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Morning of Modern Foreign Languages for Year 11s

Saturday, 08 November 2014

The School was delighted to welcome over a hundred talented linguists from both Divisions and from fourteen other schools in the region for a morning of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL). Thirty-six external pupils and sixty Bolton School students with an enthusiasm for learning languages attended the event.

The day got off to good start with a French breakfast and language quiz in the Riley Centre café which provided an opportunity to mingle and swap linguistic experiences. The opening talk by Dr Roel Vismans from Sheffield University provided an excellent range of information about the possibilities for studying languages as a single honours degree or in combination with other subjects such as economics, science, and engineering. To end the talk, Dr Vismans invited Bryony Mutton, a former Girls’ Division student, to give pupils a student’s insight into studying at Sheffield and the exciting prospects offered by the year abroad.

Students were then able to practise their own linguistic skills in their chosen post-GCSE workshop, as well as having the opportunity to try a new language taster session in Italian, Russian or Arabic.

To bring the event to a close, attendees were very fortunate to be joined by Andrea Cockram, a former student. After leaving Bolton School in 1996, Andrea went on to read Modern Languages (French and Spanish) at New College, Oxford. She has since spent ten years working in London before moving to Paris in 2010. She is now managing director of IMPACT, a marketing and communications agency based in Paris which she set up in 2013. The agency serves the English-language needs of international companies, from corporate websites, annual reports and investor presentations to sales brochures and news apps for customers and employees. Andrea is also a guest lecturer at CELSA Paris-Sorbonne, the grande école specialising in advertising and communications.

Andrea was able to illustrate the value of languages both in the world of work and as a skill which makes us better communicators, more culturally aware and offers endless interesting and enjoyable opportunities.

The School is grateful to the members of staff from both Divisions who ran the language sessions; to the Routes into Languages team at MMU who provided the gift bags for the students; and to the Sixth Form students who assisted with the running of the event.


Feedback from attendees:

On behalf of the four pupils who attended on Saturday, a big thank you for the opportunity to attend the event. They all got a lot out of it and were pleased they had made the effort to attend. They particularly enjoyed the university talk and the Russian taster session. Thank you for organising it.
-- Mrs Dempsey, St Gabriel's Roman Catholic High School Bury

A very informative, well organised and structured day. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. Enjoyable atmosphere. I learnt a lot about the practical use of languages.
-- Student, Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy

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Pupils took part in a range of MFL workshops and challenges

Pupils took part in a range of MFL workshops and challenges

Old Girl Andrea Cockram gave an insightful address

Old Girl Andrea Cockram gave an insightful address

A number of students took the opportunity to speak to Andrea after her keynote speech

A number of students took the opportunity to speak to Andrea after her keynote speech