Students 'on task' at the GCHQ offices in Manchester, as part of a languages trip in December 2022

Year 9 GCHQ Language Trip ( Published: 12/12/2022)

Thirty Year 9 students took part in a GCHQ language trip, to promote language learning and heritage language careers.

GCHQ is the UK’s intelligence, security and cyber agency, who’s mission is to help keep the country safe. In doing so, GCHQ employs resources such as language experts, in order to decode messages, phone calls, emails and much more. Our hosts organised an ‘intelligence mission’, where students were required to use their language skills.

By attending the GCHQ language trip, students had the opportunity to see practical aspects of career-based languages, using a variety of languages including Spanish, French, German and Mandarin across different skills and different levels. This represented a fantastic opportunity for students to utilise the language(s) they are learning in school.

We enjoyed inviting The East Manchester Academy, along with other high schools from the Greater Manchester area, to our offices at Heron House last week for lots of fun challenges. Whether it’s a new language they learn, or a heritage language they speak at home, we hope we were able to show pupils the benefits of being able to speak different languages, and hope that it will encourage them to study languages further.
GCHQ Language Outreach Team

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