Issue date: 04 April 2002

More than 500 local and regional school pupils aged 16-18 will visit UWE for a ‘Languages Open Day’ on 10 April 2002.

The day will give pupils the opportunity to hear lectures on a range of topics relevant to the current A-level syllabi and to gain an insight into degree-level language learning and teaching. Lectures in French, German, Spanish and Linguistics will be given by the University’s teaching staff and representatives from the Spanish and German Embassy. Students will also be able to visit the Languages Centre with its collection of foreign language video and audio cassettes, CD-Roms and televisions showing European channels.

The teachers will be able to learn more about the Faculty’s postgraduate programmes by distance learning, use the facilities in the Language Centre and even learn how to create their own web page.

Speaking about the event Felix Bihlmeier, Dean of the Faculty of Languages and European Studies said, “Recent Government announcements on language learning in primary schools show just how central languages are to education. We hope the pupils visiting us for the day will take away a flavour of what language learning at university level is all about and be encouraged to pursue their studies in this important area.”

Lectures will include ‘Women and equal opportunities in France’, ‘Language learning – if babies do it so easily, what’s the big deal?’ and ‘Gibraltar – British or Spanish?’

This is the seventh annual Languages Day organised by the Faculty of Languages and European Studies at UWE and the Faculty, which has been recognised as ‘excellent’,* is keen to show students the benefits of studying languages at University.


Editor’s notes

* French, German, Spanish and Linguistics gained 21 points out of a possible 24 in the last Teaching Quality Assessment (TQA) carried out by HEFCE.

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