Cabinet Secretary for Education visits School to launch new collaborative language office
21 September 2017
Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams visited the School of Modern Languages this week to learn more about two new collaborative partnerships which aim to increase and aid the professional development of language teachers in Wales.
This year has seen both the Spanish Embassy Education Office (SEEO) and the Goethe Institut London choose the School of Modern Languages as a location for a satellite office. The aim of the office is to help support students who are learning languages, specifically Spanish and German, and to also increase the uptake of teacher training and professional development in further education colleges and secondary schools across Wales.
Both partnerships are the first of their kind between the organisations and a Welsh Higher Education provider which meant that the event, which took place on Thursday 21 September, was an opportunity to showcase the curriculum support and interactive activities and materials that both organisations will have available to teachers working in Wales.
The presence of two such organisations at the school supports the work of Welsh Government who set out their five year Global Futures strategy in 2015 to help learners in Wales communicate effectively in other languages. The Global Futures strategy also aims to build capacity and support for the professional development of the education workforce enabling them to deliver modern foreign languages effectively from year 5 onwards.
Speaking on behalf of the event Head of School, Professor Rachael Langford said: “We are thrilled to welcome the Spanish Embassy Education Office (SEEO) and the Goethe Institut London to our School. This is an unprecedented collaboration which goes a long way to illustrate the measures that we, and Welsh Government, are putting in place to future proof the learning of modern foreign languages in Wales. We look forward to working with both organisations alongside Welsh Government; developing both our students and the country’s language teachers.”
Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams, said: “I am delighted to celebrate the launch of the Goethe Institut and Spanish Embassy Education Office’s presence at Cardiff University.
We want more of our pupils and learners to recognise the importance of modern foreign languages and the significant life and career opportunities they can provide. Our aim is to improve the learning and teaching experience of modern foreign languages in our schools, to make them subjects that more choose to study at GCSE, A-level and at university.
I want our young people to become global citizens, able to speak to people in other languages and to understand and appreciate their own and other cultures.”