Selby College continues to nurture linguists of the future

Following the success of last year’s masterclasses, once again top-performing Selby College has welcomed students from Selby High School’s Modern Foreign Languages department, as well as groups from Brayton Academy and Holy Family Catholic High School to take part in a series of revision classes ahead of their GSCE exams.

Selby High School selected 10 Spanish and five French students who have shown particular promise in lessons to attend the college workshops during February and March.

The school’s involvement was organised and delivered by Selby College Language Lecturers Kaitlin Sobieski and Heather Lister, who is also the college’s Teaching and Learning Manager.

The students have had the opportunity to use Selby College’s state-of-the-art Language Lab to hone their listening, reading and oral skills ahead of their external examinations in May.

The students worked on their listening, reading and oral strategies in various contexts including modern technology and healthy living. They were also given a preview of the 
A-Level topics they would study which include aspects of Spanish and French-speaking society and artistic culture, such as family and relationships, digital technology, cinema and music. The group also got to experience the college’s facilities, including the Learning Resource Centre.

Kaitlin, who ran all three Spanish sessions, commented, “I really enjoyed the sessions; the students were well prepared, knowledgeable for their level and happy to be challenged linguistically”.

Heather who delivered the French sessions remarked that the students were a real credit.

The students who took part told Selby High School’s Curriculum Area Leader for MFL, Rebecca Harwood and the college staff that they gained a lot from the sessions and feel they have improved their exam techniques and strategies.

Rebecca added: “A massive thank you for the masterclasses the college have put on. The students have given us nothing but positive feedback about them and have said how useful it has been concentrating on examination skills using past papers.”

The local college also hosted three sessions of each language for Year 11 students from Holy Family Catholic High School and Year 10 and 11 from Brayton Academy.

Heather Lister, said of the Brayton Academy masterclass students: “The students were really lovely. They were keen and eager to learn, a pleasure to teach and a credit to the school.”

Both the college and local schools hope to be able to run the masterclasses for the 2017/18 academic year.

Published: Tuesday 11 Apr 2017