Viva Languages!

Year 9 students from French and Italian classes recently attended the University of Manchester’s School of Arts, Languages and Cultures to take part in the annual Viva Languages event with Mr Morrison and Mr Musampa.

The day focused on trying to help students to see the benefits of studying a language, with an introductory talk from staff at the university about how language skills can be so useful in future career choices. We were also lucky to hear from student ambassadors, who were currently studying languages at university.

We met students studying a range of languages, including French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic. They told us about their experiences of their course and also their mandatory year abroad!

We divided into smaller groups and practiced our language skills with the university students, making short role-plays in French and Italian – the French Zombie Apocalypse and Italia’s Got Talent were certainly entertaining!

After lunch, we finished the day with a Portuguese lesson from one of the university tutors, which students found slightly easier to pick up given that some words and phrases were recognisable from their studies in French or Italian.

Languages play an important role here at Burnage Academy and we are glad to keep working with the University of Manchester to offer new opportunities to our students. Read more about the faculty here.