Languages in a joined-up world: Sixth Form conference

QE pupils learned about language and migration at a topical conference for Sixth Form linguists hosted by a leading independent girls’ school.

The Languages conference at North London Collegiate School featured talks by three distinguished academics on the themes of migration and transnationalism. It was attended by 13 Year 12 pupils from QE, accompanied by Languages teachers Marie-Jo Jacquin and Rebecca Grundy.

Dr Siobhan Shilton, of Bristol University, gave a lecture on Paris-based artists exploring identity in video, performance art and graffiti.

""Professor Margaret Littler, from Manchester University, spoke about Turkish and German literature and used the example of a rap song to demonstrate how the large Turkish community living in Germany are integrating themselves into society.

And Professor Charles Burdett, of Bristol University, talked about his research into ‘transnationalising modern languages’ with specific reference to Italy and Ethiopia.

""Students had the opportunity to ask the speakers questions about their areas of research, about broad cultural issues and about preparing for university.

The three lecturers each gave advice for students who are considering studying languages at university; they should prepare themselves for the broad, challenging curriculum and look to develop their interests.