Presenting: Special Events 2014

April: Talking to the World: Linguacast Interpreting Day

Participants:

09:10 – 09:15 - Arrival, Housekeeping (inc.Health & Safety) with Tom Snell in the Language Resource Centre

09:15 – 10:10 - Andrew Simpson (Simultaneous Interpreter at Newcastle United Football Club): Life as a Professional Interpreter (in Digital Interpreting Suite 3.20)

Andrew Simpson is a locally based Interpreter who currently provides French > English & English > French interpreting for NUFC (including appearances on the BBC’s Match of the Day) following their influx of French players. Before leaving for the training ground for the Friday Press Conferences, he will talk about his experiences and the benefits of a career interpreting and how your students may choose to develop their language studies in this area.

10:10 – 11:00 - Introduction to Types of Interpreting and the Digital Interpreting Suite in Digital Interpreting Suite 3.20 with Tom Snell

Students introduced to the different types of interpreting and their uses and the design and technological functions of Newcastle Univerisity’s Digital Interpreting Suite which is powered by Televic AdvidaNet - an exact replica of meeting rooms used by the EU in Brussels and Strausbourg.

11.00 - 11.15 - Live Simultaneous Interpreting Demonstration with T & I Students in Digital Interpreting Suite 3.20 .

Newcastle University’s Translation and Interpreting MA students will demonstrate live simultaneous interpreting in action.

11:15 – 12:00 - Interpreting Skills : Practical Session with Student Team with University Student Team in Pybus Room, Old Library Building 3.19 & Digital Interpreting Suite 3.20

School students will be teamed up with Students from Newcastle University for group work during which they will be taught various techniques and methods for Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting. These will be structured around an A-level set topic for which they will be provided with vocabulary and example texts in preparation for the afternoon session.

12:00 – 12:30 - Lunch in Pybus Room.

13:10 – 13:50 - Interpreting Skills : Practical Session with Student Team with University Student Team in Pybus Room, Old Library Building 3.19 & Digital Interpreting Suite 3.20

School students will be teamed up with Students from Newcastle University for group work during which they will be taught various techniques and methods for Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting. These will be structured around an A-level set topic for which they will be provided with vocabulary and example texts in preparation for the afternoon session.

13:50 – 14:30 - Year 11 Consecutive Interpreting Competition in Digital Interpreting Suite 3.20

School students will put into practice all of the skills and techniques that they have been taught in the preceding practical sessions. Each student will be allocated their own sound proof booth in the digital interpreting suite and will attempt to consecutively interpret an A-level appropriate text (on the topic they’ve prepared in the practical sessions) being read by a presenter at the centre of the room. Accompanying teachers and judges will be able to listen in to each booth via headsets. Judges will grade each student (using marking criteria similar to the A-level Oral markers criteria) which will have been circulated to participating prior to the event. Each participating student will receive a video recording (including audio) of their performance along with a copy of the original text.

14:30 – 14:50 - Simultaneous Interpreting to Video in Digital Interpreting Suite 3.20

Finally, your students be given the chance to attempt a simultaneous interpreting session. A short video (with A-level standard language content on the same topic as prep

14:50 – 14:55 - Prize Presentations & Evaluations

March: The TiLT Show (Technology in Language Teaching)

Participants:

A TILT show is not just an excellent way of incorporating training, but also a great opportunity to put your school ‘on the map’ and engage with other language teachers, swapping ideas, as well as boosting the confidence and subject-knowledge of your staff. This was the programme for a TiLT Show on 12th March 2014:

9.30 – Registration

10.00 – Welcome and Introductions

10.05 – Computer Aided Language Learning: Past, Present and Future with Scott Windeatt, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University and internationally renowned pioneer in the field of Computer Aided Language Learning.

10.20 – Independent Learning at the Language Resource Centre: A tour of the Language Resource Centre led by Newcastle University Students.

10.45 – Linguacast Days at Newcastle University & Language Learning Resources with Thomas Snell

11.00-11.15 – Morning Coffee

11.15-12.15 – Keynote: Collaboration and Creativity in Digital Language Learning with Oranna Speicher, Lecturer of German in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Nottingham.

February: Night at the Museum (Linguacast Session)

Participants:

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?

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