Ana Sevilla-Merino, Spanish Teaching Fellow in the Skills Centre,has successfully secured £3,183 from the LTEbox Santander Technology Fund for a two year project. The aim of this project is to explore the use of broadcasting media, through the creation of a weekly one-hour Spanish Radio programme, to enhance language learning and intercultural awareness for students.

Commenting on the award, Ana Sevilla-Merino said:

"We are delighted to have been given this opportunity to explore new and creative approaches to learning and teaching for languages. Engaging students in the design and delivery of a radio programme is going to open up new opportunities for them to develop their language skills and consider the cultural issues and context more widely. We are keen to promote language skills more to our student community to contribute more to their future employability."

How students will participate

Students will produce materials in the target language integrating the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), and apply them to the managing and running of the radio programme. This will provide them with an opportunity to stretch and develop their language skills as they will be required to consider timetables, resources and content. This will also offer an excellent opportunity for students to develop transferable skills, over and above the basics of the language they are learning in support of their future employability.

The content will be based on Hispanic issues and those of particular interest to those students studying here at the University of Bath. The project will also feed in to the TDF-funded project within foreign languages supporting Peer Assisted Learning (PAL).

Project team

This project is a collaboration between the Skills Centre (foreign languages) and POLIS. The team comprises:

Dr Sandrine Alegre, Senior Teaching Fellow, POLIS (French) Dr Irene Macias, Senior Teaching Fellow, POLIS (Spanish) Isabella Stefanutti, Head, Skills Centre (Foreign Languages) Veronique Davis, Course Leader, Skills Centre (Foreign Languages)