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Queen’s Translation Exchange school workshops adapted for online working

12 June 2020

The Queen’s Translation Exchange (QTE) ambassadors are a team of Modern Languages students from colleges across the University, including Queen’s, who have been finding ways to communicate their enthusiasm for languages to pupils studying languages at school, even during lockdown.

The ambassadors joined up with QTE at the beginning of the academic year, and have received training to go into local primary and secondary schools to deliver creative translation workshops in a range of languages.

Any pupil can take part in a creative translation workshop, whether or not they have any knowledge of the language being translated.

The ambassadors were due to go into schools across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to share their workshops with young language-learners this term but this was sadly not possible. Instead, a selection of workshops have been adapted for pupils to access at home.

With support from QTE’s partner, the Stephen Spender Trust, the ambassadors have created video versions of their workshops, in which they show viewers how creative translation can be, and talk them through the process of forming their own translations. We wanted to make the experience as close as possible to receiving a workshop in school, so in these online versions, pupils can see the ambassadors as they talk through the various stages of the translation, and also get to hear a little about why they love studying languages.

We hope that pupils currently unable to engage with languages in their classrooms will be able to get a taste of the excitement of reading, writing and translation from these workshops, produced so brilliantly from home by the QTE ambassadors.

The ambassadors:

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