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Language day at Manchester University April 24th 2014

Language day write up

 

On 24 April 2014, a group of fifteen pupils along with Mrs Woods attended a language day at the University of Manchester.

 After arriving at the university and finally finding the correct point on the campus we were greeted by Mrs Bernarde, in charge of presenting the language and art departments to the surrounding schools and colleges. We were introduced to the happenings of the language day along with two other secondary schools. We covered why it is important to study a language for careers, language statistics and typical language translations. It wasn't long before we were introduced to our student mentors, who all took time out of their busy revision schedules to help us on our language day.  They all study languages and some told us about their third year spent abroad and their ambitions for the future. One spent their time as a teaching assistant whereas another spent part of their time working in Disneyland Paris. In the future they had different career paths planned - differing from foreign journalism to becoming a classical opera singer and hoping to attend music school.  We broadened what we thought about languages as a whole!

Language day write up 

Once the introduction had finished the Moorside group were taken to one of the computer rooms where we used our language that we have taken for a GCSE option. Either in partners or individually we selected a silent video and added the thoughts of the characters in subtitles. We used different resources like French and Spanish phrase sheets that were handed out, the student mentors and our own foreign vocabulary to create exciting and funny, short videos.  It was an interesting activity as we used phrases that we have not used since the beginning of the year.  I remember often repeating to my partner, “Miss Forman would be proud," (Unfortunately I've still not got used to calling her Mrs Gannon!) 

Afterwards we all sat down in a group to enjoy our dinners in the cafeteria.

The afternoon was more of a taster day compared to the earlier activity. We were split into two separate groups to be given a tour of the language facilities on campus. We were shown the libraries with endless supplies of language books and films, computer facilities, areas where different language students could meet up to practice speaking.... Anything that university students need to study a language.

Language day write up

After our tour the two groups were designated a new language.  One group learnt Hebrew whereas the other group and I learnt Arabic.  We completed a quiz about Arabic and learnt how to say simple phrases such as my name is (pronounced ahlahn ana....)

We learnt he is and she is (ho-a  wa haya...) and  words such sad, happy, thin, fat, tall and skinny.  It was funny to hear our pronunciation compared to the teacher's pronunciation but Moorside did really well - leaving us time to see what our names looked like written in Arabic.

Unfortunately we were coming to the end of the language day so each group congregated back in the lecture room to complete an evaluation on and were given pens to complete it with, (we were allowed to keep them, 'yay'.)

Finally after thanking the people at the university we made our way back to the minibus to be brought back to Moorside.

We all thought it was a fantastic day out which provided a great insight into foreign languages and what it would be like to study them at university.  I can safely say that each pupil that went, enjoyed it and would happily go again if provided with the chance to do so. Thank you to the teachers for organising for us to attend such an interesting and pleasurable trip to the University of Manchester.

Rebecca