Hillside joined in on the celebrations to celebrate the European Day of Languages on Thursday 26th September. Year 7 had the opportunity to try some Spanish foods such as chorizo, jamón serrano, tortilla, olives and manchego. Whilst, Year 8 enjoyed watching a Spanish film.
During the week we had competitions running for our KS3 and KS4 pupils. Pupils in KS3 had to design a poster entitled ‘Why Learn Spanish?’ and pupils in KS4 had to read fact sheets to work out what image represented which country. Well done to all our winners and thanks to everyone for taking part.
Pupils also had the opportunity in assembly to learn about the advantages of learning a foreign language. Some of the main advantages are listed below:
Learning a foreign language enhances job opportunities as 94% of employers think that foreign language skills are important. With universal unemployment problems, a multilingual ability is definitely a competitive edge over others.
Learning a language helps us to appreciate and understand diverse cultures- there is a whole world out there for you to explore!
Studying a foreign language improves your grammar skills in your first language.
It provides you with the opportunity to study abroad which can be the experience of a lifetime.
Studies conducted show that language learning reduces the onset of Dementia and Alzheimer’s and improves memory.
Learning a foreign language boosts brain power and it sharpens skills on reading, negotiating and problem-solving.
Top Tips to improve your language skills:
Listen to Spanish radio or watch a Spanish TV show.
Challenge yourself to talk in the target language.
Don’t worry about making mistakes – you will encounter new grammar rules and vocabulary on a daily basis.