Languages Unlocked

McCullough, J. (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Description

This event brought together four language areas (French, Irish, Portuguese and Spanish) with the aim of encouraging Year 13 pupils to “rethink languages”. Challenging the idea that the benefits of language learning are limited solely to communication skills in the target language, these diverse sessions – covering topics from Parisian interiors, to Internet memes, to investigative linguistics – highlighted the vast array of doors that language learning can open, particularly in areas that are not often associated with school-level language study.

The event consisted of an opening plenary, giving an overview of the need for language learners in the current climate and offering personal testimonials on the variety of skills and personal attributes developed through the study of other languages and cultures, continued with two sets of parallel, language-specific sessions and closed with a final plenary session, allowing pupils to draw together key ideas and concepts from the sessions they had attended.
Period10 Feb 2021
Event typeOther
Degree of RecognitionNational