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Inspiration for Budding Linguists

Saturday, 07 November 2015

On Saturday, 7th November, Bolton School hosted its annual Modern Foreign Languages' Day, a special event designed to inspire budding linguists.

Over one hundred Year 11 pupils from the Girls’ Division, Boys’ Division and local secondary schools attended the enrichment activity. The day began with a French breakfast in the convivial atmosphere of the Riley Sixth Form Centre Café. This was followed by the Keynote Speech, given by Sonja Bernhard from Manchester University. Sonja outlined how important it is for British people to learn foreign languages, considering that only 6% of the world’s population use English as their mother tongue, with 75% being unable to speak or understand the language altogether. She also gave an overview of the nature of MFL courses at university and highlighted the many exciting job opportunities available to those who have completed such degrees. This was followed by a number of workshops in a plethora of different languages, including French, German, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin and Arabic.

The day was concluded by a panel discussion during which four recent MFL graduates, all former pupils of the school, answered questions posed by the plenary, explaining their experiences at university and beyond. All in all, it was once again an extremely interesting and stimulating occasion, and participants clearly enjoyed taking part in the event. 

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Keynote speech

Sonja Bernhard of the University of Manchester delivered the keynote speech of the day focusing on language degree courses

Pupils enjoyed the conviviality of the MFL cafe in the Riley Sixth Form Centre

Pupils enjoyed the conviviality of the MFL cafe in the Riley Sixth Form Centre

Former pupils Daniel Keenan, Riccardo Manfredi, Matthew Proudman and Alex Waudby, all recent MFL graduates, fronted a panel discussion