December 2018

Language students broaden their horizons with a visit to Hull University

On Thursday 6th December, Year 11 French students visited Hull University where they spent the day learning about the study of languages at a higher level.

The group were welcomed off the coach by six of the university’s student ambassadors who led them to the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) department to begin the day’s activities. 

They first attended a presentation by Dr Elizabeth Ward, an MFL lecturer, and Jordan Milnes, Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer, who described the range of possibilities for studying languages at university.

These included how students can choose their own modules to create a tailor-made degree course as well as options for studying a language alongside other degrees, such as Medicine or Law, which would see them reach A-Level standard by the end of their first year.

Our students also heard inspirational first-hand experience of university life from the student ambassadors who talked about their current studies and future plans.

Next, the group were welcomed by members of the Chinese Confucius Institute where native Chinese lecturers delivered a session in Chinese language. The students found this particularly interesting and thoroughly enjoyed acting out greetings and introductions with native speakers.

Armed with free lunch vouchers, our students were then taken on a tour of the campus with the university ambassadors. Unsurprisingly, the vouchers were put to good use in a variety of the campus’ cafes and canteens where our students enjoyed lunch alongside current university students – offering a unique opportunity for our students to talk informally and ask questions about life on campus.

The final activity of the day saw students attend a session led by two French ‘Letrices’ – students from France who spend a year abroad in order to improve their own English language skills. The Letrices work to support the spoken French of undergraduates and post-graduate students of French at the university.

Megan Pavey, Progress Leader for French, commented: ‘Our students were an absolute credit to the school. I am so proud of them for engaging with the sessions in a really positive manner. I hope this experience has helped to broaden the horizons of our students and has given them an insight in to the many possibilities that can arise from studying languages at a higher level.’

Mrs Pavey leaves Withernsea High School at the end of this term after three years at the school. She joined in September 2015 as a Teacher of French before being appointed Progress Leader of the subject in January this year.

In her relatively short time at Withernsea High, Mrs Pavey has helped raise the profile of French across the whole school through a series of successful events and activities.

A particular highlight was the 'French Breakfast' event held in July where our entire Year 7 cohort, plus selected students from years 8, 9 and 10, were joined by special guests to help raise the profile of languages in schools.

We thank Mrs Pavey for her contribution to the school and we wish her the best of luck for the future.