Study abroad video diaries
An image from Deian Timms' video diary
The School is delighted to announce the launch of its Study Abroad Video Diaries. These are intended to highlight the importance of study abroad in terms of personal development, intellectual and academic education and the acquisition of vocational skills for future careers and employability.
Four students kindly volunteered to assist in the first phase of videos during their study abroad in 2010-11. Hannah Burch (French and Italian) studied in Nantes and Pisa; Rowena Morgan (German and Language Studies) in Hamburg; Laura Oliver (French and English Literature) in Montpellier; and Deian Timms (Spanish) in Granada. The students filmed their reflections and discussed their plans before departing for their study abroad destinations.
They captured life as a visiting student at a host university or as a British Council assistant at a school, as well as their extra-curricular activities beyond their everyday studies and work commitments. Finally, they completed their filming upon return to the UK and before embarking on their final year of study in Cardiff, and reflect upon how the study abroad experience has contributed to their awareness of the target culture, their command of the target language, and broader skills that will help them in their ongoing study and careers.
The School would like to thank the four undergraduates for their contribution to this resource. At a time when Wales and the United Kingdom needs to reassess urgently its educational provision and cultural attitude to Modern Foreign Languages, it is hoped that these Study Abroad Video Diaries will serve as an encouraging resource to motivate students and parents alike to consider the wide and exciting opportunities offered by Cardiff University’s BA programmes in Modern Languages. They have been made for students by students, and contribute yet another argument to the compelling case to place Modern Languages at the centre of our personal, professional and national life.