Languages at UCLan

Year 7 students from Albany Academy attended a ‘Languages Masterclass’ at the University of Central Lancashire. Students were able to learn about languages as diverse as Chinese, Korean, Arabic and Turkish.

The aim of the day was to allow our students an insight into the benefits of learning another language: the cultural, academic and commercial opportunities that open up with a second or third language. The immersion into world languages will support the school’s excellent language teaching which in Year 7 focusses on French and Spanish.

The day was held at UCLan and overseen by the group ‘Routes into Languages’ which is also hosting the Spanish Spelling Bee that many of the Albany Year 7 students are currently preparing for. The University offered various sessions and they covered topics such as: greetings and introductions, ordering food in a café, numbers, writing your name in Arabic or Chinese, and during the Chinese session there was also a cultural focus on China, with students being offered the chance to try their hand at Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting. The sessions themselves were delivered by experienced language tutors from the university, who were all native speakers of the languages they taught.

Miss Newton, languages teacher at Albany Academy said, “The students enjoyed the day and come away with a positive view of languages and of a realistic view of how languages can benefit them, as well as an opportunity to experience a Higher Education environment. I am hoping that many of these talented linguists choose to continue with languages at Albany for GCSE, and perhaps beyond that!”