School pupils celebrate the love of languages at Leeds Beckett
The annual event is organised by Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds and will see around 70 pupils gather at Leeds Beckett’s Rose Bowl building to find out more about the opportunities available to them through continuing to learn a language.
Workshops will inform the pupils about studying abroad during degree studies, the university courses available, and using languages in work. Practical workshops on offer include A Level conversation sessions and taster classes in Japanese, Arabic, Greek, Russian, Thai and Portuguese.
Dr Théophile Munyangeyo, Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University and co-organiser of the event, said: “The aim of initiatives like the Leeds Loves Languages Festival is to create a sustained desire for learning, and to broaden and enrich the opportunities for language learning among young people in the UK.”
“One of the effects that globalisation is having on almost every aspect of daily lives is the realisation that the benefits of language skills are becoming increasingly self-evidenced. In the current competitive labour market, multilingual literacy has become the hallmark of economic integration, a tool that helps in strengthening cross-cultural communication.”