On the 8th November a number of our year 11 students made the short trip over to Truro College to participate in a languages workshop run by Exeter University.
Students started the day in a lecture theatre where they listened to a talk from a university lecturer. Dr Leveridge is a well-known speaker and advocator of the study of languages; she gave an inspiring and informative talk about our country’s growing need for linguists and how useful the knowledge of a language is for finding a job.
Our students spent the rest of the day working in teams and playing the part of a team of employees working to convince an international company to build a theme park in Cornwall. Employees needed to demonstrate and develop skills in many of the areas that linguists may find themselves using in the workplace. They completed a series of workshops in which they researched French or Spanish theme parks with the use of their websites exclusively in the target language; they translated a document from French or Spanish into English and another from English into French or Spanish; they worked as interpreters for other members of the team and taught a short lesson to other students. Jordan Murch said “This was one of the best activity days I ever been on! I’ve really got a taste for what it would be like to use French for my job. I will definitely be studying French at University, the talk was really inspiring.”
Here are some interesting facts from the talk:
Only around 5% or the world’s population speak English as a first language.
73% of the world’s population don’t speak any English at all.
In 2010 11% of British businesses lost at least one contract because of a lack of language skill in the company. Many of these contracts were worth over £1 million.
Miss K. Fewster - Languages Teacher