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School children learn the importance of language Event

Able linguist day
24 June 2011
Avenue campus, University of Southampton

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Event details

Around 150 school pupils from across Southampton and the local region took part in a special event at the University of Southampton on Wednesday 22 June to encourage young people to study languages.

The ‘Able Linguist Day’ involved a Fairtrade-themed project activity in French‚ German or Spanish in the morning‚ led by trainee language teachers from the University. In the afternoon, the year 8 pupils experienced a new language, such as Japanese or Norwegian, led by Modern Languages staff and learned how languages can be used in the workplace.

The Sheriff of Southampton‚ Cllr Derek Burke‚ visited the event to see an exhibition of the pupils’ Fairtrade work and to find out more about the University’s language outreach work.

Zena Hilton, Languages South East Regional Manager at University of Southampton, says: “This is the fourth year of our Able Linguist event and is the biggest outreach event we do. This year the theme of the day is Fairtrade, so students will be learning about Fairtrade in general terms and will also be learning about different countries around the world which benefit from Fairtrade, especially those relating to French, German and Spanish-speaking countries.”

The event, which took place at the University’s Avenue Campus, is supported by the national Routes into Languages initiative, which encourages young people to continue studying languages.

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