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EXTENDED DEADLINE: Learning Abroad Poster Competition 2015

Date: 
Wednesday, 21 January, 2015 - 00:00 to Sunday, 8 March, 2015 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
West Midlands Universities

Have you spent a summer or year abroad?
Would you like to inspire younger students?
Do you have a creative streak and a talent for design and presentation?

Routes into Languages West Midlands invites final year and postgraduate students who have spent a summer or year abroad to enter our "Learning Abroad" poster competition to inspire sixth form students to follow in their footsteps and travel abroad!

Posters can include photos and/or text and should answer the following questions:

  • Where did you work or study?
  • What skills have you gained?
  • How have you changed as a person?

 

Entries can be submitted in a range of languages but should be aimed at an English-speaking audience. They should be designed to print in A3 size.

 

The deadline for submissions is SUNDAY 8th MARCH 2015.

Please email your poster in PDF format to routes@aston.ac.uk or post to:

Learning Abroad Poster Competition

Routes into Languages West Midlands

Aston University MB741

Birmingham B4 7ET

Please remember to write your name, university, telephone and email address on the back so we can make contact with you.

 

Prizes include a £50 voucher and a selection of travel guides. The winning and highly commended posters will be exhibited at the Routes into Languages West Midlands Learning Abroad Conference in March 2015.

*CANCELLED* Learning Abroad: Intercultural Skills for Sixth Form

Date: 
Tuesday, 24 March, 2015 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Conference
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham

Learning Abroad: Intercultural Skills for Sixth Form

Businesses are looking for people with communication, problem-solving and intercultural skills to match the global workplace; competencies you can acquire and develop by travelling abroad. Our new “Learning Abroad” conference provides sixth form students with the information, support and inspiration they need to go out and study, volunteer or work abroad as part of their studies.

Students will take part in a range of morning workshops providing them with intercultural training, information, guidance and advice, and the opportunity to hear from undergraduates from a range of different disciplines studying at local universities, who have benefited recently from a year, or short period, of work or study abroad. There will be an exhibition with displays from final year students and information stalls with representatives of local universities and organisations, during which refreshments will be available.

In the afternoon, motivational speakers from successful businesses will talk about the skills and experiences they gained from living abroad and how these have helped them over the course of their careers. The event will conclude with language and culture taster sessions in a range of Asian and European languages.

It is a common mistaken belief that only students studying a language at university have the chance to study abroad. One of our aims is to demonstrate that this is not the case. International experience is highly valued in all graduates in today’s global economy. For this reason, the event is open to all sixth form students of any subject. The benefits of attending the event are simple – students will discover opportunities that they might not have known were available to them. They will receive specific information about the going abroad process, as well as inspirational stories of how studying abroad has affected the lives of so many others.

This conference will start at 10.00am and end at 3.30pm on Tuesday 24th March 2015 and it 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. 

Please use the form below to book or contact us at routes@aston.ac.uk or on 0121 204 3872.

Programme: 

10.00 – 10.15

Introduction & Welcome

10.15 – 11.00

Workshop 1:

Group A: Student Ambassador Q&A

Group B: Intercultural Awareness

Group C: Debunking the Myths

11:05 – 11:10

Comfort break

11.10 -

11.55

Workshop 2:

Group A: Intercultural Awareness

Group B: Debunking the Myths

Group C:  Student Ambassador Q&A

11.55 – 12:00

Comfort break

12.00 – 12.45

Workshop 3:

Group A: Debunking the Myths

Group B: Student Ambassador Q&A

Group C:  Intercultural Awareness

12.45 – 1.35

Lunch and exhibition

1.35 – 2.20

 Guest speakers: "What I got from my Year Abroad"

2.20 – 2.25

Comfort break

2.25 – 3.15

Language & Culture Tasters

3.15 – 3.30

Evaluation and closing

 

National Foreign Language Spelling Bee competition for Year 7

Date: 
Thursday, 26 September, 2013 - 00:00 to Friday, 11 July, 2014 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
Various

The Routes into Languages Year 7 National Foreign Language Spelling Bee is BACK and now in its fourth year! Each year more and more of you are taking part making this a fantastic, nail biting competition! 

 

To find out more and to register your Year 7 pupils for their chance to compete please visit our special Spelling Bee website www.flspellingbee.co.uk

 

The West Midlands Regional Final will take place at Aston University in April 2013 and the National Final will take place at Anglia Ruskin Univeristy, Cambridge in July 2013.

 

Please remember - you MUST register your school at www.flspellingbee.co.uk in order to take part in the competition.

STAR ambassador visits to your school

Date: 
Monday, 4 November, 2013 - 00:00 to Friday, 25 July, 2014 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Seminar/Lecture
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
Your school

Do you need help motivating your pupils and encouraging them to continue studying languages at GCSE, A level and beyond?  If so, then our STAR Ambassadors are on hand to help out.

 

Routes into Languages West Midlands has a team of enthusiastic STAR Ambassadors keen to use their passion for languages and encourage others to see the benefits of learning languages.  Our team includes current languages undergraduates as well as Erasmus students from France, Germany and Spain currently on study exchange placements at these Universities as part of their English Language studies.  They are on hand to give 'Why study languages' presentations as well as share their own experiences of studying languages in higher education.  Our students are also able to develop language taster and cultural sessions to inspire and enthuse your pupils.

 

Our STAR Ambassadors can adapt sessions to suit your requirements both in terms of content and duration and are happy to work with pupils of all ages. 

 

For more information please contact us at routes@aston.ac.uk

 

To book a visit from our STAR Ambassadors please register below providing the following information:

  • Date of event (if flexible please give a range of dates or a day of the week which is most suitable)
  • Time of event (if flexible again please give a time which is most suitable)
  • Year group of audience (this can be multiple, either all pupils together or separate talks)
  • Approximate size of audience
  • Focus of presentation (inspiring pupils in general, careers, GCSE options, A level options, university options, etc)

European Day of Languages poster competition 2013

Date: 
Sunday, 1 September, 2013 - 00:00 to Friday, 4 October, 2013 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
Your school

Calling all linguists and budding artists!

 

Help celebrate the European Day of Languages on 26th 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 language learners reducing whilst international commerce and travel increase, our aim is spread the message of the importance of learning languages, promoting intercultural awaresness and encourage uptake, particularly at GCSE and beyond. By taking part in our competition, your pupils can help us out and learn a thing or two themselves!

 

Following on from our "Why Study Languages?" theme last year, pupils are invited to produce a poster on the theme of “Countries”. Pupils will need to choose a country where the language they choose is spoken, research it and design a poster to tell us about it. The twist? Pupils MUST choose a country outside of the "mother country" of the language (so if they choose French, they must choose a country other than France, if they choose Spanish it must be a country other than Spain and so on).

 

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 and one runner up in each year group. Each entry MUST be clearly marked on the back with the pupil’s name, age, class, 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 are £20 vouchers for the winners and £10 vouchers for the runners up, plus a framed 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 school by a member of Routes into Languages staff who will also deliver a “Why Study Languages?” presentation to your pupils.

 

We hope that you will enter this competition as part of your in-school European Day of Languages celebrations and so the deadline for submission of entries will be Monday 7th October.

 

Please send your entries to: EDL Competition, Routes into Languages West Midlands, MB741, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET. If you have any queries please email us at routes@aston.ac.uk or call 0121 204 3872.

 

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

Language Ambassador visits your school

This event is fully booked
Date: 
Monday, 2 November, 2015 - 00:00 to Friday, 4 March, 2016 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Seminar/Lecture
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
Your school

Do you need help motivating your pupils and encouraging them to continue studying languages at GCSE, A level and beyond?  If so, then our Routes into Languages Ambassadors are on hand to help out.

Routes into Languages West Midlands has a team of enthusiastic ambassadors keen to use their passion for languages and encourage others to see the benefits of learning languages.  Our team includes current languages undergraduates as well as Erasmus students from France, Germany and Spain currently on study exchange placements at these Universities as part of their English Language studies.  They are on hand to give 'Why study languages' presentations as well as share their own experiences of studying languages in higher education.  Our students are also able to develop language taster and cultural sessions to inspire and enthuse your pupils.

Our ambassadors can adapt sessions to suit your requirements both in terms of content and duration and are happy to work with pupils of all ages. 

For more information please contact us at routes@aston.ac.uk

Booking information: 

To book a visit from our ambassadors please register below providing the following information:

  • Date of event (if flexible please give a range of dates or a day of the week which is most suitable)
  • Time of event (if flexible again please give a time which is most suitable)
  • Year group of audience (this can be multiple, either all pupils together or separate talks)
  • Approximate size of audience
  • Focus of presentation (inspiring pupils in general, careers, GCSE options, A level options, university options, etc)

Mother Tongue Other Tongue Poetry Competition

Date: 
Saturday, 26 September, 2015 - 00:00 to Friday, 8 January, 2016 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Competition
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
West Midlands Schools

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, in cooperation with Writing West Midlands.

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.

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 or German.

Winning students from the West Midlands will be invited to the Regional Celebration Event in February 2016 and the National Celebration Event at Manchester Metropolitan University in June 2016.

How to enter

The competition opens from Saturday 26th September (European Day of Languages) and the deadline for entries is Tuesday 1st December 2015.

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

 

Breakthrough A2 event (Year 12 Cultural Awareness Day)

Date: 
Thursday, 30 June, 2016 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
University of Warwick

Breakthrough A2 event (Year 12 Cultural Awareness Day)  – Thursday 30th June 2016

The purpose of the day is to provide your Year 12 students of French, German and Spanish with an insight into the wider aspects of studying a language in preparation for their A2 study of a cultural topic

Each session will consist of a short lecture followed by some language based analysis of a text, historical period, film or song before the students are given the opportunity to produce their own responses to the things that they have seen and heard. They will also have the chance to work with, and ask questions to, current language undergraduates at the University.

Teachers can book on to the event by sending an email to Annunziata Videtta a.videtta.1@warwick.ac.uk specifying how many teacher/student places they would like and for which language stream (French, German or Spanish).

For Year 12 students who would like to attend unaccompanied, there will be a minibus shuttle service leaving Coventry Rail Station at 9.30am and returning at 3pm.

Teachers who don't have access to a school minibus can also take advantage of the minibus service. There will be a student ambassador at the station ready to welcome students and teachers and take them to the minibus.

Student feedback from previous Cultural Awareness Days

The day was very useful as it helped me to decide that I want to study at university.

The day was really enjoyable and I got a good insight into studying languages at university.

I enjoyed meeting and working with people from other schools and it was great working with the student ambassadors

The whole event was very eye opening – I would definitely recommend it

It was fun and it’s made me more determined to go to university

Booking information: 

These events are designed to motivate and encourage your most able linguists and give them the opportunity to practise and extend their language skills.

We hope to see you at one or more of our events on campus this year. There is no charge for the events; however you will need to make your own way to and from campus.

If you have any questions or would like to book places on any of these events then please email Katherine.astbury@warwick.ac.uk

Year 9 Apprentice Day

Date: 
Wednesday, 24 February, 2016 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
University of Warwick

Following the success of last year’s event, we would like to invite Year 9 students of French, German and Spanish to attend a day where they will be given the opportunity to use their language skills in a business context. They will be working with current students at the university as well as teachers in the academic departments to develop their linguistic ability and discover how their skills might be of value to them in later life. 

Student feedback from previous Apprentice Days

I learnt about the importance of languages in a career and that you are more likely to get a better job if you learn a language

I enjoyed the day as we worked with people outside of our school and it has made me want to learn more languages fluently

“…a fantastic opportunity for students to challenge themselves not only linguistically but also on a personal level.” (Teacher feedback)

 

Booking information: 

These events are designed to motivate and encourage your most able linguists and give them the opportunity to practise and extend their language skills.

We hope to see you at one or more of our events on campus this year. There is no charge for the events; however you will need to make your own way to and from campus.

If you have any questions or would like to book places on any of these events then please email Katherine.astbury@warwick.ac.uk

 

Year 12 Language Day

Date: 
Friday, 29 January, 2016 - 00:00
Event Type: 
Workshop
Region: 
West Midlands
Location: 
University of Warwick

Bring your students to campus for the day to experience different aspects of language learning. During the day they will hear about the opportunities that learning languages can bring, take part in taster sessions of a new language, use the language that they are currently learning at school in a new context, explore the campus and find out about life at university and hear from student ambassadors about why they have chosen to study languages at a higher level.

Student feedback from previous language taster days

I like languages more than I did when I came in!

I loved the tour and looking at how university life is

I have decided that I want to study French and Law at university

 

Booking information: 

These events are designed to motivate and encourage your most able linguists and give them the opportunity to practise and extend their language skills.

We hope to see you at one or more of our events on campus this year. There is no charge for the events; however you will need to make your own way to and from campus.

If you have any questions or would like to book places on any of these events then please email Katherine.astbury@warwick.ac.uk

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