Posted: Tue 5th Apr 2016

Partnership Working Encourages Pupils To Learn Languages

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Apr 5th, 2016

Learning foreign languages opens up jobs and travel opportunities around the world: that’s the message being given to school pupils across south west Wales by a new partnership between the education consortium ERW and Swansea University. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Student mentoring schemes and a pupil conference are amongst the activities which the new partnership is delivering. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The work is timely as the Welsh Government has recently set out new plans to get more people stt4_2083143745661783736udying languages, which Education Minister Huw Lewis described as “one of the most important skills a young person can acquire to compete for jobs in the global economy”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Swansea University is working alongside ERW. The University’s languages department offers studies in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin and Catalan. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Conference for over 200 pupils: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A Pupil Language Ambassador conference, organised in collaboration between ERW and Swansea University, was held at the Swansea Bay campus, where more than 230 pupils from 44 schools across ERW (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Powys and Swansea) attended. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Discussions are now under way for pupils from these schools to visit the University for a taste of further study and future opportunities. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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