Category Archives: Languages

Continental Breakfast for year 7’s next week

Calling all year 7 students !!!!!!!!

Next Monday, 26th September, we are celebrating European Language Day!
All year 7 students are invited to our continental breakfast (muffins, croissants, juice, brioche….) at break time at MFL department.  We will have French/Spanish music, quizzes, games and much more!!

To take part and avoid disappointment you need to bring £1 before Friday lunch time to either myself or senorita O’Keefe.

Gracias, merci, diolch, grazie, obrigado,danke, dziękuję 🙂

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MFL Conference in Cardiff City Stadium

The MFL Department took 14 pupils to Cardiff City Stadium on the Friday before half term to take part in a carousel of language activities.  The aim of the day was to promote modern foreign languages and boost uptake at GCSE and A-Level.
This is Henri Phillips’ report of the day:

In my opinion, the language day trip was a success and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip.  The first activity we took part in was the STEM Language Ambassadors Problem Solving.  There was a girl from New York who explained why languages were important to study alongside Science and taught us about the top 5 languages in the world (with English being third).  Then we went to Routes into Language held by a Turkish man.  He talked about how languages are involved in different sorts of jobs such as trading goods with other countries and even in sports.  The third activity we attended was something I knew a little about: Spanish fiestas and festivales.  We learnt about La Tomatina, El Encierro (the running of the bulls) and Las Fallas (a festival held in Valencia).  Finally we had a tour of Cardiff City Football Stadium.  Being a football fan I enjoyed this part a lot, especially asking questions and seeing the changing rooms.  Out of the whole trip I enjoyed the session where I got to use my Spanish because I was able to use my knowledge to apply to the challenges set.  I think the trip was a success and should be run every year and I am extremely thankful that I was chosen to go – I would love to do it all over again!

By Henri Phillips, 8×2

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Language Ambassadors – City Hall, Cardiff

It’s been a busy time in the French department. On Friday 5th February five Year 9 pupils, Mason, Shani, Lauren, Cordelia and Lydia took part in Pupil Language Ambassador training organised by Route into Languages Cymru. Here are just some quotes from the day.

Last Friday we went to City Hall in Cardiff. We took part in a Language Ambassador training day. It was a very fun day learning more about languages in a variety of quizzes. We watched videos which showed us how important it is to take a language and how there is a shortage of people opting for a language in the UK. We were given leaflets and information booklets and learnt only a quarter of the world’s population speak English. We also talked about what we were going to do as language ambassadors to try and encourage more pupils to take a language. It was a great experience to go on a trip like this and I have learnt much more about languages.

Lydia Morgan

Routes into Languages event which took place in City Hall in Cardiff © WALES NEWS SERVICE
Routes into Languages event which took place in City Hall in Cardiff
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Routes into Languages event which took place in City Hall in Cardiff © WALES NEWS SERVICE
Routes into Languages event which took place in City Hall in Cardiff
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I was really pleased that I was chosen to become a Language Ambassador for Y Pant. I thoroughly enjoyed the day learning about France and the French culture. I met pupils from other schools and worked with them doing activities. We learnt about how a language ambassador will support their school by arranging activities and events. We were introduced to students from universities that study French, telling us about their travels and experiences from taking French at GCSE and A levels. I am looking forward to representing my school as a language ambassador.

Cordelia Margetson

I think that the Language Ambassador training day was really interesting. I especially enjoyed the part where we learnt about French culture. We also completed a quiz which was fun, as we got to work with our school to answer the questions. I believe that the training day helped me and other pupils enhance our language skills and soon we will be encouraging other students to learn and take languages for their GCSEs.

Shani Williams

 

French Cinema Club Meets Wednesdays

French Cinema Club has been a great success so far this term with 30 pupils in Year 10 settling down to watch movies. It is aimed at the French GCSE groups but if anyone has a keen interest in European films they would be more than welcome. We are currently showing L’auberge espagnole with Audrey Tatou and it’s looking to get a little bit more crazy. We meet every Wednesday at 1.30 in Room 18 and Early Lunch passes are available from Madame Rose. What better way to avoid the Winter chill when the rain and cold arrives. Bring your snacks too

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Costa del Sol trip

Señora Fernandez, Señor Pelaez and Señorita O’Keefe accompanied 29 Y Pant pupils to Malaga.  They left in the extreme early hours of Saturday morning and arrived in sunny Spain just in time for lunch.  After exploring Malaga town centre, the group headed for the beach (for a well needed siesta) and some pollo/pescado.  During the trip the group also visited Frigiliana, Nerja, Mijas and Puerto Banús.  Delicious Spanish food was consumed (paella, chorizo, churros y chocolate, helado…) and Malaga street talk was learnt (¡Osú mi madre, qué calor!) After 4 action packed days the group returned home to (a not so sunny) Pontyclun all tired out, thank goodness the summer holidays are only around the corner!

European Languages Day

To celebrate European Languages Day 2013 the Languages department is inviting Yr 7 students to a continental breakfast at break time on Monday 30th September in the languages area. Cost is £1 which includes a drink with a pain au chocolat and a crepe. To take part you need to sign up with your French teacher and bring in £1. We are also holding a Poster competition to celebrate the occasion. These must be handed to Madame Rose in room 18 by Thursday 26th September. Look out for the posters in the new block for more details or ask your French teacher.

Twelve talented linguists from Year 8

A very successful MAAT session was held in the French department at the end of the summer term. Twelve talented linguists from Year 8 were invited to take part in a fun session of vocabulary challenge. The Year 12 Language Ambassadors played an active role in encouraging the younger students to develop their communication skills in a fun and competitive way.

Activities included a speed test translation challenge between the groups. Each team managed to gain points and win actual body Dragon body parts to begin the building task. This new body language was drilled and tested with a quick game of ‘Jacques a dit’. The ultimate challenge was to create a story and personality for the dragon, which was then recorded. Year 12 were a great help in guiding the students to create an extended and original text. A fantastic fun day with lots of language skills in use, and a creative buzz in the room. Bravo!

Madame Rose