Nearly 50 students toured the University of Warwick and took part in lectures and tuition in the languages department. GCSE and A Level students from Years 10, 11 and 12 toured the campus and facilities including the library and different faculties. Then Dr David Lines, Head of Italian Studies outlined the opportunities and different learning routes, including combined studies degrees incorporating multiple language or language and business options.
After lunch the students were split into specific GCSE and A Level groups and attended targeted language lessons. Finally they either had the opportunity to take part in a taster Italian session or a cultural discussion on the mass strikes and civil unrest in France during May 1968.
Teacher Mrs Haven said: ‘Dr Lines’s research speciality is the Renaissance so he gave us an insight into his work from a historical perspective which gave us a sense of some of the work being done in the university. The aim of the trip was to promote A Levels and university study.
The student had a GCSE Spanish lesson which was set up as a game, but they could only converse in Spanish so that stretched them a bit. The A Level German one was about stereotypes and a lecturer showed us a film and we had to talk in German about what we thought the stereotypes were, what does a typical German represent and our experiences of German people, so again the students were all quite stretched. It was a very packed with lots of activities and on the way home the students were really enthused and buzzing about their experiences.’