Language matters

germanWe recently invited more than 45 Year 7 and Year 8 students from Barnsley and Rotherham schools to come to the University for an exciting day of German language activities for beginners.

Staff and students helped the pupils create short plays about days out in Germany, and make key-fact posters about Germany and Austria. There was also time for the pupils to ask current students about the opportunities and challenges of learning languages. The day was rounded off with a quiz on food, football, geography and traditions.

Dr Caroline Bland, Senior Lecturer in Germanic Studies, said ‘We’ve had a fantastic day. I hope we can continue this cooperation with other schools because we want to support language learning throughout the region’.

The University’s School of Languages and Cultures organises regular events for local schools. Schemes include ‘Routes into Languages’ and ‘Passport to Languages’. Both schemes aim to ignite a passion for learning languages and to increase the continued study of languages into further and higher education.

  • ‘Passport to Languages’ works with Year 8 pupils from widening participation backgrounds through fun activities focussing on unusual languages such as Mandarin and Russian.

  • ‘Routes into Languages’ is a national programme funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level students develop their cultural awareness and practice their skills through online learning schemes.

The School of Languages and Culture is a major centre for modern language study with an outstanding reputation for teaching and research. Many graduates stay on in the region to teach Modern Foreign Languages or increase the European profile of local businesses. Students also go out to volunteer in classrooms across the city.

Additional Information

If you would like to get involved with our Languages initiatives, please contact Andrew Cheung, Outreach Activities Officer andrew.cheung@sheffield.ac.uk

Watch a short film about the Germanic Studies event: http://youtu.be/X2vy57DrMyI