Hundreds of youngsters got a crash course in eight languages at an event aimed at halting the dramatic decline in numbers of Welsh students studying a foreign language.
Pupils got a rough guide to countries on every continent and a beginner’s guide to their languages including Chinese, Japanese, French, Polish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian at the two-day summer school at St David’s Catholic Sixth Form College in Cardiff.
The annual event attracted more than 200 year 8 and year 10 pupils from schools in South Wales. It aims to encourage these learners to continue to study languages throughout their lives.
The most recent figures show a dramatic decline in the number of Welsh teenagers studying a foreign language. Since 2006, foreign language study has halved across Wales’ schools and colleges.
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