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Events and activities


Information about events and activities relating to languages, for people living, working and studying in Newcastle, as well as offered more widely.

Get in touch, if you have other events and activities to share.

Due to coronavirus, face to face meetings and events have been postponed or are being run online. We will endeavour to keep this page and website up to date with the latest developments. We welcome sharing of any online resources or support for language teaching and learning and will profile these on the Resources pages.

Events coming up

Partners are developing new activities or sharing their existing language related events and support, as part of their generous collaboration to help us achieve the ambitions of Newcastle City of Languages.

However, due to coronavirus, face to face events have been cancelled, postponed or are being offered on digital platforms. We shall keep this page up to date with the latest developments.

Free webinar for Newcastle Schools on international perspectives to learning 4th June

ONLINE MEETING: 3.45-5.30pm 4th June Register for a free place and receive the link for the online meeting. This session will be presenting British Council’s International School Award, exploring international connections and funding programmes to support international connections for learning and exchange.

French Pop Video Competition deadline extended to 22nd May

This is a great opportunity for children and young people to get creative. Short music videos of songs in French are created for different age groups. Find out more here

Primary French Workshop for Newcastle Schools: 12-5pm 26th March 2020, Newcastle (postponed and to be rearranged)

The Primary French Project provides free teaching materials that aim to train all who teach French in Key Stage 2. Suitable for all practitioners, including those who have no prior knowledge of the language, and also specialist linguists who are new to teaching children in Key Stage 2.

Primary Languages Conference 1st July: NOW ONLINE (free event, registration required, click here) Organised by Durham County Council, this conference is also open to Newcastle primary Modern Foreign Language teachers to attend.

Although the conference has been cancelled on 1st July, all lesson plans and other contributions will be available online by the middle of June. The team also plan to run the following sessions via Zoom:

  • 10.30 – 11.15:   Final review of ERASMUS+ project 2019/2020 and discussion around learning materials ( 40 minutes ) – at least one member of staff per school to attend
  • 11.30 – 12.15:    Progression and review. Introduction to Language Angels (40 minutes)
  • 14.00 – 14.45:    Using music and song in the classroom – Martina Schwarz ( 45 minutes)

Schools are invited to attend the virtual sessions and zoom links will be sent to those who have registered.

13-15 November, Olympia, London

This free event is Europe’s largest language event. It includes CPD talks, classes, taster sessions in 23 languages and features the latest products and techniques, ways to learn, ways to teach, as well as fun and entertainment. Click here to find out more.

Ideas and activities in development

A range of additional initiatives and activities are in development, to boost opportunities for children and young people, education providers and wider community groups and city based organisations relating to languages, cultures and internationalism.

The Newcastle City of Languages Working Group is developing ideas and updates will be shared through this website, posts and our enewsletter.

A potential pilot for Spanish and French for two school clusters is being explored with school leads and the City Council. This would apply best practice in promoting the take up of languages, CPD for teachers and having a smooth transition between primary and secondary schools.

A Modern Foreign Languages Subject Network has been proposed for MFL teachers in Newcastle, bringing together teachers, sharing good practice and introducing expert speakers and new resources.

A series of Continuing Professional Development events for schools and teachers around specific languages is suggested and ways of running these online until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted are being explored. These are developed with national cultural institutions representing other countries and in partnership with UK and local organisations supporting the promotion of particular languages and cultures.

Workshops and information sessions for schools, supported by British Council. Promoting engagement or enhancing involvement in international school exchanges, International School Awards and to increase access to online learning resources and digital platforms supporting international connections (e.g. eTwinning, Connecting Classrooms).

Hosting an Arab Culture day in Newcastle, supported by British Council and Qatar Foundation International to promote awareness, understanding and enjoyment of Arab culture.

Helping schools and groups develop international links, including promoting existing international civic and other links, such as twin cities (Nancy, Gelsenkirchen) and other city/regional relations across the world, as well as exploring new links to complement language learning and cultural awareness raising.

Developing a Newcastle businesses and schools’ languages event around promoting language learning and exploring employability skills and work-related opportunities.

Supporting and valuing mother tongues other than English including promoting learning of world languages and support for younger generations learning their family mother tongue.

Links to other information

Find out about Newcastle City of Languages, how it evolved and our ambitions

Links to resources around language learning, teaching, promotion

Our partners and how we are working together to support and value languages in the city

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