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UEA Language Week

UEA Language Week

Another busy week ahead for the team at Future Radio and this week we are delighted to announce that we will be broadcasting a series of features created by students from UEA’s School of Language and Communication Studies in our Language Week.  

A few months ago Future Radio was contacted by the School in its bid to help their students gain practical experience related to their studies, and to engage and develop projects with the local community. The ‘Engagement Workshops’ were born out of this wish, and targeted second year students in particular. When Tutors got in touch with us here at Future Radio we were very keen to work with the students and we agreed that the best way to proceed would be to have students produce very short French, Spanish and Japanese lessons (as these are the languages UEA teach at degree level), and that these “ lessons” would be  aired during a special  ’Language week’. Future Radio intern Danny Wilson, who is himself a Media student on a placement with us from HuddersfieldUniversity, has worked hard with the group of students to produce these language features and has also gained valuable experience in doing so: “ Its been great getting this opportunity to work alongside other students.. My role has been to show students how to use the radio studios and equipments, record their lessons and then edit them ready for broadcast. In the sessions I showed them how to use the editing tools, which fader was which and how to use the controls. I showed the students how far away the should be from the mic, where to speak into and got them to talk loud and clearly which was sometimes a challenge but fun none-the –less!”

A lot of students wanted to participate, and here is what one of them said afterwards:

“For this project, our group wrote and recorded five podcasts, one for each of  us, on some basic but useful things to know whilst on a trip to France: the greetings, how to ask for touristic information, how to book a hotel room or a train ticket and some advice on French cuisine. We all enjoyed this experience  greatly and were glad to have the opportunity to use our French language skills for a practical purpose, whose results we can actually see, well, listen to. Moreover, it was very interesting to see how a radio station is and works”.

Language Week on Future Radio can be heard all this week on the Norwich Today Show which is broadcast Monday – Friday 12-2pm on 107 .8FM or online at

Kate Roma

Acting Station Manager


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