European Languages Day
Friday 26 September was European Languages Day and in the spirit of the event OSFC are promoting language learning and the LIFT project by working with a primary school that’s offering French to year 6 pupils. On the day, 30 pupils came in to College from Newhey Primary School to take part in two sessions taught by French tutor Sarah Shaw and former OSFC student Katy Haigh (who is going to Oxford later this year) and 6 other current OSFC A Level linguists. The day also included a session in the Language Lab and a tour of the College with a twist! To mark European Languages Day we’re also hoping to launch an Italian Beginners’ course as an Enrichment option for our own students – also taught by a former OSFC student. The department has plenty to celebrate this year as over 80% of our A Level French and Spanish students achieved an A or B.Sarah Shaw, French tutor and LIFT (Languages: Inspiring Futures Together) Project Manager at OSFC said:
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“Igniting curiosity about the world around us from an early age is vital, and languages play a key role in this. Through learning a language you can discover more about a country¹s culture, its people and its customs, as well as developing a skill that is highly valued and sought after. The primary aged pupils that we have worked with have always thrown themselves into the language activities in an enthusiastic, open minded and inquisitive way, making them perfect language learners”.