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Monday, 25 November 2013
Keen Year 11 Languages’ students from local schools joined Bolton School pupils for a Saturday morning of Modern Foreign Languages.
Over 70 students from Bolton School, Little Lever, Thornleigh Salesian, Sharples, Ladybridge, Smithills and Canon Slade High Schools began the morning with a delicious French breakfast served in the new Riley Sixth Form Centre, along with a languages’ quiz.
The keynote speaker was Dr Ian Magedera from the University of Liverpool who gave an inspiring talk about the advantages of going to university, the different language courses that are available at degree level and the career options after graduating.
The language lessons themselves were supplemented by various support materials. French classes involved studying a short French film, whilst Spanish students wrote subtitles for the trailer of the new Hunger Games film, German students studied East German rock music and the Russian class looked into on-line dating and slang! Arabic students looked at introductions, jobs and a quiz and the Italian class concentrated on introductions and Italian gestures.
Old Girl, Beth Gliddon, now a 2nd year undergraduate at Liverpool, returned to talk about studying a Languages’ degree and her ambitions.
The final speaker was another Old Girl, Rachel Hayes, who talked about her languages’ journey to become an interpreter at the European Commission in Brussels. She outlined the pros and cons of this job and explained how it differed from translating.
All the speakers spoke about the benefits of spending time abroad and keeping in touch with their exchange partners!
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