 to 16:30
Region: 
South West
Location: 
Wills Hall Conference Centre, University of Bristol

We are delighted to announce that our big annual Celebrating Success Event will take place on Wednesday 29th June at Wills Hall Conference Centre, University of Bristol this year.

The event will run in two parts:

MFL Speaking Competition Regional Final -

All winners & runners-up from three sub-regional finals in Barnstaple, Swindon and Bath are invited to compete. Students may either improve the presentation that they delivered in March or make an entirely new presentation. Creativity, imagination and an element of drama will be highly commended! The topics are the same as for sub-regional finals and are available in the downloadable competition flyer (see below).

Students will be judged on presentation as well as language skills (spontaneity, fluency, accent, interest, range of language and originality) by a panel of judges.

Cash prizes will be given to winners (£50) & runners-up (£25).

Deadline for registrations: Friday 27th May. To register, please complete the downloadable registration form (see below) and e-mail it to: I.Holdsworth@bath.ac.uk

Pop Video Competition Award Ceremony -

Nine nominated videos will compete for the 'Winner 2016' award. The winners in each category, including the 'Online Viewers' Award', will be announced in the Oscar-style ceremony.

Cash prizes will be given to winners (£100) & runners-up (£50).

And we are hoping to have a live performance by one of the Pop Video winners from previous years again!!

Nominees will be notified by the end of May.

The voting poll for the 'Online Viewers' Award' will open after the closing date for four weeks and nominees will be notified 10 days prior to the event.

Programme: 

We are planning to start the event around 12 pm and finish by 4.30 pm.

The programme will be available in early June. 

Booking information: 

To reserve a place for your student at the MFL Speaking Competition Regional Final, please complete the registration form below and email it to I.Holdsworth@bath.ac.uk

 

Pop Video Competition 2016 (South West)

Date: 
Tuesday, 3 May, 2016 - 10:00
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
South West
Location: 
South West

Do you think you could write a song or rap in a foreign language? Do you have the IT skills to make a video to accompany your song? If so… this competition is for you.

The Routes into Languages South West project is inviting you to submit a short video, animated if you prefer, to accompany a song or rap which you have composed in a foreign language. The competition is open to students between the ages of 11-18, in full time education and will be judged in two categories: 11-14 and 15-18.

The winning entry will receive a prize of £100 and a trophy. Three runners up in each category will receive £50. We will videostream your video on the Routes into Languages South West YouTube website. And there is a special prize - The Online Viewers' Award! You will have a chance to vote for your favourite video. The details about it will be posted on our YouTube website before the closing date. The award presentation ceremony will be held on Wednesday 29th June at the University of Bristol.

All Pop Video entries from the South West will automatically be entered into the National Online Viewers' Award 2016!

To view the entries from previous years please visit our YouTube RiLSouthWest channel.

The Pop Video Competition 2016 is open to all regions - if your school is outside the South West region, please go to the National Pop Video Competition 2016.

Programme: 

For more information and and for rules of the competition please download the flyer below.

You can also download the Pop Video A4 poster to put on display in your school - to print out the A4 poster, please save it on your computer first and then print it out. Alternatively, you can request a colourful poster for your school by email: I.Holdsworth@bath.ac.uk

 

Booking information: 

To enter this competition please submit your video entry together with your completed entry form (please download below) via https://www.wetransfer.com/ to I.Holdsworth@bath.ac.uk by 10 am Tuesday 3rd May. Please read carefully the rules of the competition on page 2 of the competition flyer (please download the flyer below) before submitting your entry. 

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