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09 November 2007
Secondary school children from across South Wales are taking part in an innovative scheme run by the University to help them brush up on their European language skills.
Organised by the University’s Widening Access team and held at the School of European Studies this week (5-9 November), the Language Experience Days allow GCSE students to further their skills thorough a series of interactive events and games.
Students are encouraged to communicate in the language they are studying by taking part in a range of activities and role plays such as devising a weather report, introducing themselves at a hotel and buying groceries.
Throughout the activities, each group of pupils is supported by a Student Ambassador who is drawn from the University’s student body. The Student Ambassador is either a native speaker or an English student learning the same language as the pupils. Their role is to encourage and inspire the students to confidently communicate in their chosen foreign language during the tasks.
Widening Access Manager, Annie Mitchell said: "This is the fourth year we've run the Language Days and they go from strength to strength. Enthusiastic pupils described the activities as 'wicked'. You can't do better than that!"
The Language Experience Days are part of a wider project called Languagezone which is funded by First-Campus. Now in its fourth year, Languagezone provides a web based newsletter for 15-19 year olds, written by Cardiff University students in a range of European languages featuring articles about celebrities, soaps and sport.
The Languagezone project and Experience Days are designed to support school and college students studying foreign languages for GCSEs, AS and A Levels.
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