Languages Trip to Magdalen College

On Tuesday 28th June, a group of 10 students took part in a Languages workshop at Magdalen College organised by the University of Cambridge, designed to encourage an interest in foreign languages and an interest in studying languages in the future at university.

The Year 10 high flyers met with staff from the university and engaged in an interactive question and answer session on the importance of studying and speaking foreign languages.  The university is keen to promote transition and progression from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4; from Key Stage 4 to Sixth Form and from Sixth Form into studying languages at university level. The Green Ties enjoyed several taster sessions in a number of languages including; Arabic, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese. These sessions gave the pupils the opportunity to have a glimpse at languages they had not previously learnt and to consider how it would feel to study them.

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The students have responded positively following the experience and have gained understanding of the language options available at university, including; studying languages combined with another subject. They found the introduction into languages with characters other than the English alphabet extremely fascinating. The day spent at the college, together with the input from the university staff has certainly motivated our students into raising their aspirations.

At Icknield we recognise the value of foreign languages and we want to encourage our students to be able to use more than one language. Learning other languages and valuing other cultures, promotes tolerance and understanding at home and abroad. Also, as it becomes increasingly important for firms to compete on a global scale, employers are placing more and more value on those who can offer an additional language.