A huge thank-you to everyone who attended the Modern Languages Summer School which we piloted this year. We welcomed the 50 participants (chosen from 200 applications) on Sunday, all silent and terrified, and were delighted to see the transformation into a group buzzing with energy and enthusiasm by Wednesday, when we had the honour to judge their group poster competition and award their certificates. The posters – all around the theme of Crossing borders – dealt with topics from migration and refugees to translation and language purism, as well as the Berlin wall, Spanish fashion houses, the status of women in Francophonie and Islamophobia. The quality of the students’ work was very, very impressive, but the excellent input from the academics also shone through, clearly making the students think in new ways, and opening their eyes to what study at university is all about. The winning poster was on migration between Spain and the UK, but choosing a winner was impossible as they were all excellent.
Thank you also goes to all our staff involved in planning – especially Rachel Palfreyman, Polly McMichael, and Tara Webster-Deakin – and to the following who taught at one or more sessions:
Taster Language Tutors: Monika Poray-Zbrozek Savage; Noemi Cedillo, Zhuo Earl; Academic sessions: Alex Mevel, Lucy Da Rocha, Heike Bartel, Sandra Reisenleuter, Neil Hughes, Eduardo Guevara, Postgraduate Support tutors: Martina Williams, Ewa Szypula, Emma Cracknell, Katie Harrison, Sam Wilkinson, Emma Humphries; Year Abroad session: Cecile Lancashire; Admissions session: Polly McMichael; and Undergraduate student Ambassadors: Amran Bhandal, Laura Bonsaver, Harriet Briggs, Carina Farrell, Tamara Hallam, Stephanie Harris, Jessica Kimber, Alice Lockhart, Mohammed Idnaan Naseer, Thomas Outhwaite, Kassia Rodgers, Courtney Waters, Michael Whiteman, Harriet Williams
Posted on Thursday 13th July 2017