Every year, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures teams up with Routes Into Languages North West to help promote the take-up of languages and student mobility. On the 16 November, the department hosted a Film and Culture event (FACE) for local secondary school pupils. Specifically, the department welcomed Year 10 pupils from five schools from Liverpool and the surrounding area: University Church of England Academy (UCEA), Liverpool College, St Julie’s Catholic High School, Audenshaw School, and Bellerive FCJ Catholic College.
Following a welcome talk from the Head of the Department, Professor Matthew Philpotts, pupils had a choice of two workshops to attend, based either on French or Spanish film. At the French film session, given by Jonathan Lewis, pupils engaged with a film by Christophe Barratier, Les Choristes (2004), while the Spanish session, given by Rafael Morillo, focused on Ocho apellidos vascos (2014) by Emilio Martínez-Lázaro.
In the afternoon, pupils broke into smaller groups to attend three language taster sessions in Chinese, Basque and Italian, given by Lei Peng, Marina Balenciaga and Giada Perini respectively. The event was successful in bringing schoolteachers, school pupils and university lecturers in collaboration, and it was particularly rewarding to hear pupils using words such as kaixo, agur, ciao, nǐ hǎo, grazie, xièxiè, ezkerrik asko, greeting and thanking each other in the various languages to which they had been exposed.
MLC is always looking to promote such initiatives that help to raise language and culture awareness in the local community. Look out for future events!