Y7 Portuguese Language Taster Sessions
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A small group of Year 7 students took part in Languages XP during February, which is a University of Manchester programme that enables Key Stage 3 students to participate in learning an extra language after school – this year it was Portuguese Language Taster Sessions.
There were three 45 minute sessions run by Miss Middleton, a student from the University of Manchester, commencing at the beginning of February for 3 weeks. The purpose of these sessions were:
- To meet an undergraduate language student and gain an insight into studying at university and where languages can take you.
- To learn a new language and culture.
- To gain motivation for language study.
- To find out about the range of languages that can be picked up from scratch at university.
The students were very enthusiastic and motivated, they participated actively in every session, including doing a role play about basic conversation in Portuguese - learning about the alphabet and how many countries Portuguese is spoken, as well as reading texts in Portuguese to see how similar Romance languages are.
Our Year 7 students are currently studying French, so they could relate similar vocabulary and grammar use between both languages, despite being very different languages at the same time. Also, in the last session, students could see the differences in spoken Portuguese by people in Portugal and Brazil, through conversational videos and written activities.