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Promoting the take-up of languages and student mobility

West Midlands

The Languages MK Show

Date: 
Saturday, 9 July, 2016 - 10:30 to 15:30
Event Type: 
Conference
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA

Are you interested in learning a new language?

Do you want to practise your existing language skills?

Are you interested in working as a translator or interpreter?

Or perhaps you are a language teacher looking to network and explore the latest language learning research from The Open University?

Explore the latest language learning and teaching technologies

Practise speaking a variety of languages in the Language Café area

Watch live cultural performances from local schools

Find out more about translating and interpreting

Discover the options for language learning in the Milton Keynes area

Join language taster sessions in French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Greek,

Japanese, German, British Sign Language, Russian

Participate in professional development sessions for language teachers

For more information and to book a place at this event visit:

www.open.ac.uk/languages-mk

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/languagesmk

Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/1WGiYLf

Modern Languages Networking and Workshop Event

Date: 
Monday, 6 June, 2016 - 09:30 to 16:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
University of Birmingham

Email L.Crutchley@bham.ac.uk to confirm your place asap

Programme: 

DRAFT PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY

Introduction and Welcome

“What makes the Modern Languages Graduate” by Dr Ruth Whittle

“The Importance of Languages within the Workplace” by Mr Raheem R Zafar and Miss Hajira Ali (Lawyer-Barrister)

“Curriculum and Exam Specification Changes – Culture, Literature and Film” by Dr Peter Halstead AQA

Responding to Syllabus changes at GCSE: Sharing Good Practice

Networking Lunch

New A Level Specification and the Implications for Teachers: exploring a book/film

Break

Models for Collaboration between the University and Schools and plenary discussion

Spelling Bee Regional Final

Region: 
West Midlands

Following a really fun afternoon on Wednesday 13 April for the Regional Final of the National Foreign Language Spelling Bee Competition we are delighted to announce the following winners who will be going forward to the National Final on Friday 1 July!

Spanish

Jack Baines - Ellowes Hall School

Jaziyah Shah - KESH Academy

Lettie Topping - Finham Park School

Rahima Ahmad - Queen Mary's High School for Girls

 

French

Emilie Linfoot - King's High School for Girls

Jinte Lammertsma - Kenilworth School

Matthew Skaria - King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys

Juliet Knight - Kennilworth School

 

German

Rajan Aulakh - Handsworth Grammar School

Harkirpa Takhar- Bishop Vesey's Grammar School

Dylan Lindford - Bishop Vesey's Grammar School

Dhyana Sehmar - Queen Mary's High School for Girls

 

Well done to all students who took part in the competition stages and special congratuations and good luck to our 12 national finalists!

 

Mother Tongue Other Tongue Poetry Competition

Date: 
Monday, 25 April, 2016 - 00:00 to Monday, 6 June, 2016 - 00:00
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.

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 30th June 2016.

How to enter

The competition opens from Monday 25 April and the deadline for entries is Monday 6 June 2016.

Please send your entries by email to routes@aston.ac.uk, or by post to Project Manager, Routes into Languages, MB741, 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

Primary Language Taster

Date: 
Wednesday, 15 June, 2016 - 10:00 to 12:00
Event Type: 
Other
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
University of Wolverhampton - City Campus

The Year 5 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 a 2 hour taster session in Italian, Chinese, Japanese or British Sign. Not only will the session give the pupils additional languages skills in a new language, but it will also bring them into a University environment.

This event is fully funded and therefore FREE to attend. Please email sanah.sadiq@wlv.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

 

Adventure Agent

Date: 
Friday, 6 May, 2016 - 10:00 to 13:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
University of Wolverhampton - City Campus

This workshop will look at the Spanish language and how it is found across the globe in a range of countries. The session will look at the historical spread of the language and pupils will be tasked with finding out more about the different countries. They will be the 'adventure agents' who are looking for interesting things to see and do in the Spanish speaking countries. There will be an emphasis on language skills, new vocabulary, tourist vocabulary and cultural/historical knowledge. Pupils will have access to computers so that they can (in groups) put together a presentation to present to the whole class. A prize will be awarded to the best agent.

This event is full funded and therefore FREE to attend. Please email sanah.sadiq@wlv.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

Business Language Champions

Date: 
Friday, 29 April, 2016 - 10:30 to 14:00
Event Type: 
Talk
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 will engage students and offer more realistic career 'snapshots'. The language tasters will be clearly aligned to a specific industry sector and raise awareness of a language as a valid and beneficial skill to give competitive edge in the real world.

This event is for KS3 and KS4 pupils and is full funded so is FREE to attend. Please email sanah.sadiq@wlv.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

Business Language Champions

Date: 
Friday, 22 April, 2016 - 10:30 to 14:00
Event Type: 
Talk
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 will engage students and offer more realistic career 'snapshots'. The language tasters will be clearly aligned to a specific industry sector and raise awareness of a language as a valid and beneficial skill to give competitive edge in the real world.

This event is for KS3 and KS4 pupils and is full funded so is FREE to attend. Please email sanah.sadiq@wlv.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

Routes Abroad Event

Date: 
Wednesday, 23 March, 2016 - 14:00 to 16:00
Event Type: 
Talk
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
Lecture Theatre 6, Strathcona, The University of Birmingham

This event is being run by two students who participated in the Routes Abroad scheme in the summer of 2015.

They will be talking about summer placements abroad, their own experiences and what the Routes Abroad experience has brought them personally. They will also talk about information available to help students create their own experience abroad including application forms, weblinks and other resources for finding summer projects as well as term-time language courses. A leaflet with all of this information will be provided at the event for students to take away.

No registration is required for this event, please just go along on the day.

 

 

International Business and Modern Foreign Languages Residential

Date: 
Saturday, 12 March, 2016 - 00:00 to Sunday, 13 March, 2016 - 00:00
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET

This is a third party event

This year, Aston University will host its eleventh International Business and Modern Foreign Languages Residential for students studying French, Spanish or German or who are considering taking a year abroad as part of their degree. The event offers students an invaluable opportunity to develop their language and communication skills whilst also understanding the role their language could play in the world of work. Students can now study German or Spanish at Aston without having completed an A Level previously, so if your students are interested in learning a language or doing a study year abroad, this residential is ideal for them. Please note there is a cost of £99 per student for this event.

For more information or to register, please contact Sarah Fullwood at sixthformenrichment@aston.ac.uk

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