Focus on Languages at QEH

Not only have Sixth Formers from French and Spanish departments been lucky enough to attend talks from Bristol Education Partnership (BEP), but Year 9 to Year 13 classes have also been enlightened into the world of languages following a visit from Exeter University's French and German professors Ulrike Zitzlsperger and Fiona Cox. 

The language talks from BEP were held by Badminton School languages’ department whereby a very generous spread of tapas, French cheeses, pastries and hot chocolate, were gratefully received by our students (and teachers!). Their Peace Hall was filled with excited conversation in both learnt languages.

The first talk’s focus was ‘growing up under a dictatorship', and Sixth Form languages students heard accounts of Franco’s Spain and Ecuador’s Guillermo Rodriguez.

The second talk highlighted the rich history of Bande dessinée (comic strips), and the issues surrounding certain classics such as Tintin in the Congo and its colonialist suggestions.

Sixth Form students found both lectures so interesting, that their languages lessons that followed were fuelled by what they had learned at these talks.  

In the same week, Professors Ulrike Zitzlsperger and Fiona Cox also dispelled some myths for Year 9 to Year 13 students and inspired students with the vast amount of potential careers that languages can offer them. The Professors revealed that 85% of Exeter's language graduates go into other fields of work, ranging from journalism to engineering.

Visits from both the BEP and Exeter University have enriched the knowledge of Year 9 to Year 13 students on the skills they can develop whilst studying languages, and the opportunities of studying languages at university.

Both staff and students alike are very much looking forward to attending and benefiting from more talks like these in the academic terms to come.