School of Languages, Linguistics
and Cultures Directorate of
External Relations
Outreach projects
Ameeta Chadha
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
LLC working in schools: problems
and solutions
• Current projects
• Work with students
• Work with schools
• Questions
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
Current Projects
• Sharing Words
• Keep Talking
• VI Form Days
• University of Manchester Insight into Languages Programme
(UMILAP)
• Bridging the Gap
• Language Teachers’ Consultative Forum (LATCOF)
• Foreign Languages Awareness Group (FLAGS)
• “Why Study Languages” presentation
• Taster sessions
• Arabica
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
Sharing Words
• Uses native speaking Erasmus students to provide
conversation classes in Manchester schools
• Working with GCSE and A Level classes to enhance
learners’ oral provision, confidence and competence
• Erasmus students gain transferable skills as well as
enhancing their cultural integration during their year
abroad
• School pupils learn about the culture of the country
whose language they are learning
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
Keep Talking
• A three strand programme of support to KS3 pupils
and their teachers
• This programme is designed to motivate KS3 pupils
and encourage language uptake in KS4 and beyond
• Strand A - Current undergraduate language students
provide classroom assistance in local schools
• Strand B – Pupils visit the University to find out more
about studying languages at University
• Strand C – Teachers’ Symposia
• Funded by HEIF(3)
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
VI Form Days: A2 Level
• Curricula-targeted language study workshops for year 13
pupils to support and encourage post-16 and University
level study
• This project aims to motivate and build confidence in the
four essential skills tested in their formal examinations
• Pupils experience University life by being on campus,
using University facilities and being taught by University
staff
• Interaction with current students allows pupils to find out
more about studying languages at University.
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
UMILAP – University of Manchester Insight into
Languages Programme
• Structured campus visits for KS4 pupils (years 10-11) to
raise aspirations and awareness of studying languages
• Pupils are given access to open language-learning
technologies in our Language Centre
• Talks about language provision, careers and life as a
student provide them with a greater knowledge of
studying languages at degree level
• Interaction with current students and the visit to the
campus allows pupils to find out more about University
life.
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
Bridging the Gap: AS Level
• Language enhancement days for year 12 pupils (have
previously run this for year 11 pupils)
• This project addresses the transitions in language study
from AS to A2 level or GCSE to AS level
• Focuses on grammatical knowledge, oral competence
and writing skills
• Teaching materials for the day are closely aligned to
exam-based curricula.
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
Language Teachers’ Consultative Forum
(LATCOF)
• Early evening meetings monthly for regional language
teachers from secondary/VI form and HE (U of M only)
• Meetings focus on thematic issues, e.g. grammar
teaching; motivating take-up of language learning, mutual
understanding of pedagogical approaches and curricular
design
• Notes from meetings are disseminated on the External
Relations website to enable wider access of best practice
and a strategic review of curricula and methodologies.
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
Foreign Languages Awareness Groups
(FLAGS)
• Undergraduate students act as peer mentors to promote
less widely taught languages to schools and colleges in
the north west
• Languages currently part of the FLAGS programme are
Russian, Italian and Portuguese with lessons being
developed in Middle Eastern languages
• Purpose-built webCT materials create a virtual learning
environment to deliver beginner-level sessions to
introduce year 11-13 pupils to a new language and
culture.
• Mentors build up supportive relationships with their
mentees which can extend into their year abroad.
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
“Why Study Languages” talk
• Members of School staff deliver the Subject-centre’s
presentation “Why Study languages?” to schools and
colleges, adapted to reflect University of Manchester
provision
• Usual audiences are: year 9 to encourage KS4 take-up;
years 10 &11 to encourage VI form take-up; years 12-13
to encourage University take-up
• The talk promotes the purpose of learning languages and
examines the social and professional benefits of
possessing language skills
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
Arabica
• Supporting the development of a network of teachers of
Arabic and those with an interest in Arabic through
providing administrative support to the Arabica project
• This includes building up a database of contacts and
maintaining the Arabica website
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
WORK WITH STUDENTS
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
Types of students
• Undergraduates – helping in lessons within schools,
leading campus tours, talking about life as a language
student, talking about the year abroad, acting as a
student mentor (virtual and real)
• Postgraduates – assisting with activities within the
Language Centre, developing materials for the website
• Erasmus students – Sharing Words project within
schools, Question and Answer sessions with native
speakers, adding the cultural dimension
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
Working with Students - Problems
• Reliability – students cancelling at the last minute
• Agreeing to go into schools but changing their minds
• Getting busy as term goes on and realising they don’t
have enough time
• Timetable changes in second semester
• Differences in holiday and exam periods between
University and School
• Year abroad – students aren’t around for long
• Costs
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
Working with Students - Benefits for them
• Students who are planning on doing a PGCE can benefit
from the work experience
• It can prepare 2nd year students for their 3rd year
placements abroad
• It looks good on their CV and helps them to stand out
from the crowd
• Extra money from a flexible job
• They enjoy the work!
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
WORK WITH SCHOOLS
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
Working with Schools - Organisation
• Schools database
• Timing – term times, exams, working day
• Contact with teachers
• Logistical issues – permission from Head, consent forms
for pupils, supply cover
• Risk Assessments
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
Working with Schools - Problems
• Differences in holidays and busy periods
• Contact with teachers
• Logistical issues
• Costs
• Ownership of project – rearranging lessons, asking for
extra hours
• Lack of communication - no feedback about how the
students are getting on
• Drop out rate – last minute cancellations or not turning up
on the day for events
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
Working with Schools – Benefits for them
• There is better communication between schools and
Universities
• Schools have support in their aim to encourage language
study
• Access to resources they don’t have – Language Centre,
native speaking students etc.
• Pupils can interact with students and learn more about
University – this can help to raise aspirations
• Increased numbers of pupils taking languages
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
QUESTIONS?
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
Contact details
External Relations Manager:
Ameeta Chadha
[email protected]
0161 275 8059
Project Officer (Sharing Words, FLAGS, VI Form Days,
Bridging the Gap):
Gabriele Ashcroft
[email protected]
0161 275 3429
Website: www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/ExternalRelations/
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
School of Languages,
Linguistics and Cultures
Combining the strengths of UMIST and
The Victoria University of Manchester
http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/support-schools/
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