Information for Secondary Schools
The School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies works hard to nurture and expand the teaching and learning of modern foreign languages, film and media studies, and American and Canadian history and literature in schools in the local area.
We offer a range of outreach activities including taster days to give pupils an idea of what it is like to study a subject at university; special events held in schools themselves to give a taster of a particular area of study; and film screenings and workshops offering insight into a particular film or type of cinema.
Register your interest using the Schools and Colleges booking form
Events for schools and colleges
To request a bespoke languages taster session for any age group, please complete the booking form and click on 'other' and then add the details of your request.
Further information about our events
The aim of these taster days is to provide school pupils with an insight into studying these subjects at university and to experience being a student for a day.
The day's activities may include attending a first year lecture, a presentation on our year abroad programme, question and answer sessions with current students, a taster subject session and lunch in the Student's Union (Portland building).
These days are primarily aimed at year 12 pupils, however aspirational year 11 students may be able to attend. Please check with us when you book.
The Language Centre in the School of Languages, Cultures and Area Studies is pleased to offer an exciting event for year 9 pupils from local schools: the European Day of Languages.
The event aims to introduce pupils to a range of languages more diverse than they may have experience of at school, to increase intercultural awareness and to experience the language learning facilities available at university with a view to raising awareness and increasing the uptake of languages in schools.
A pair of languages students deliver an aspiration-raising session about why they have chosen to study languages, including stories and photos from their year abroad and a mini taster session in Mandarin/Portuguese/Russian (as appropriate and based on what the students can offer). This is aimed at pupils in year 9 (or in year 8 in some cases) who are making decisions regarding their options and might need a little encouragement to select a modern language as one of these. These sessions last 45 minutes and work best when delivered to a class of 30. Please be aware that availability of students is a factor in setting dates and times for these sessions.
Just wanted to say a big thank you for helping to organise the Why Study languages event this week. Based on pupils' feedback and their positive engagement on Tuesday, the event was a great success. I am feeling positive that the event hopefully will have a great impact on pupils when deciding their options this week and help boost the currently low numbers in languages.
Previous feedback from a teacher
We aim to support the A level languages curriculum and offer an annual translation and grammar workshop in a different language each year. The purpose of these is to extend and enrich the work undertaken in school with input from our academic staff and expertise from our Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies. Using authentic materials and providing stimuli to compliment the A level themes of society, political, social and artistic culture, pupils will have an intensive but rewarding day which should reinforce their command of grammar and help to develop their translation skills.
- It got me to think further about translation in a more challenging way than A level
- I enjoyed the topic and found it interesting. The session was inclusive
- Didn’t really know anything about separable verbs before but now understand a bit more
- It showed how to keep the meaning behind the text
- It showed there were no clear cut answers when translating
Student evaluations of the most recent Translation and Grammar workshop
During the Easter holidays the Language Centre provides intensive study sessions for local pupils in years 11, 12 and 13.
These cover GCSE, AS, A2 and IB in French, German and Spanish. Each session focuses on key areas and skills appropriate to the levels of study with a view to deepening the students' understanding of grammar. They also provide extensive exposure to authentic listening and reading material offering students the opportunity to improve their communication and comprehension skills by working with appropriate resources.
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