On Wednesday 1st March, a group of fifteen Year 10 students took part in a language workshop at Magdalene College organised by ‘Routes into Languages’ at the University of Cambridge. The event aims to encourage an interest in foreign languages and an interest in studying languages in the future at Sixth Form and University.
The eager Red Tie students spent the day listening to inspiring accounts of current students and other language ambassadors who stressed the importance of adopting another language. Danush and Dorcas who attended the workshop share their experience of the day.
“When we arrived at Cambridge University we were shown to one of the auditoriums by the student language ambassadors. A number of representatives from the University provided detailed talks about the courses they were studying and discussed their personal experiences. This enabled us to gain perspective about the subject choices available, including studying languages with another subject and to imagine what studying a language could be like after Icknield.
Later on, we took part in an interactive session and met guest speakers from a number of companies including-The European Commission, GCHQ, National Network of Interpretors and UKTI. The speakers were keen to promote transition and progression from Key stage 4 into studying languages at University level. These sessions gave our year group an opportunity to understand the necessity of a foreign language and the job opportunities available.
We were also invited to take part in a broad range of activities such as a Korean Taster session, interpreting and 1-1 discussions in order to broaden our horizon. This awarded us with the opportunity to gain invaluable experience and to raise any queries that we may have had.
After taking part in today’s programme we feel that languages are undoubtedly proven to be beneficial to each and every pupil’s education and are key to a successful future.”