Languages Conference: Promoting Language Studies & Careers

10th October 2017

We were so excited to host our first ever Languages Conference at college this September. The event was attended by 140 budding linguists from local schools including Upper Shirley High,  Regents Park Community College, St Georges Catholic College, Woodlands Community College and Cantell School.

Speaking foreign languages opens so many doors and can lead to some exciting career opportunities both at home and overseas! Plus you get to learn about other cultures and their communication styles.

Guest speaker Dr Darren Paffey, lecturer in Spanish and Linguistics at the University of Southampton, kicked off the event with a presentation entitled ‘Why Study Languages?’. This was followed by presentations from six of our former language students – Sean Francis (formerly at St Georges Catholic College), Jack Ayers (formerly at Upper Shirley High), Luke Baker (formerly at Redbridge Community College), Michael Scruton (formerly at Thornden School), Kirsty Hill and Martyna Orczyk (formerly St Anne’s Catholic School) – who shared their experiences of studying languages at university, talked about how they plan to use their language skills in the future and answered questions from the audience.

The event had an entertaining end as students competed in a translation race in French and Spanish, which was won by students from St Georges Catholic College and Upper Shirley High!

Alice Wrighton, our Principal, says, “It was great to see that so many students have a passion for studying languages across Southampton!  We hope that this event has inspired them to take their languages studies further and given them an insight into the types of language-related careers that they could pursue. It was also great to see the return of some of our alumni language students and to see how they are progressing with their studies.”