Film award ceremony judges films made by children in foreign languages

Published: 18 June 2010 at 12:10

Year 9 pupils, teachers and parents gather for special film awards

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At a time where English language tests for migrants are in the headline news again, a Routes into Languages (East) initiative is preparing UK school children to broaden their foreign language skills in readiness to take them into everyday living and working environments.

At the Red Carpet event at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse on 21 June (6pm-9pm), 250 pupils, teachers and parents will be gathering  for a Film Competition Awards Ceremony which is the culmination of a year’s training for teachers and Year 9 pupils (13-14 year olds) from schools around the region.  The idea for the project came out of discussions between the Anglia Ruskin University Routes East team, Dr Tony Morgan and Sarah Schechter and language teachers from Comberton Village College, Rachel Hawkes, Jane Driver and Leigh McClelland.

A course in film-making, run by Anglia Ruskin University’s Department of English, Communication, Media and Film, was delivered by Sarah Gibson who guided pupils through the making of 5-minute films in foreign languages with English subtitles. The winning entries will be announced on the evening.

The project has been a huge success. Said Comberton Village College, Director of Languages Rachel Hawkes,

"The Anglia Ruskin University Routes East Languages on Film project captures the best of the new secondary curriculum, combining language learning with applied use of ICT and the learning of new media skills."

"Students have an open-ended task which allows them creativity and imagination and a meaningful context for using and developing their language knowledge - it's been a fantastic way for a university to work with secondary schools across the region to generate motivation with their Year 9 students and it's clear that the project has a long future and will go from strength to strength."

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.