08 Jul

Faith-based Language Summer School 2016

Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian are just some of the languages that pupils experienced during the St David's College Faith-based Language Summer School.

On 6th and 7th July, approximately 400 year 8 and year 10 pupils from Corpus Christi, St Richard Gwyn, Willows and St Teilo's Church in Wales High Schools attended a Language Summer School organised and hosted by St David's Catholic Sixth Form College. This was the forth summer school organised by the College.

This two-day event was aimed at encouraging young learners to continue to study a language at GCSE and beyond, extending the languages that they are already studying, introducing them to a range of new languages and showing them why languages are important in the world of work. Year 10 pupils focused on the business environment in order to show them the relevance of languages in the world of work.

The event was organised in partnership with Cardiff University, The Confucius Centre, our feeder schools and a range of employers who have generously given up their time to support the promotion and encouragement of languages. These businesses include: Schools into Europe, Capital Law, and Signature Leather.

The pupils spent their time studying a variety of languages, hearing about the importance of languages in the business world, and extending the languages that they are already studying. The whole day was one of fun and enjoyment while maintaining the focus on learning.

Part of the event was filmed by ITV Wales and will be aired shortly as part of a programme focusing on the decline of language learning and what is being done to combat it. 

The College and our feeder schools have been working closely in partnership with Cardiff University and employers over the last four years and are very grateful for the support we have received. A range of other activities have and are being developed with our partners.