Y9 Viva Languages Event

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Y9 Viva Languages Event

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Last Wednesday, 8 January 2020, eighteen Year 9 students were invited to take part in a popular linguistic event at the University of Manchester called Viva! Languages.

¡Viva languages! is a fun, motivational event to raise awareness of the value of languages.  It is specifically aimed at students who are about to choose their GCSE options.

At the beginning of the day we shared a presentation, with other 3 schools, about the importance of studying languages generally at University level and what different paths are available for students interested in studying, not solely a Language Degree, but also a “combined Degree”.  For example, Spanish and Business is a popular option nowadays at the University of Manchester and also the possibility of studying a language “ab initio”, that is from scratch.  For example, students are opting for taking a course on a specific language they did at A-Level (French, German or Spanish), but they can also opt to take up another language from scratch, for example Italian, Portuguese and even Japanese.

They explained the possibility of spending a whole year abroad, as part of the course and language immersion, for that the Student Ambassadors from the University of Manchester gave an insight testimonial about their own experiences, taking up a new language and even travelling abroad for one year.

Later in the day, students were divided into groups, according to the languages they are studying - German and Spanish.  They enjoyed preparing a role play activity lead by the Students Ambassadors in which they had to present a quick role play in a restaurant and an accident on a plane. The role plays were filmed and watched at the end of the day. It was a very fun, positive and motivational experience, as students went the extra mile in creativity and film production.

The last session of the day allowed students to have a taster session in a new language - Japanese. A presentation was delivered by a Student Ambassador and it was very energetic. We practiced phonetics and basic conversation and we saw the 3 different Japanese alphabets.  We learnt a bit about the culture and also practised Japanese writing.

The event was well organised, motivational and our students really enjoyed the day; above all performing their role plays and then watching them.  The Japanese session was also a real challenge.

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