The Centre for English and Additional Languages organised the Additional Languages Extravaganza (TALE) from 21 February to 4 March 2011 to help students develop an awareness of the cultural dimensions of language study. Following on from last year’s success, TALE 2011 again featured a wide range of cultural activities and events, including talks by invited speakers, "hands-on” workshops and film screenings with introductory talks and discussions.
Students were able to try their hands on cooking French and Russian dishes, learn the art of Japanese flower arrangements and take their first steps in Spanish flamenco dancing. Their appetite for travel was whetted by talks on travel and tourist destinations in four language regions. Students were fascinated by the unusual food items of some Latin American countries, and they learned how they could work on organic farms in France.
An eclectic selection of film screenings included: “La Belle et la Bête” (1946) directed by the late French poet, novelist, painter and director Jean Cocteau; “Danzón” (1991) by Mexican director María Novaro; “Tokyo Tower” (2007) by Japanese director Joji Matsuoka; and the Russian movie “Mermaid” (2007) by director Anna Melikya.