York visit for Harrogate pupils

St John Fisher pupils in York (s)
St John Fisher pupils in York (s)

Language students at St John Fisher High School tested their skills at an activities day in York.

The city’s St John University invited the teen translators to a day involving language taster activities.

The University’s Mizumi Nango spoke on the subject of ‘Why Study Languages’ before the students took on the activities.

The first, Japanese, involved the pupils counting up to ten as they threw a ball to each other.

The Japanese theme continued with the students making jumping frogs in origami and gaining an insight into Japanese characters.

York St John’s Stuart Gilliland tested students in the second session, communicating by sign language for the first half an hour before revealing he was in fact a hearing person.

The students then began learning the signing alphabet and how to exchange simple facts about themselves.

St John Fisher students have been studying Latin at school, so the third activity revolved around this classic language.

This was followed by a tour through the essential points of Latin grammar.

They then got the chance to read an extract of Harry Potter in Latin.

Head of the Languages Department at St John Fisher, Russell Pearce said, “The day was an excellent opportunity for our students to experience the range of possibilities for studying languages at university and opened their eyes to the importance of linguists for the British economy.

“On a lighter note, it was great fun and they were, as ever, a credit to themselves and the school.”