words and fortunes at Leeds language festival
to the Festival of Languages on November 14 will see martial
arts demonstrations, taste pasta and croissants, try out
origami, dance the samba or salsa, find out more about
German medieval fortune telling and take their first lessons
in languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Hebrew,
Greek and Arabic.
takes you places photos from time spent studyng aborad
in Japan (above) and Martinque (below)
Professor Sir Alan Wilson and Look Northís Harry Gration
will welcome hundreds of pupils from across Yorkshire
to dance, eat, talk, photograph, write and perform in
12 languages in the festival. The event is open to all,
and celebrates 2001 as the official European year of languages.
Schools in Leeds, Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield, Bradford,
Wakefield, Mirfield, Grimsby, Goole, York and Huddersfield
will be among those participating.
festival aims to help pupils understand the value of studying
foreign languages and their influence on business, the
arts and leisure. Language courses have not gained popularity
amongst university applicants, despite Tony Blairís belief
that Europe is Ďan opportunity for usí and the UKís role
as a base for many multi-national companies.
films from Spanish director Miguel Albaladejo and French
director François Truffaut will be shown, and there
will be an exhibition of photography from language studentsí
time spent studying abroad. Also on display are examples
of how information technology is used in translation,
as well as useful resources for language teachers, including
foreign language websites, language learning sites and
online translation tools.
festival has been organised by the school of modern languages
and cultures and activities are taking place across the
offers courses in 17 languages and is home to the UKís
largest French and East Asian studies departments.
festival runs from 10am-4pm and more details can be found