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West Midlands

¡Fiesta Hispánica! - Spanish Cultural Day for Year 8 & 9 Students

This event is fully booked
Date: 
Wednesday, 28 February, 2018 - 12:45 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 interactive Spanish cultural event for Year 8 and 9 pupils from 12.45pm to 3.30pm on Wednesday 28 February 2018.

The afternoon will feature native Spanish speakers who will deliver language and culture workshops about Spanish speaking countries outside of Spain to small groups of pupils.

Using the information they have learned in the workshop, pupils will then take part in an interactive session around the culture of the country and present their work to the larger group at the end of the event. A representative from the Spanish Embassy Education Office will be in attendance to judge the winning group.

Alongside the pupils' sessions, the Spanish Embassy Education Office will provide CPD training for teachers. 

Cost: £9 per student

Deutsch International! - German Cultural Day for Year 8 & 9 Students

This event is fully booked
Date: 
Wednesday, 24 January, 2018 - 12:45 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 interactive German cultural event for Year 8 and 9 pupils from 12.45pm to 3.30pm on Wednesday 24 January 2018.

The afternoon will feature native German speakers who will deliver language and culture workshops about German speaking countries outside of Germany to small groups of pupils..

Using the information they have learned in the workshop, pupils will then take part in an interactive session around the culture of the country and present their work to the larger group at the end of the event. A representative from the Goethe Institut will be in attendance to judge the winning group.

Alongside the pupils' sessions, the Goethe Institut will provide CPD training for teachers. 

Cost: £9 per student

 

Careers in Translation and Interpreting Conference

Date: 
Wednesday, 15 November, 2017 - 12:00 to 18:30
Event Type: 
Conference
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
Aston University

Routes into Languages West Midlands invites you to a national event entitled “Careers in Translation and Interpreting” to be held at Aston University from 12.00pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday 15th November 2017.

The event is aimed at sixth form and undergraduate students who are thinking of a career in the translation and interpreting industry. Participants will hear from employers, alumni and current translation students about becoming a translator or interpreter and the many exciting job opportunities in the translation and interpreting industry

Throughout the event, participants can talk to industry representatives in a separate exhibition area, and there will be refreshments and a networking session later in the afternoon to talk to the speakers and other visitors personally. The day will round up with three practical taster sessions where participants themselves can have a go at interpreting and translation.

The event is open to students of any university in the UK, as well as sixth form students from across the West Midlands.

A full programme for the event will be available in September as soon as all speakers are secured.

European Day of Languages Poster Competition

Date: 
Wednesday, 26 July, 2017 - 14:15 to Friday, 6 October, 2017 - 17:00
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
West Midlands

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

To mark the European Day of Languages, we invite schools in the 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.

Speaking another language can lead to new friendships, more fun when on holiday and opportunities to study or work abroad in the future. As many athletes and sportsmen and women speak more than one language, our theme for this year’s Poster Competition is “My Sports Language Role Model”. Pupils should research and design their own poster, using, if they wish, a variety of materials and languages!

Pupils should choose a sportsperson who speaks a language they study at school. The poster should tell us who they are, what they do, which language(s) they speak and what they admire about them!

Entries can be submitted in any foreign language or languages 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 Year 7, 8 and 9 with one winner for each year group. 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.

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.

Winners will each receive a prize and the the winning entries will be displayed around the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University, will feature on our website and may be used in a press release. They may also be used in publicity materials in future. Prizes will be presented in schools by a member of Routes into Languages staff or a languages ambassador who will also deliver a “Why Study Languages” presentation to your pupils.

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 6 October.

Please send your entries to: European Day of Languages Competition, Routes into Languages West Midlands, Room NW803A, 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

Why Study Languages Event for Students and Parents/Guardians

Date: 
Tuesday, 4 July, 2017 - 17:00 to 19:00
Event Type: 
Seminar/Lecture
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
Aston University, Birmingham

Routes into Languages are very pleased to invite students and their parents/guardians to attend an exciting event at Aston University this summer term.

Come along and find out more about how much fun studying languages can be and the many future opportunities they could provide your son or daughter in what is becoming an increasingly global marketplace.

There will be an opportunity for you and your child to have fun together learning another language in one of our language taster sessions.

Hear from one of our recent language graduates about her experience of learning languages at University, including time spent working or studying abroad on her placement year and what she is doing now.

Each student is welcome to bring up to two members of their family with them.

This event is FREE to attend and refreshments will be provided. Closing date for registrations is Monday 26 June 2017.

If you have any questions about the event in the meantime please email Claire Richards, Project Manager, Routes into Languages West Midlands at routes@aston.ac.uk

We look forward to seeing you then!

Booking information: 

Please state the number of places you require in the comments section of this form.

Promoting Language Learning Poster Competition

Date: 
Thursday, 6 April, 2017 - 15:45 to Monday, 15 May, 2017 - 15:45
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
West Midlands

For this coming summer term, we would like your students to produce a poster promoting learning langauges aimed at anyone from primary school pupils up to undergraduate students – the choice is theirs!

Pupils should design their own poster, using, if they wish, a variety of materials and any foreign language they wish.
The poster should have one slogan promoting the benefits of language learning, in another foreign language along with a translation in English. They may use any foreign language they wish.

Each poster should be no larger than a sheet of A3 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 KS3, 4 and 5 with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for each group. 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.

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.

The prizes will be £20 vouchers for the winners and £10 each vouchers for runners up plus a winner and runners up certificates. 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.

We hope that you will encourage your pupils to take part in this competition – the deadline for submission of entries will be Monday 15 May.

Please send your entries to: Promoting Languages Poster Competition, Routes into Languages West Midlands, Room NW803A, 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 do some cross curricular work with your art department
• Take a look on sites like Pinterest and Instagram for ideas.

Mother Tongue Other Tongue Poetry Competition

Date: 
Monday, 24 April, 2017 - 09:00 to Friday, 26 May, 2017 - 23:45
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.

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 on Wednesday 5 July.

How to enter

The competition opens on Monday 24 April and the deadline for entries is Friday 26 May 2017.

Please send your entries by email to routes@aston.ac.uk, or by post to Claire Richards, Project Manager, Routes into Languages, NW803A, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET.

The competition is open to all students in 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

Business Language Champions

Date: 
Friday, 19 May, 2017 - 10:30 to 14:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
University of Wolverhampton - City Campus

This session consists of a 1 hour motivational talk followed by a 2 hour taster session in a given language with a specific career focus to engage students and offer more realistic career 'snapshots'. The language tasters will be clearly aligned to a specific industry sector and raise the awareness of a language as a valid and beneficial skill to give competitive edge in the real world.

Open to KS3 and KS4 students and 200 places are available.

This event is fully funded and therefore FREE to attend. Please email Monica Cozzone monica.cozzone@wlv.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

Chinese Year of the Rooster Competition

Date: 
Wednesday, 1 February, 2017 - 10:15 to Monday, 6 February, 2017 - 23:45
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
West Midlands

Celebrate Chinese Year of the Rooster with our new competition!

On 28 January this year, Chinese people all over the world will be celebrating New Year and this year it is the year of the Rooster.

The celebrations start the day before New Year and end with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the New Year.

We would like your students to join in with the celebrations by designing a game with the theme of Chinese New Year of the Rooster. Students can be as creative as they like using lots of different materials but they must include a ‘Happy New Year’ greeting in Chinese characters somewhere within the game.

The competition is open to all students in years 7 to 9 and there will be a prize of a £20 book token for the winner and £10 book tokens for second and third place.

We hope the students have great fun and look forward to seeing
lots of fantastic games!

Closing date for the competition is Monday 6 February.

Year 9 Language Day

Date: 
Friday, 10 March, 2017 - 09:30 to 14:30
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
The 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.

60 places are available and this event is FREE to attend. Please email monica.cozzone@wlv.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

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