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As part of Modern Languages & Cultures on-going collaborations with South Sefton College, colleagues from Iberian & Latin American Studies have been delivering taster sessions to sixth formers on the school’s campus in Litherland. Co-ordinated by Ms Marina Rabadán-Gómez, the taster sessions this month have focussed on Other Iberian Languages, namely Catalan and Galician, to give the students an idea of the range of languages spoken on the Iberian peninsular, and to encourage further study in modern languages.

Joan Mas Font (l) and Silvia Gonzalez-Barroso (r) with Luz Torres (centre) at South Sefton College

Joan Mas Font (l) and Silvia Gonzalez-Barroso (r) with Luz Torres (centre) at South Sefton College

This collaboration is in its second year, after Luz Torres, a Spanish teacher at South Sefton College, began working with Modern Languages and Cultures’ languages teaching team. Ms Torres is currently running a project called LoLa – Love Languages – which involves sixth-form students at the college returning to their primary schools to do some basic Spanish language teaching and encourage young children to consider studying modern foreign languages. The project has now been developed and in semester two, second-year students from Modern Languages and Cultures can spend a time at the college as ‘language assistants’, enthusing the college students in their learning of languages.

Students really enjoyed the tasters as they were an excellent combination between culture and language. It was a fantastic opportunity for students to widen their knowledge about the different languages spoken in Spain

Joan Mas Font delivering his taster session on Catalan

Joan Mas Font delivering his taster session on Catalan

This year’s taster session followed the one delivered last year by Ana Bela Alemeida devoted to Portgueuse. As their final contributions to the life of the department before returning to Spain, Joan Mas Font and Silvia Gonzalez-Barroso delivered taster sessions on Catalan and Galician respectively.

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