November 21, 2005

University language day for local youngsters

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More than 150 youngsters from schools across Coventry and Warwickshire visited the University of Warwick for a foreign languages day.

The scheme, sponsored by the Learning and Skills Council, and the government’s Aim Higher programme, brought the pupils together to speak German, French and Spanish, as well as learn about European cultures.

Staff from the university’s Institute of Education and other departments were on hand to encourage the youngsters. They also tested the pupils’ new skills during a language tour of the campus by ambushing them with fluent linguists seeking advice and directions.

Ann Barnes of the University of Warwick said: “Our aim is to encourage youngsters to keep studying languages as they get older. Languages are no longer compulsory at some schools, but they are important skills in today’s global economy, as well as being the best way appreciate other cultures.”

The day included workshops and seminars, with a tour of campus that challenged the youngsters to translate English words and phrases into French, German or Spanish.

Gwynne Pomfrett, Head of MFL Alderman Smith School, said: “It was a great day – generally my students thought it was great or cool – absolutely brilliant – very stimulating for all of them.”

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For further information contact: Victoria Cutler on 024 7657 4049

Richard Fern, Press Officer,
Communications Office, University House
University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 8UW
REF PR83 RWF 17 Nov 2005024 7657 4255 email: r.w.fern@warwick.ac.uk


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