Language Resource Centre

Education Outreach

Education Outreach

The education outreach team at Newcastle University Language Resource Centre organise interactive taster days and events for local schools and develop resources for use in the language classroom.

Overview

In order to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols and local authority regulations, physical visits to schools or onto campus are currently suspended. Depending on your requirements, we may be able to offer some remote activities - get in touch via email.

Get in touch via routesne@newcastle.ac.uk

Have a look through the types of events we have offered in the past, we hope to offer them again in the near future.

We run interactive taster days and fun events to encourage your students to learn a language.

Linguacast Days

Bring your Year 8 - Year 13 pupils to Newcastle University campus. Here they'll get to work with university students from all over the world to practise languages. Find out more about our Linguacast Days.

Past Events

We often host one-off language learning events for schools and colleges. These show just how fun learning a new language can be. Take a look at some of our past events.

Some of the student helpers on one of our past events.
University student helpers at one of our past events.

Linguacast Days

Linguacast days let your pupils visit the University and use our resources. They'll get to practise languages, learn new ones, and find out about studying a language at University.

This event is aimed at Year 8 right through to Year 13 pupils (maximum 30 pupils). Your pupils will improve their language skills and raise their confidence.

Activities can include:

  • taster session in a new language (e.g. Chinese, Portuguese, Turkish, Dutch, etc.)
  • campus tour
  • question and answer session with students
  • information on university life and study
  • language technology
  • storyboard writing and recording

To find out more about these events email routesne@ncl.ac.uk.

Example of a recent event

You can get an idea what these days are like in this overview. Sixth Form pupils from two local high schools took part in a recent Linguacast Day.

Language practise

The programme started with Russian and Japanese taster sessions. The pupils got to try out brand new languages in a fun and relaxed environment.

We offered conversation practice with native speakers. The French group talked about sport, pollution, energy and environmental protection. The Spanish group talked about music, immigration and integration.

Using a language

We ran a workshop on how to analyse foreign films and literature.

Pupils got to try simultaneous interpreting in one of our Conference Interpreting Suites. They also created a French or Spanish animated film storyboard.

There were also tips for success in exams.

Further study

Pupils had the chance to ask the Student Team about University life. They found out what studying a language at university is actually like.

Our students team gave the pupils a campus tour in French and Spanish

Past Events

We've run a range of special events in the past. Find out what kinds of activity we can arrange.

Interpreting Day

These days give your pupils a chance to find out about interpreting as a career, and get some hands-on experience. Your pupils will learn various techniques and methods for consecutive and simultaneous interpreting.

Our Conference Interpreting Suite is an exact replica of meeting rooms used by the EU in Brussels and Strasbourg. Your pupils will be able to use the suite to have a go at interpreting in their target language.

In the past we've had a talk by a consecutive interpreter who works for Newcastle United Football Club. He talked about his experiences and the benefits of a career in interpreting.

We give a live demonstration of simultaneous interpreting. Pupils team up with students from Newcastle University for group work.

Pupils also take part in a consecutive interpreting competition. They put into practice all the skills and techniques they learn on the day. Each student uses a sound proof booth and interprets an A-level appropriate text.

TiLT Show

We held a Technology in Language Teaching (TiLT) show. This let teachers:

  • engage with other language teachers
  • swap ideas
  • boost the confidence and subject-knowledge of their staff.

There were several talks by experts in education and technology, and a chance to network.

Night at the Museum

Many schools in the region took part in our ‘Night at the Museum’.

Visiting pupils were partnered with our Student Ambassadors. They created their own series of short language-learning animations in a target language of their choice.

Pupils learned how to use digital technology to create videos and audio recordings. They created storyboards associated with exhibits from the Great North Museum: Hancock.

They used the language they were studying at school to come up with an entertaining short story. They wrote speech bubbles and recorded character voices in the target languages.

This session was run in French, German, Spanish and Chinese.