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Coventry pupils brush up on their language skills at the University of Warwick

Over 120 pupils from 13 schools across Coventry and Warwickshire will descend upon the University of Warwick for the Year 9 Modern Foreign Languages Conference on Wednesday, 11th November.

The event, which is collectively funded by Aimhigher and the University of Warwick, aims to encourage students to continue their studies in foreign languages beyond Key Stage 4.

Pupils from schools including Manor Park, Stoke Park, Foxford and Myton, will be treated to a host of fun-packed sessions led by PGCE students from the University of Warwick’s Institute of Education. The students, who are training to become secondary school language teachers, will lead interactive workshops in French, German and Spanish, all based around the theme of Celebrity and Celebrities. There is even a Japanese taster session on offer for those wishing to try something a little different in association with Tile Hill Wood School and Language College.

After lunch, the pupils will be separated into small groups and taken on a Linguistic Tour of Campus by Warwick Student Ambassadors with the aim of collecting as many examples of ‘hello’ in different languages from people they meet.

There is even an iPod Nano up for grabs at the end of the day in a special prize draw where PGCE students can enter pupils who have participated particularly well during the workshops.

Dr Marilyn Hunt, Secondary PGCE Modern Foreign Languages Subject Co-ordinator, said:

“This is the sixth year the Institute of Education has hosted this event. The main aim of the conference is to give languages a high profile amongst young people and to provide an exciting and fulfilling day for these pupils, who have been chosen by their school because they show distinct strengths in Modern Foreign Languages but may not be opting to continue with a language. 

“There are around five places for each school. It is hoped that after this experience the pupils will want to continue with languages in Key Stage 4 and beyond.” 

Notes to editors        

  • A full list of schools taking part includes the following: St Thomas More Catholic School & Technology College; Hartshill School; Manor Park School; Tile Hill Wood School and Language College; Bilton School; Stoke Park School; Foxford School; Myton School; Cardinal Wiseman; Grace Academy; Cardinal Newman; Lyng Hall; North Leamington  

For more information contact: 

Natalie Field, Assistant Press Officer

Communications Office, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 8UW

Email: natalie.field@warwick.ac.uk 

Tel: +44 (0)24 7657 5601  Mobile/Cell: +44 (0)7824 541 142