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Foreign Language Christmas Card Design Competition for Year 7 and 8 Students

Date: 
Tuesday, 8 November, 2016 - 16:00 to Monday, 5 December, 2016 - 17:00
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
West Midlands

Learn about Christmas traditions in different countries by taking part in our Foreign Language Christmas Card Design Competition!

This year Routes into Languages West Midlands will be sending out a Christmas e-card to all of our contacts and would like to invite students in years 7 and 8 from schools in the region to participate in our 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 own card, using, if they wish, a variety of materials.

Entries can be submitted in any foreign langauge – entries containing English 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 Years 7 and 8 and the winning entry will be used as our Christmas E-card for 2016. The winner will also receive a £20 National Book token.

The winning entry will also be displayed around the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University and will feature on our website. It may also be used in publicity materials in future.

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.

We hope that you will encourage your pupils to take part in this competition. The deadline for submission of entries will be Monday 5 December.

Please send your entries to: Claire Richards, Project Manager, 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.

European Day of Languages Poster Competition 2016

Region: 
West Midlands

We are delighted to announce the winners and runners up of our EDL Poster Competition 2016:

Year 7 Winner - Hayley Fisher, Walton High School

Year 8 Winner - Chloe Lawson, Haybridge High School

Year 9 Winner - Iqra Ali, Hodge Hill Girls School

Year 7 Runner Up - Sara Podgorska, Stratford Upon Avon School

Year 8 Runner Up - Freya Lillevik, Charlton School

Year 9 Runner Up - Rebecca Loundes, Abbots Bromley School

Many congratulations to all of our winners and runners up, well done to all of the students who entered the competition and thank you very much to the teachers who encouraged their students and sent in the posters - we received a massive 901 poster entries for the competition this year from 24 schools!

Languages in Higher Education Sixth Form Conference

This event is fully booked
Date: 
Wednesday, 21 June, 2017 - 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 21 June 2017.  This is a Routes into Languages West Midlands collaborative event involving a number of partner universities.

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, or in Translation studies.

This conference will start at 10.00am and end at 3.30pm on Wednesday 21 June 2017 and is free to attend.  Please note that places are limited so early booking is advisable as all places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

Programme

 Please see the draft outline programme below for details of the content of the session - please note sessions titles and course leaders will be confirmed in due course.

Languages in HE Sixth Form Conference

21 June 2017, 10.00am – 3.30pm

Aston University

10.00am  Welcome

10.15am  Languages in HE - what are the options?

10.45am  Session TBC

11.15am  The student perspective - Q & A session

11.45am  Break

12.00am  Lecture Choices (French/Spanish/German)

12.45pm  Lunch & Exhibition

1.35pm    Lecture Choices (French/Spanish/German)

2.20pm    Short break

2.25pm   Taster sessions

Languages TBC

3.15pm  Evaluation and close

Booking for this event opens on Monday 9 January 2017

Jour de la Francophonie

This event is fully booked
Date: 
Wednesday, 22 March, 2017 - 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 interesting French cultural event for Year 8 and 9 pupils from 12.45pm to 3.30pm on Wednesday 22 March 2017.

The afternoon will feature native French speakers from countries outside France who will deliver language and culture workshops to small groups of pupils. Pupils will then design their own posters and present what they have learned to the larger group at the end of the event.

This event is fully funded and therefore FREE to attend. There are a maximum of 80 places on this event and we can offer each school up to 10 places. Late cancellations (one week before the event) are charged at £5 per pupil.

 

Fiesta Hispanica

This event is fully booked
Date: 
Friday, 3 March, 2017 - 12:45 to 15:30
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
University of Wolverhampton

Routes into Languages West Midlands invites you to The University of Wolverhampton's campus for this fun and interesting Spanish cultural event for Year 8 and 9 pupils from 12.45pm to 3.30pm on Friday 3 March 2017.

The afternoon will feature native Spanish speakers from countries outside Spain who will deliver language and culture workshops to small groups of pupils. Pupils will then design their own posters and present what they have learned to the larger group at the end of the event.

This event is fully funded and therefore FREE to attend. There are a maximum of 80 places on this event and we can offer each school up to 10 places. Late cancellations (one week before the event) are charged at £5 per pupil.

 

Careers in Translation and Interpreting

This event is fully booked
Date: 
Wednesday, 30 November, 2016 - 12:45 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 12.45pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday 30th November 2016.

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 free and 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 is attached below.

 

Deutsche International!

This event is fully booked
Date: 
Wednesday, 25 January, 2017 - 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 interesting German cultural event for Year 8 and 9 pupils from 12.45pm to 3.30pm on Wednesday 25 January 2017.

The afternoon will feature native German speakers from countries outside Germany who will deliver language and culture workshops to small groups of pupils. Pupils will then design their own posters and present what they have learned 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. 

This event is fully funded and therefore FREE to attend. There are a maximum of 80 places on this event and we can offer each school up to 10 places. Late cancellations (one week before the event) are charged at £5 per pupil.

Registration for this event opens on Monday 12 September

Region: 
West Midlands

The 2016 European Day of Languages is now open! We are looking forward to receving lots of great entries from year 7, 8 and 9 students. Closing date is Friday 7 October.

European Day of Languages Poster Competition

Date: 
Thursday, 11 August, 2016 - 16:15 to Friday, 7 October, 2016 - 17:00
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
West Midlands

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

To mark the European Day of Languages and following the success of the competition last year, 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, understanding of other cultures, more fun when on holiday and opportunities to study or work abroad in the future to name but a few benefits. So, to get our Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils thinking about these things, this year we would like the students to design a poster about another European country they would like to visit. Pupils should research and design their own poster, using, if they wish, a variety of materials and languages!

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

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.

The prizes will be £20 vouchers for 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 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 7 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

  • Visit http://www.ducksters.com/geography/europe.php

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