How languages changed my life

See how languages influenced many different people in our region. Following our successful regional languages festival, Express Yourself North East, the co-ordinator has compiled an e-book of all the stories shared of people’s languages, life and career journeys as part of the Festival’s ‘How Languages Changed My Life’ series. This includes stories from an interesting…

The animal Olympics

The Animal Olympics –  Tokyo 2021    Performed in French for 6 – 11 year olds After a year’s delay, the Olympics are coming to North East schools 11 June – 9 July 2021 A few dates still available Book now!  £350 + VAT Workshops and Performance A participatory theatre production for KS2 that celebrates…

Happy Ugadi!

Ugadi is another festival that denotes the New Year for many Hindus from South India. The Scholars into Schools co-ordinator celebrates the festival as well and decided to contribute my culture towards the Project as well with her family, friends and relatives, ‘Yugadi Habbada Shubhashayagalu’ which in Kannada means, ‘Wishing you a happy Ugadi’!

Songkran Day

Today is the start of the Thai New Year celebrations – April 13th ! Is this the wettest festival on the planet? A student volunteer at Durham University has written about the Thai New Year festival for us.

How I use languages in our region

Four business ambassadors shared their language journeys with over 200 pupils from nine regional secondary schools as part of our regional languages festival. Explaining how they use French, German, Spanish and Italian in a range of industry settings was a powerful message to the region’s learners. We heard how an engineer used his skills both…

Look where languages took me?

Two former pupils from schools who took part in a visit to Tuebingen in Germany, organised by the county council, share their stories about how languages changed their lives. Anne McElvoy and Fiona Hill Languages have been a huge part of my life, both personally and professionally – and the roots of that were the…

Festival of Languages a great success

More than 3000 pupils took part in a fantastic range of activities as part of Express Yourself North East, the region’s latest festival of languages. Durham University delivered 40 language taster sessions to pupils in Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. We ran Wake it, Shake it in Spanish, a masterclass…