Manolo Lagares delivered a webinar through Channel Talent to six schools on “How our language and our culture influence the way we perceive reality: the case of English and Spanish (an introduction to Pragmatics)”
"Cultural Carousel" sessions
Local primary school classes came to visit the university for half a day at the end of their language learning journey. The pupils took part in a “cultural carousel” (thanks to language centre tutor Dian Fera Pratiwi and students Philippa Mellar, Alice Lockhart, Bradley Ewles, Nicola Evans and Imogen Mansley for designing and delivering the carousel sessions). They had a language-based campus tour in the language they have been learning and then presented their language knowledge in spoken and written form to an audience (thanks to Manuel Lagares and Katie Harrison for coming along as part of the audience to support the pupils).
GCSE revisions sessions
On Monday and Tuesday we also hosted GCSE revision sessions in French, Spanish and German which were well attended by pupils from three local schools. Thanks to Kathy Humphries, Dorothee Bechtloff and Ana Morante for delivering these and Marilena Minoia for her support. The feedback has been very positive from the schools about the additional boost these sessions have given to students ahead of their GCSEs.
Student and work experience
We have also hosted two sixth formers keen to pursue language study at university this week. Thanks to those of you who welcomed them into their lectures this week and to Patrick Warnock (Charlie) and Paul Smith for spending some time with both during their week, which was a mix of student AND work experience. One told me that she had not been considering applying to Nottingham for French studies as she is local, but her time here doing admin, going to lectures, helping with the primary events (see above) and interacting with staff and students, has changed her mind and she is now seriously considering it.
Posted on Tuesday 9th April 2019