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Spanish A level students ‘adopted’ by Cambridge University linguist

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Cambridge University Modern and Medieval Languages (MML) student Anthony Wheeler has adopted our Spanish A level group as part of a scheme to encourage greater take-up of language learning.

The scheme has been devised by Routes into Languages, a consortium of universities working with schools and colleges across the country. The East branch, led by Anglia Ruskin in partnership with the University of Cambridge, runs projects such as a spelling bee for younger students, language taster days, a Language on Film competition and even LinguaMaths.

Long Road Sixth Form College was invited to take part in this year’s Adopt a Class project whereby a degree-level language student would team up with A level students to make their language learning experience more interesting and relevant. Anthony Wheeler was appointed as our Adopt a Class Student Languages Ambassador, and he came in to meet our students this term.

Anthony explained what was involved in his language degree and how it might help him with his future career. However, the main purpose of his visit was to tell our students about his forthcoming year in Spain as a language assistant and to arrange to write a personalised blog of his experiences. Students discussed with him what they would like to read about and how this could help them with their language learning. Once he returns from Spain, Anthony will visit our students again to talk about his time abroad.

Anthony has not yet received details of his placement: once he does, it will give our students an excellent opportunity to study the history and culture of the location.

Lydia Lapaz, Spanish course team leader, says: “We are extremely grateful to Anglia Ruskin and Cambridge University for giving our students this opportunity. Interest in language learning continues to need encouragement, and the Routes into Languages scheme is an excellent way of inspiring students. ”

Photograph: Anthony (fifth from left, in the pale blue shirt) with our students.