On 4 July this year, Swansea University hosted the Routes Cymru National Final of the Spelling Bee 2018 on its Singleton Park Campus, with about 80 pupils from 38 schools across Wales in attendance. We were thrilled to welcome these talented pupils and inspiring teachers who had been working so hard since September to represent their schools at the Final –the crème de la crème amongst the more than 4,800 pupils who registered for the competition back in the autumn! The event brought to a close the annual competition designed to support Year 7 students studying French, German, Spanish and Welsh Second Language in schools all over Wales.
The high-profile grand finale was organised jointly by Swansea’s Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting Department and Routes into Languages Cymru, a pan-Wales collaborative outreach project aiming to raise the profile of Modern Languages at a national level, with British Council Wales and the European Commission in Wales as partners. Representatives from the Spanish Embassy Education Office and the Goethe-Institut were also in attendance.
Swansea University’s role within Routes Cymru has been increasingly prominent, not only in hosting this year’s Spelling Bee Final but also in the Welsh government-funded Routes Language Ambassadors Scheme (which sends our language students to schools in order to promote languages) and the Lingo Map website, an online platform where our students blog during their year abroad for the benefit of schools preparing pupils for their GCSEs and AS/A Levels. We are already looking forward to working what Routes Cymru next year!
Find some pictures of #SpellBeeCymru18 here: