Active Languages Day will combine sport and language

Published: 28 June 2010 at 11:54

Anglia Ruskin University is staging a day of teaching and learning which will take teachers and, subsequently, pupils outside of the classroom environment and combine learning with sports activities.

The Active Languages Day on 7 July will encourage active learning and creativity in a sporting environment.  The day will be focused on ‘doing’ as well as ‘knowing’, helping teachers explore ways of collaborating and providing exciting cross-curricular activities for their pupils.

Schools from Cambridgeshire and beyond will be sending language and PE teachers to the event which is supported by Youth Sport Trust and bears a 2012 Inspire Mark.

"Active Languages Day will demonstrate how effective teaching and learning is when it is set in a fun and meaningful context",

explains Sarah Schechter, Routes into Languages East Project Manager.

"The Routes into Languages remit is to motivate pupils to encourage them to study languages, and the case studies and active examples we showcase on the day, together with the opportunity for action planning, will hopefully lead to engaging, motivating lessons and activities back at school."

"It is hoped this in turn will spark a great many of the pupils to take a language strand throughout their learning which will put them in an advantageous position when they eventually enter the world of work."

Led by Anglia Ruskin University in partnership with the University of Cambridge, The Open University and University of Bedfordshire, the specific aim of the Routes into Languages (East) project is to increase the take up of languages and promote more positive attitudes towards them, and to encourage the transition of language learning from schools to universities. 

Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (£4.5million) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (£3.5 million), the programme has established ten regional consortia where groups of universities work together, with schools and colleges, to enthuse and encourage people to study languages.