15 December 2022

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On Friday, 2 December we hosted a careers event for Year 9 pupils to 'Make Languages Work'.

Head of Languages, Mrs Scully, explained "The objective of the event was to expose pupils to the range of different careers for which a language would be useful."  

Pupils took part in three very diverse taster sessions using different languages:  Chinese with the Confucius Institute at UCLan, a 'hands on' session with British Sign Language, and a presentation from Médecins Sans Frontières.

In addition to the presentations, pupils took part in career speed-dating.  The hall was filled with tables and the Year 9 pupils moved around to engage with each of the visiting organisations.  We were also fortunate to have Daniela Flint, a senior lecturer in German from UCLan, launch the sessions with a talk about the different language pathways available at the university.

There were many careers and languages represented at the well received event. 

  • TESOL from UCLAN (teaching English as a second language)
  • Sarah Cutts, legal translator
  • Arabic with Nadja L'Bakkari
  • World Wise Languages, Sofia Anysiadou, UCLAN
  • NHS translator, Lucy Booth
  • Memoirs of a year Spain, Sarah Eastham 
  • The food and wine from France - Mr and Mrs Taylor
  • Life as a lead languages teacher in a primary school - Rebecca Benson, Broad Oak Primary School 
  • Video producer and director, Lee Deaville
  • Restaurateur, Ir─Śne Monteleone, from Pane e Vino 

A huge thank you to all our guests who made this a very successful event for our pupils.

Sarah from Sarah Cutts Translation, who specialises in Spanish and French to English translation of legal, academic and commercial documents, replied by saying: "It was a privilege to be invited to Penwortham Priory Academy to take part in a “Making Languages Work” day with the Year 9 students exploring the different careers available with languages. Hopefully they were inspired and thank you very much for having me!"

The Worldwise Centre said: "We had an amazing day attending the 'Languages at Work' event. Our amazing UCLan TESOL and Modern Languages students shared their experience and career plans with 180 Year 9 students. What a day! Thank you for the invitation!"

Photo credit: Thank you to keen photographer Ameer A-H , Year 11, who kindly stepped in to take these images.

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Tags: MFL Careers