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Promoting the take-up of languages and student mobility

West Midlands

Year 8 and 9 Languages Day

This event is fully booked
Date: 
Friday, 8 November, 2019 - 09:30 to 14:30
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
University of Wolverhampton

The Year 9 Language Day at the University of Wolverhampton aims to raise aspirations and encourage pupils from schools in the West Midlands to study languages. The day features inspirational talks from local business executives and a marketing activity related directly to language learning and its relevance in business. This event has always been well received and well attended.

Please note that there is a cost of £10 per student to attend.

This event is now fully booked.

Mother Tongue Other Tongue Poetry Competition

Date: 
Monday, 2 March, 2020 - 09:00 to Friday, 24 April, 2020 - 17:00
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
West Midlands

A multilingual poetry competition that celebrates cultural diversity and the many languages currently spoken in schools across the UK.

The aim of the Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition is to celebrate languages, culture and language-learning, giving secondary school students the opportunity to practise and improve their foreign language skills (any language they are learning in school) and appreciate their heritage, using poetry. The regional competition is being led by Routes into Languages West Midlands at Aston University, Birmingham and we are delighted this year to open it up to all students from all primary and secondary schools in the West Midlands region.

The idea was originally developed by the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Manchester Metropolitan University and Routes into Languages North West and due to its success, is now being rolled out across the country.

Programme: 

The competition

Mother Tongue entries will be in two parts: The first part is the poem. This can be an original, creative piece, or a poem or song that is ‘remembered’ – i.e. something in your first language that you recall, or that has been told to you by a relative. This can be in any language but English. The second part should be a short explanation of the inspiration behind the piece, where it comes from, or why it is important to the person submitting it (no more than half a page). This part must be written in English and is the part your entry will be judged on.

Other Tongue entries must be an original poem written in a language that is not the first language spoken by the person writing it. Entries are welcomed in French, Spanish, German or Italian.

Winning students from the West Midlands will be invited to the National Celebration Event at Manchester Metropolitan University in June date to be confirmed.

How to enter

The competition opens on Monday 2 March and the deadline for entries is Friday 24 April 2020. 

Please send your entries by email to routes@aston.ac.uk, or by post to Claire Richards, Project Manager, Routes into Languages, MB777, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET.

The competition is open to all students in Reception, KS1, KS2,KS3, KS4 & KS5.

For more information on the competition, how to enter and for ideas of how to integrate this into your lessons, please find attached the Teacher’s Pack.

See www.mtot.org.uk  for further details and to download promotional materials, workshop ideas and resources

Foreign Language Film Review Competition

Date: 
Monday, 6 January, 2020 - 09:00 to Friday, 14 February, 2020 - 17:00
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
National - Open to all Secondary Schools in England

Do you love watching the latest films? Have you ever fancied trying your hand at being a film critic? Then our latest competition for year 10 and 12 students may be for you!

We would like you to write a film review for us, but we would like it to be written in either French, German or Spanish. It doesn’t need to be long (maximum 500 words) and we would like to know the following:

  • Title of the film
  • Who the main characters are
  • A short synopsis of the film
  • What you liked about it
  • What you didn’t like about it
  • How many out of 10 would you give it

The competition is open to pupils in Year 10 and 12 with one winner for each year group. Prizes for the winners will be announced very soon.

Each entry MUST be clearly marked on the back with the pupil’s name, age, year group, teacher and school. When sending school entries, teachers should provide a covering note with their contact details for ease of notifying winners. N.B. all entries will be disposed of in our confidential waste once the judging has taken place. Winning entries may be used for promotional purposes but only the year group and school name will be shown not the student's name.

All entries must be written in either French, German or Spanish.

Please note that entries cannot be returned, we advise making a scanned copy for pupils who wish to retain their work. In the event of insufficient entries of good quality, no prize will be awarded; the judges’ decision is final.

Please send your entries to: Film Review Competition, Routes into Languages West Midlands, Room MB777, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham B4 7ET. If you have any queries please email us at routes@aston.ac.uk or call 0121 204 4720.

The closing date is 5pm on Friday 14 February 2019. Please note any entries submitted after this date will not be included and we are unable to extend the closing date for individual schools.

Languages in Higher Education Sixth Form Conference

Date: 
Wednesday, 17 June, 2020 - 10:00 to 15:30
Event Type: 
Conference
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
Aston University

Our Languages in HE Sixth Form Conference will take place at Aston University on Wednesday 17 June 2020.

The Languages in HE Sixth Form Conference will enable your Year 12 students to discover more about the opportunities available for language study at university, helping them to make an informed decision about their future studies.

The varied conference programme will provide Year 12 students with an opportunity to hear about the different types of language study at university, as well as hearing from current undergraduate students about their experiences of language study and the year abroad.  In addition, students will participate in two sessions in their current language(s) of study (French, Spanish or German) and a taster session in a new language.

This conference will start at 10.00am and end at 3.30pm on Wednesday 17 June 2019.

European Day of Languages Poster Competition

Date: 
Monday, 2 September, 2019 - 09:00 to Friday, 11 October, 2019 - 17:00
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
West Midlands

Celebrate the European Day of Languages on Thursday 26 September by taking part in our poster competition!

To mark the European Day of Languages, we invite schools from the West Midlands region to participate in our poster competition. With the number of UK languages learners reducing, whilst international commerce and travel increase, our aim is to spread the message of the importance of learning languages, promoting intercultural awareness and encourage uptake, particularly at GCSE and beyond. However, this year we  are very excited to invite students in primary schools in our region to take part in the competition too!

Speaking another language can lead to new friendships, more fun when on holiday and opportunities to study or work abroad in the future. So, to get our Reception to Year 10 pupils thinking about these things, we would like the students to design a poster about another European country they would like to visit or have visited before. Pupils should design their own poster, using, if they wish, a variety of materials and languages! (primary school students may recieve some help from their teachers of course!)

The poster should tell us which country it is and some facts about it e.g. language spoken, food, music, famous landmarks etc. – the more the better!

Entries can be submitted in any foreign langauge or langauges and may include some English if desired (for example, pupils may like to provide a translation of the facts they provide). Each poster should be no larger than a sheet of A4 paper and must be completed by hand but any form of materials can be used – felt tips, paint, fabric etc. Judges will be looking for originality of illustration as well as accuracy of language and content.

The competition is open to pupils in Reception to Year 10 with one winner for each key stage. Each entry MUST be clearly marked on the back with the pupil’s name, age, year group, teacher and school, as well as any necessary information about the language(s) chosen (i.e. if it is a less widely learned language) to facilitate judging. When sending school entries, teachers should provide a covering note with their contact details for ease of notifying winners. N.B. All entries will be disposed of in our confidential waste once the judging has been completed.

Please note that entries cannot be returned, we advise making a scanned copy for pupils who wish to retain their work. In the event of insufficient entries of good quality, no prize will be awarded; the judges’ decision is final.

Prizes will be awarded for Reception, KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4. The prizes will be a £10 Lover to Shop voucher for each of the winners plus a winner’s certificate. The winning entries will be displayed around the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University and will feature on our website. They may also be used in publicity materials in future. Prizes will be posted out to the winners schools. Please note that only the key stage and name of the school of the winning entries will be used in any publicity.

We hope that you will encourage your pupils to take part in this competition as part of your in-school European Day of Languages celebrations. The deadline for submission of entries will be Friday 11 October 2019.  Please note any entries submitted after this date will not be included and we are unable to extend the closing date for individual schools.

 

Please send your entries to: European Day of Languages Competition, Routes into Languages West Midlands, Room MB777, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham B4 7ET. If you have any queries please email us at routes@aston.ac.uk or call 0121 204 4720.

Need some inspiration?

  • Encourage pupils to use home languages – they could even teach a few words or phrases to other pupils.
  • Take the opportunity to so some cross curricular work with your art department
  • Visit http://www.oddizzi.com/teachers/explore-the-world/places/europe/
  • Have a look at the European Day of Languages website https://edl.ecml.at/

Foreign Language Christmas Card Competition

Date: 
Monday, 4 November, 2019 - 09:00 to Monday, 2 December, 2019 - 17:00
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
National - Open to all Primary and Secondary Schools in England this year!

This is a national competition open to schools in all regions in England.

Learn about Christmas traditions in different countries by taking part in our Christmas Card Design competition!

Routes into Languages West Midlands will be sending out Christmas e-cards to all of our contacts and would like to invite students from Reception to year 10 from schools in England to participate in our Foreign Language Christmas Card Design Competition.

We would like the students to design a card which shows the Christmas traditions of another country. Pupils should research and design their card using, if they wish, a variety of materials. 

Entries can be submitted in any foreign langauge – N.B. entries containing English language will not be accepted.

Each card should be no larger than a sheet of A4 paper and must be completed by hand but any form of materials can be used – felt tips, paint, fabric etc. Judges will be looking for originality of illustration as well as accuracy of language and content.

The competition is open to pupils in Reception to year 10 and the winning entries from Primary and Secondary will be used as our Christmas E-cards for 2019. The two winners will also receive a £10 National Book token each.

The winning entries will also be displayed around the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University and will feature on our website. They may also be used in publicity materials in future.  N.B. We will only use the year group and school name of the winners in any publicity, not the name of the student.

Each entry MUST be clearly marked on the back with the pupil’s name, age, year group, teacher and school, as well as any necessary information about the language(s) chosen (i.e. if it is a less widely learned language) to facilitate judging. When sending school entries, teachers should provide a covering note with their contact details for ease of notifying winners. All entries will be disposed of in our confidential waste once judging is completed.

Please note that entries cannot be returned, we advise making a scanned copy for pupils who wish to retain their work. In the event of insufficient entries of good quality, no prize will be awarded; the Judges’ decision is final.

We hope that you will encourage your pupils to take part in this competition. The deadline for submission of entries will be Monday 2 December 2019. Please note any entries submitted after this date will not be included and we are unable to extend the closing date for individual schools.

Please send your entries to: Claire Richards, Project Manager, Routes into Languages West Midlands, Room MB777, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham B4 7ET. If you have any queries please email us at routes@aston.ac.uk or call 0121 204 4720.

French Cultural Event

Date: 
Wednesday, 29 January, 2020 - 12:00 to 15:30
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
Aston University

Routes into Languages West Midlands invites you to Aston University’s campus for this fun and interesting French cultural event for Year 8 and 9 pupils from 12.00pm to 3.30pm on Wednesday 29 January 2020.

The afternoon will feature native French speakers who will deliver language and culture workshops on the topic of 'Carnivale' to small groups of pupils. Using the information they have learned in the workshop, pupils will then take part in a fun interactive session and present their work to the larger group at the end of the event.

Alongside the pupils' sessions, a CPD training session will be provided for teachers.

Lunch will be provided.

Please note that this year there is a cost of £10 per student for this event.

 

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT WILL OPEN MID-SPETEMBER

Spanish Cultural Event

Date: 
Wednesday, 26 February, 2020 - 12:00 to 15:30
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
Aston University

Routes into Languages West Midlands invites you to Aston University’s campus for this fun and interesting Spanish cultural event for Year 8 and 9 pupils from 12.00pm to 3.30pm on Wednesday 26 February 2020.

The afternoon will feature native Spanish speakers who will deliver language and culture workshops to small groups of pupils on the topic of  'Dia de los Muertos'. Using the information they have learned in the workshop, pupils will then take part in a fun interactive session and present their work to the larger group at the end of the event.

A CPD training session will be provided for teachers. 

Lunch will be provided.

Please note that this year there is a cost of £10 per student for this event.

 

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT OPENS MID-SEPTEMBER

German Cultural Event

Date: 
Wednesday, 18 March, 2020 - 12:00 to 15:30
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
Aston University

Routes into Languages West Midlands invites you to Aston University’s campus for this fun and interesting German cultural event for Year 8 and 9 pupils from 12.00pm to 3.30pm on Wednesday 18 March 2020.

The afternoon will feature native German speakers who will deliver language and culture workshops on the topic of 'School in the UK and Germany' to small groups of pupils. Using the information they have learned in the workshop, pupils will then take part in a fun interactive session and present their work to the larger group at the end of the event.

A CPD training session for teachers will be provided.

Lunch will be provided.

Please note that this year there is a cost of £10 per student for this event.

 

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT OPENS MID-SEPTEMBER

Summer Holiday Language Immersion challenge

Date: 
Friday, 19 July, 2019 - 09:00 to Monday, 2 September, 2019 - 09:00
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
West Midlands

The Summer Holiday Language Immersion Challenge is open to Year 9 and 10 students and is designed to keep them practising their target language during the long summer break.

Students each receive a booklet containing 14 activities for them to complete, ranging from sending an email, watching a film or reading a teenagers blog in the target language to name just a few.

Participants will be awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze certificates after the summer holidays, depending on how many of the challenges they have completed.

Routes will award a small prize to all of those year 9 and 10 students who complete 12 or more challenges.

The challenge booklet is available to download below.

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