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Students describe living “la vida Shirebrook” as their Spanish video scoops top language prize

10th July 2017

Students describe living “la vida Shirebrook” as their Spanish video scoops top language prize

Four Shirebrook teenagers who made a video describing a typical day in their life completely in Spanish have beaten a host of Nottinghamshire schools to a university’s language prize.

Students Angel Robinson, Emmie Lynch, Paris Kuncyusz and Lexa Nussey, from Shirebrook Academy, used the two -minute film to demonstrate their Spanish-speaking ability after they were invited to submit an entry to the Modern Languages Literacy, Poetry and Song competition being run by the University of Nottingham’s School of Education.

The video, which took the girls a week to film, narrate and edit, shows the viewers what they get up to over the course of a typical weekday, from getting out of bed and eating breakfast to hanging out with friends and playing or watching football.

The girls, who are all 13, entered the competition, which was open to schools in Nottingham and across the county, alongside fellow Shirebrook students Ben Madeley and Cyprian Horbal, who produced a Spanish poem about Spain.

Ben and Cyprian also made it to the finals of the competition, which was judged by language professors at the University and languages PGCE students, but the girls went one better, winning the Spanish category of the contest outright.

Emmie said: “We decided to do a video because it would be different to what everyone was doing and we wanted to use the Spanish that we have learned throughout the year to show a personal insight into our lives at the same time.

“We had a lot of help along the way but didn’t think much of the video until we were told during assembly that we’d won, which was really exciting. The school also showed our video to the whole of the assembly which we were really nervous about beforehand and really proud of afterwards.

“We all study Spanish and French and have all used our Spanish when we’re on holiday in Spain so we appreciate how useful it is. It’s also really important to speak a foreign language because it sets you apart from other people if you can say that you are bilingual.”

James Edwards, head of modern foreign languages at the school, said: “The girls all displayed a tremendous amount of dedication, creativity and linguistic skill in their video and to beat so many schools to the first place is amazing and very well deserved.

“It’s wonderful that they recognise how useful learning a foreign language is. We have spent a lot of time in school showing how speaking another language can open up opportunities in all areas of your life and I’m delighted that they have taken that on board.”


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