Royal Grammar School




Linguists from Years 10 and the Sixth Form have both spent time at the Tyneside Cinema recently where they were involved in language-based film events.

Newcastle's Tyneside Cinema regularly hold film-based learning events which feature a film screening in a foreign language, activities and a workshop, all centred around the screening and in the language of that film.

Our Sixth Form linguists watched Ocho Apellidos Vascos (Spanish Affair), which is a comic tale of a forward, quick-witted Andalusian seeking to win the heart of a somewhat spikey Basque girl. There were some funny takes on well-known Spanish stereotypes, regional identities and cultural contrasts between the south and the north. 

The whole event was in Spanish from start to finish and involved small group work before and after the screening led by student ambassadors from Newcastle University

Similar to the Sixth Form linguists, our Year 10 students spent time prior to their film screening doing activities all in Spanish, providing them with some super opportunities to develop their speaking skills. Their film was El Olivo (The Olive Tree), which was a deeply moving human story of the broken and unbroken bonds between generations.

Both events provided our students with an excellent opportunity to develop their language skills thanks to the support of the student ambassadors from Newcastle University, and were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.