PUPILS at a school in York took a break from French, Spanish and German. Fulford School in York hosted an Alternative Languages Day for Year 10 students, giving them the opportunity to learn more about languages on offer at universities.

As well as taster sessions in Japanese, Mandarin and Greek, students participated in a collection of Japanese cultural activities like taiko drumming, calligraphy and origami.

The Alternative Languages Day aimed to broaden the appeal of languages. It was funded by York St John University and Routes Into Languages, a government fund aimed at promoting modern foreign languages.