Lost in Translation - languages insight

12 February 2018

Ashton Sixth Form College welcomed over 60 students from Alder Community High School to the languages event 'Lost in Translation.'

The event is brand new to the college in partnership with NCOP. Lost in Translation worked to inspire young people to think about careers within languages and the incredible range of opportunities available in the sector.

Emily Nicholls, a year 9 student from Alder Community High School, said of the day, 

"It became clear that there was far more to learning a language that just the words themselves or the associated grammar. Learning a second, or more, language means understanding a culture that was not the one of the UK. It means communicating with some of the 75% of people who speak no English at all."

As well as a languages taster with French teacher, Florence Hilton, students also took part in a Linguistics taster with Dr. Rob Drummond from Manchester Metropolitan University, a Language session with Nicola Tomlinson from the University of Manchester and a panel with Alumni Katie MacKissack and employer Joanne Taylor from CAPITA.

Languages students gain a range of skills that lead to some of the most diverse and global careers. Students at Ashton Sixth Form College have the option to study a range of English and Languages courses.

Emily Nicholls continued,

"The trip has made a number of year 9 pupils consider taking French at GCSE and even beyond with the knowledge that they will have wide and exciting options... Languages are vital to a globalised world and they are incredibly important to our understanding of our own language."

Find out more about courses at Ashton Sixth Form College here.

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