Success For SJR Spanish Students
The Cardinal in college

SJR Year 12 Spanish students have been awarded certificates for completing a project in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University.

The students began the project at the start of the term in September which was to assist an MMU student in their dissertation research project titled Intralingual Dubbing to Enhance Speed, Intonation and Pronunciation in Spanish. The students met weekly to record themselves speaking in Spanish to be used to dub films and TV programmes.

Spanish Tutor, Nuria Monks, said “This opportunity was unique to our students as this was the only college in the area selected to participate. It has been an excellent, fun way for them to practise their speaking and listening skills in addition to their regular studies.”

Now that the partnership with the University’s Flame (Film, Language and Media in Education) research group has been established, similar projects in both Spanish and French are set to run on an annual basis.

It was also important to our Modern Foreign Languages tutors to stress the high demand for Language qualifications in the workplace, as French tutor Victoria Humphreys commented “Students are often unaware of the diverse range of careers that studying a language can open up to them. Especially with additional projects like this on offer at St John Rigby College, which has allowed them to explore their skills in areas they may not have considered before. There is currently a shortage of linguists and an A Level in a Modern Foreign Language is an excellent advantage to have.”

The department’s grades speak for themselves, as there is a 100% pass rate in French and Spanish, with 67% of French students achieving A*-B grades and 78% of Spanish students achieving A*-B grades. Furthermore, 67% of SJR's Modern Foreigh Language students continue their linguistic studies to University level.

One of the students to have completed the project, James Malone said “I think the Spanish Dubbing Project was a unique opportunity, allowing us to access the Spanish culture through film, while improving our intonation and pronunciation in the Spanish Language. I would definitely recommend future projects to anybody interested!”