European Day of Languages 2018

    26 September

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    Happy European Day of Languages! 

    Each year on the 26th September people across the world celebrate European Day of Languages to raise awareness of the importance of language learning and to promote the linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe.

    To celebrate, our wonderful Modern Foreign Languages department organised a week of language-themed events to enlighten and inspire our pupils.  

    From reading prayers in different languages at assembly to themed lunches in the dining hall; informative careers talks to hands on workshops, this week has been thoroughly enjoyed by all!

    We kick-started our celebrations on Friday with a visit from Old Campbellian’s Harry Dobbs and Patrick Telford, who spoke to pupils in Years 11-14 about:their experience studying Spanish, their year abroad in Chile and how they are returning to University for their final year. 

    On Monday morning, over 200 pupils in Years 8&9 attended languages workshops held by Mr Alex Pickering from the Goethe Institute London, these workshops highlighted the importance of languages in future careers. Mr Pickering also held a careers talk for over 40 Year 11&12 students currently studying German, this allowed the boys to ask specific questions relating to the importance of languages.

    On Monday afternoon, Cheryl Magookin, Finance Director at Terex Global Business Services and Thomas McKeown, a student who worked with the company over the summer, came to Campbell College to talk about opportunities to use German in Terex, Northern Ireland. Based in Lurgan, Terex Global Business Services provides accounting and finance services to the wider Terex organisation and deals with suppliers across the world. Given that about one third of their business is carried out in Germany the company needs German speakers to liaise with customers and suppliers in German-speaking countries.

    Today pupils in Years 8,10 and 11 had the opportunity to hear from Lydie de Baulieu. Lydie, who was born in France, grew up in Martinique and lives in East Belfast, spoke to pupils about French-speaking countries and territories outside France and her island of Martinique. Keep an eye on our facebook page over the next week to see her interview with the Campbell College News Team!

    Finally, our catering team transported us to a different country each day with German, Spanish and French themed menus throughout the week.  

    Thank you to our fantastic MFL teachers for inspiring and encouraging us t to learn languages and have greater awareness and understanding of the cultural and linguistic diversity around us!