UWE LANGUAGES DAY

Issue date: 19 April 2004


ISSUE DATE: 19/04/04

More than 300 local and regional sixth-form students will visit UWE for a ‘Languages Open Day’ on 22 April 2004.

The 'A' level language students will hear lectures on a range of topics relevant to their A level language studies – in French, German and Spanish. The lectures will cover comtemporary topics ranging from: ‘La Musique des Jeunes en France’ (Music and youth culture in France); Immigración en Espaòa (Immigration in Spain); to Die Deutsche Bildung und Ausbildung im Wandel (German Education and Training: A process of change). The lectures will be given by the University’s teaching staff and representatives from the Spanish and German Embassies. There will also be a lecture on Linguistics given by the Director of the Speech Therapy Unit at Frenchay Hospital.

Students will also be able to visit the Language Centre with its collection of foreign language video and audio cassettes, CD-Roms and televisions showing European channels. The day will also give pupils a flavour of what it is like to learn a language at degree level.

UWE lecturer in French and European Studies, Nick Startin, who organised the Languages Day, said, “Learning a language can open up a whole range of opportunities. The ability to speak a language fluently is a very valuable and marketable skill. The aim of the language day is to encourage more young people to consider studying languages at degree level and to show them the benefits this can bring. It is an ideal opportunity for students to explore their chosen language at a higher level, to see the facilities and opportunities on offer and to get an idea of what learning a language at university might be like."

This is the eighth annual Languages Day organised by the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences at UWE. The Faculty won an ‘excellent’ rating in the Teaching Quality Assessment (TQA) carried out by HEFCE and is keen to show students the benefits of studying languages at University.

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