Students bring languages to life

A large group Modern Languages students from our University recently shared their knowledge and enthusiasm for languages in two Leicester Primary Schools.

Run by the Career Development Service in collaboration with the Modern Languages Department as part of the Leicester Award Programme, the first year students paired up to plan and deliver a language workshop in either French, Spanish or Italian to a class of 30 children. Nearly 700 primary school pupils from local schools- Wolsey House Primary and Medway Community Primary - benefitted from the language workshops which took place in November.

The Leicester Award programme is designed to help students to develop skills, confidence and self-awareness – helping them to make the most of their time at university while building an effective CV. Sessions were delivered as part of the students’ Core Skills course module to help them prepare for their teaching activity. Peer support was provided by final year Modern Languages students, recently returned from a year abroad, who shared their experience and tips for teaching languages.

Sian Elton, Deputy Head from Medway Community Primary School commented: “the students were excellent and the pupils all enjoyed the activities”.

Annette Samuel, Project Officer from the Career Development Service who supervised the students at the schools said: The school pupils loved the lessons and it was a rewarding experience for everyone involved.  One class even asked the University students to sign their workbooks at the end of the lesson, which showed just how much they enjoyed their time with them”.

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