Welcome back after Easter!

Hello everyone! Welcome back after what was, for the most part, a warm and sunny Easter! We hope you had a lovely break! Whether you spent time with loved ones or friends, went on a trip or relaxed at home, we hope you could take some time out to do things a normal working week doesn’t allow. Now, are you ready for the summer term? This is another busy term with all sort of exciting things to look forward to! Stay tuned for upcoming updates on our blog!

South East Regional Routes into Languages Foreign Language Spelling Bee Competition

It is with great pleasure that Modern Languages and Linguistics are today (24th April) hosting the South East regional qualifying round of the Routes into Languages Foreign Language Spelling Bee Competition. 3,284 year 7s started the competition in the South East and the last 60 pupils from 20 schools are competing today, with the top 4 in each language proceeding to the national finals in London later this year.

This is part of a national competition for Year 7 pupils to practise and improve their vocabulary, spelling and memory skills in a foreign language (French, German or Spanish). The pupils will have one minute each to translate into the target language randomly selected words from the 150 that they have learnt up to this stage and spell them out in the target language.

The Routes into Languages Foreign Language Spelling Bee is one of many initiatives looking to buck the trend in the decline in modern language learning and which promote learning foreign languages to school pupils.

You can follow the event on Twitter accounts from 1pm today on @ModernLangs, @unisouthampton and @UoSmedia.

To see previous Spelling Bee competitions in action, please see the Routes into Languages NW Foreign Language Spelling Bee Competition 2014 (which was hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University).