Linguacast Days: 2014

Participating schools visiting in February

Sixth Form Pupils from Sacred Heart High School & St. Cuthbert’s High School visited on 3rd February with their Teacher Mr Tom Harman

The programme included:

• Russian Taster Sessions with Ian McCardl in the Language Resource Centre

• Japanese Taster Sessions in the Language Resource Centre

• Spanish Conversation Practice: Music, Immigration and Integration

• French Conservation Practice: Sport, Pollution, Energy and Environmental Protection

• Workshop on how to analyse foreign films & literature: Tips for success in exams in the Language Resource Centre

• Informed Choices: Options & Reasons for Studying Languages at University & Advice for UCAS Applications with Tom Snell in the Language Resource Centre

• Campus Tour of Newcastle University in French & Spanish with the Student Team

• Q&A: Pupils had the chance to ask the Student Team about University life and studying languages with the Student Team

• Simultaneous Interpreting: communicating at the U.N with Tom Snell in one of our Digital Interpreting Suites

• Computer Aided Language Learning: Creation of a French & Spanish Animated Film Storyboard with Tom Snell & the Student Team in one of our Language Labs

• Presentations & Evaluations with Tom Snell in a Language Lab

Participating schools visiting in February

• All Saints College
• Berwick Middle School
• Bishopsgarth School
• Dyke House Sports And Technology College
• Excelsior Academy
• Framwellgate School Durham
• Greenfield Community College
• Heaton Manor School St Anthony's Girls' Catholic Academy
• Huntcliff School
• Meadowdale Middle School
• North Shore Academy
• Park View School
• Seaham School Of Technology
• The Academy at Shotton Hall
• Thomas Hepburn Community Academy
• Wellfield Community School

On 13th of February many schools in the region took part in our ‘Night at the Museum’ Linguacast day. Visiting pupils had the opportunity to work with Newcastle University students from all over the world to improve their language skills and their confidence. They used simple computer technologies, such as PowerPoint, to enhance learning and to keep languages fun!

What did the day include?

• Visiting pupils were partnered with our Student Ambassadors in Newcastle University’s state-of-the-art digital language laboratories and were given the opportunity to create their own series of short language learning animations in a target language of their choice.

• Pupils were shown how to use digital technology for video creation and high quality audio recordings as well as basic animation techniques to create their own storyboards associated with characters, animals and exhibits from the Great North Museum: Hancock in preparation for what they were going to be seeing and doing in the museum later that day.

• To complete their animation, pupils received help in applying the language they are studying at school to come up with a fun and entertaining short story which they both wrote speech bubbles and recorded character voices for in the target languages.

• This session was facilitated in French/ German/ Spanish/ Chinese. All videos created by visiting pupils are housed online at so that they can be accessed back at school or at home.