The 'Proof is in the Pudding' for Students at Richard Huish College

English Language A-level students at Richard Huish College in Taunton had a lot ‘on their plate’ last week when the English Language Team, Sue Morkane, Jo-Ann Sharpless and Marcus Barrett, held the College's second English Language Day event. 

During break time, all 230 English Language students met in the college hall to launch its annual mentoring scheme and to celebrate English Language Day.

The theme this year was the ‘language of making and baking’ and the task set to all English Language A-level students was to think-up as many related phrases, idioms and clichés in ten minutes. The winning group had forty-five of their commonly used expressions accepted including “whisked away”, “cheesed-off” and “big cheese.” The runner-up group with thirty-eight winners were: Alex Coombs, Laura Jameson-Cook, Katy Harris, Jack Halstead, Claire Hancock, Shannon Hughes with runners-up: Felicity Brazington, Chloe Snell, Ellie Barrett, Jenna Angle, Tim Batstone and Jade Beer. Cash prizes were awarded to each person in both groups in a presentation outside the College’s newly re-designed Learning Centre, by English Language teachers Sue Morkane and Marcus Barrett, pictured, with winning students.phrases added to the language soup with “silly sausage”, “the proof is in the pudding” and “easy as pie” along with many others.

Marcus Barrett, Course Manager for English Language, commented: “The linguistic point behind celebrating English Language Day like this is to remind us how our language is built-up from areas of specialist skill – like the language of the kitchen – and just how many such phrases find their way into our own everyday language. We were pleased to be able again to combine the very practical support system which we have developed with our second-year Mentors, with something which promotes the study of the English Language.”

He added: “The English Project chose 13th October as the date for celebrating the language as that was the date when English was first used - rather than French - to open Parliament. At Richard Huish College we have our own way of marking the day – when our students get together for the first time as mentors and mentees. On a lighter note, we did have to exclude a few phrases which we felt didn’t quite make the mark: ‘you can’t get blood out of a turnip’ was felt to be a bit of a mixed, West Country metaphor!