Leeds loves languages
The Leeds Loves Languages Festival, a joint venture with the University of Leeds, will run on Friday 1 February at the Rose Bowl. The free event, in its third year, is for students in year twelve and forms part of the nationwide Speak to the Future campaign, promoting the learning of foreign languages in the UK from primary school to university level.
The pupils will have the opportunity to engage with speakers of other languages as well as students and tutors from both universities, developing their spoken language skills in French, Spanish or German and learning about careers for modern language graduates and experiences of studying and working abroad. There will also be taster sessions on offer in languages such as Chinese, Arabic, Italian, Japanese and Russian.
On Wednesday 13 February, year nine pupils from our University's partner schools within the 'Routes into Languages' programme which promotes languages in secondary schools, will spend the afternoon at the University's Headingley Campus learning about Chinese New Year and Chinese culture.
Pupils will attend taster sessions in Mandarin language, calligraphy and paper cutting whilst trying Chinese snacks, learning why languages are important and meeting current Leeds Met language students.
Graham Webb, Principal Lecturer in the School of Languages at Leeds Met, commented: "Leeds Loves Languages is an annual event and we will welcome around 60 pupils from local schools. Its aim is to show the benefits and excitement in learning languages and exploring foreign cultures. As well as practicing the languages they are already learning, students can try a brand new language plus learn about the experiences of current university students and hear from employers about the value of languages. Leeds Met also celebrates the Chinese New Year by involving local students in activities and taster courses in this fascinating language and culture."
Those taking part in the Leeds Loves Languages Festival can tweet about the event using the hashtag #leedsloveslanguages.