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Aston embraces languages

23 March 2007 – for immediate release

Students from across the UK have visited Aston University to participate in an exciting interactive languages weekend. The unique event, which was organised in association with The National Academy for Gifted Talented Youth (NAGTY), was a great success and attracted enthusiastic students from years 12 and 13, and particularly gifted linguists in year 11.

The 52 students attending the event were divided into groups according to the three languages the event specialised in, this included French, Spanish and German.

The aim of the challenging weekend was to give students an opportunity to improve their language and communication skills through marketing based activities. Working in small groups, the students were able to create their own marketing strategy, effectively develop a sound knowledge of the subject matter, display sophisticated research skills and increase their confidence in their chosen language.

Each group was led by academic experts from Aston’s School of Languages & Social Sciences, and supported by some of the University’s current language students. The feedback from the lecturers participating in the event was excellent, the consensus being that the lecturers were impressed with the great deal of promise that the students showed.

The groups were also visited by a linguist for Aldi supermarkets who spoke to the students about the value of languages in the world of work and what they could gain from speaking another language.

However, it was not all marketing strategies and hard work for the students, as they also followed the continental theme in a few additional activities. This included experiencing a taste of the flamenco by taking part in a Spanish salsa class and enjoying French cuisine at a local French restaurant.

All who attended the weekend event came back with glowing reviews, with students and staff not only thoroughly enjoying themselves but learning a thing or two in the process.

‘As with all NAGTY events the main aim was to provide students with an opportunity to stretch themselves outside the classroom & to enable them to develop their communication, confidence & language skills, give them an opportunity to meet current students to increase their aspirations and achievement and to make higher education a less alien concept to them,’ said joint Organiser of the event, Angela Morris.

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For further press information please contact Hannah Brookes on (0121) 204 4549.

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