On Tuesday 9th January 2024, Year 8 and 9 students from Laurus Cheadle Hulme (LCH) took a trip to the University of Manchester (UoM) for a Viva Languages Day.
This trip to UoM was planned with the intention of giving students the opportunity to develop their cultural and linguistic skills outside the classroom.
It was also a chance for the group to meet and converse with students from the university and other local schools.
The 14 students spent the day in the School of Arts, Languages and Culture.
Kicking things off, students had an introductory ‘Why Study Languages?’ talk.
The talk highlighted the benefits of studying languages, such as unique career opportunities and improved cultural awareness.
It also showcased the variety of languages and courses offered at the university, and what it is like to study languages at a higher level.
Next, they took part in a role play activity with Language Student Ambassadors. They were tasked with coming up with their own ideas for a short scene in the language they are studying which was filmed to watch later in the day.
After lunch, students were able to experience a taster session in Italian.
They learned lots of new words and enjoyed exploring the language!
The day culminated in a showcase of everyone’s role play films.
Watching their own scenes, alongside those from other schools, students had fun reflecting on what they had learned.
The Viva Languages Day at UoM was a fantastic chance for students to apply their language learning in a new environment and also try out a new language.
Like all Laurus Trust secondary schools, all students at Laurus Cheadle Hulme study a Language from Year 7 and take their final GCSE examinations in that Language at the end of Year 9.
Find out more about Languages at LCH.