“I’m scientist, Get me out of Here!” – My time as a ‘contestant’

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to work with other academics and school students from all over the UK on an exciting outreach project: I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here!” is an online event, where school students meet and interact with academics and learn about their work and the impact it has. …

Routes into Languages: a student ambassador’s experience

Fresh from her speech at the recent Routes into Languages national training event, Hayley Smith (BA Economics with French) speaks about her experience as a student ambassador for the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies. Routes into Languages”is a consortium of universities working together with schools and colleges to enthuse and encourage people to study languages. …

Russian Play: The Naked King

For the third consecutive year, the hard work of undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies will culminate in the staging of a Russian-language theatre performance, which for 2014 will be Evgeny Shvarts’ Golyi Korol’ (The Naked King). Shvarts began writing children’s literature during the 1920s, and in 1929 he …

Nottingham Advantage Award: Students Become Teachers!

During the Autumn Semester 2013-14, and fresh from their year abroad as British Council Language Assistants, three CLAS final-year undergraduate students – Olivia Gowie and Matthew York from the Department of German Studies, and Melissa Watson from the Department of French & Francophone Studies – undertook a language-teaching project at Greenfields Primary School, Nottingham, as …

Пусть начнутся Игры!

On February 7 the 2014 XXII Winter Olympic Games begin in Sochi in southern Russia with alpine events to be held in the Mountain Cluster of venues in the resort of Krasnaya Polyana some 50 kilometres from the Coastal Cluster where six spectacular stadia have been constructed at massive expense. This is the most prestigious …

Subtitling for Beginners in the Department of French and Francophone Studies

Earlier in December, the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies (CLAS) welcomed a group of burgeoning local Year 11/12 language students for a taste of academic life here at the University of Nottingham. During their half-day ‘taster’ visit, the students attended a French-English subtitling mini-lecture and workshop led by Drs Pierre-Alexis Mével and Dalida …

Widening participation in CLAS: summer schools and beyond

As the summer draws to a close and an autumnal chill hints at shorter days, a group of young people from all over the UK will be settling down to their final year of A level study with a renewed vigour and an eye on their future at a University. These young people were lucky …

Translating the heroines of Latin American Independence

On Thursday 25 April 2013 a group of budding linguists from Bluecoat School and Bilborough College attended a translation workshop in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies. The aim of the session was to translate a number of biographies from English into Spanish that would be included on the Genderlatam database (this forms …

Anyone for grammar in the Easter vacation?

As part of the CLAS Widening Participation programme, specialist tutors from the University’s Language Centre delivered in-house French, German and Spanish intensive study sessions for local 16-19 school language learners between March 25 and 27. The sessions catered for GCSE, AS, A2 level and International Baccalaureate and included the essential skills necessary for succeeding in …

Taster and revision sessions for schools

Aristotle once said, ‘For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.’  In March, CLAS are launching a set of mini taster days for Y11 and Y12 pupils in local schools. We kicked off with a Mini Languages taster on 27 February, giving pupils the opportunity to …