Fresh, Flashy and Fun - interactive online resources to
inspire language learners from the National Network for
The National Network
for Interpreting (NNI) is part of the wider Routes
into Languages initiative. Through its ten regional
consortia and two national networks (Interpreting and
Translation) the programme aims to promote language study
from Key Stage 4 onwards and to encourage young people to value
language skills and appreciate how important these are to our
economy and our future.The two networks also have a more specific
aim: to address the current shortage of English mother tongue
interpreters and translators.
The NNI is led by the University of Leeds and works in
partnership with the universities of Bath, Salford and Westminster.
Our partnership has worked alongside schools and colleges, other
universities, CILT and the LLAS and both national and international
employers such as the NHS, several UK police forces, the EU and the
We have organised everything from small careers talks and taster
sessions to large scale events for hundreds of students. Altogether
our activities have allowed us to reach over 10,000 people, ranging
from Year 8s wondering whether a language GCSE is for them to
professionals looking to add to their skills.
However, running events is only one part of what we do. The main
legacy we expect to leave behind when our project ends in March
next year, is the media-rich and interactive National Network for
How it is organised
The website provides a wealth of bite-size and engaging online
resources aimed at inspiring language learners.These have been
proven to appeal to and inform our target audiences and enhance
language teaching in the classroom.
Our award-winning online resources take the interaction with our
target audience one step further by providing free access to a wide
range of relevant and contextualised interviews with professional
language service providers and users. In addition, visitors to our
website can engage with numerous interactive resources, games,
quizzes and tasks featuring a variety of languages.
Our experience over the last three years has shown that
interpreting can be a very effective tool in motivating and
inspiring young students to look at languages in a different light.
It may be a high level skill but it can also be broken down very
effectively. It is exciting, interesting and fun; the perfect
example of a career with languages. Interpreting has also proven to
be an excellent starting point for working on numerous highly
transferable skills: public speaking, analytical skills, teamwork,
professionalism, ethical behaviour and general knowledge to mention
but a few. As a result, interpreting is relevant to our varied
audiences as these skills link in with their studies at all
Using this model
Feedback from our users has been overwhelmingly positive; our
interactive resources have recently been commended at international
level for effective use of video for learning and teaching purposes
and for outstanding instructional design.
So why not visit us now and discover these fresh, flashy and fun
materials for yourself?