We actively engage with local communities, schools and partner organisations to promote the benefits of modern languages for personal and professional development.

We work with local and national partners to promote and support modern languages in a variety of ways.

Final year secondary school teaching

For students who are interested in becoming teachers we offer a Student Language Teaching module which is available in the final year.

Via this module, students have the opportunity to go into local secondary schools and teach pupils who are learning foreign languages. As a result, our students:

  • gain mentored teaching experience
  • take part in classroom activities
  • observe teaching by professionals
  • generate their own learning materials
  • develop design and deliver secondary school workshops, which contribute towards enhancing participation in modern languages.

Schools taking part in the module:

  • receive classroom support from students trained by the University, Routes into Languages Cymru and Teach First
  • develop a supportive relationship with the School of Modern Languages and its teaching specialists.
  • introduce their pupils to University modern foreign language students who can offer first-hand knowledge and advice to younger pupils.

German AS and A-level classes in partnership with the Goethe-Institut

Two students studying with a German dictionary in the foreground

We have developed a scheme in partnership with the Goethe-Institut to offer German AS and A-level language classes to school students across the central south educational consortia in Wales.

This scheme is a unique opportunity for school students to learn a language which is spoken by nearly 100 million people worldwide.

From September 2016 AS and A-level German classes will be delivered at Cardiff University by a specialist A-level teacher specifically for school students who wish to continue their language learning beyond GCSE level.

In addition to the language skills developed in class, students will also study topics in reference to Germany including:

  • Social issues and trends
  • Political, intellectual and artistic culture
  • Diversity and differences
  • Germany under the occupation and the post-war years

Please see our 'Related downloads' section for further details.

Routes into Languages Cymru

Secondary school pupils
Successful secondary school pupils receive their certificates.

We are the national coordinating institution for Routes into Languages Cymru. Routes into Languages Cymru is a pan-Wales advocacy group for modern languages, funded by four universities in Wales. In its coordinating role, we support the delivery of a student-focussed programme of activities that include:

  • National Year 7 Spelling Bee Competition
  • A Level Film and literature master classes
  • Language advocacy events such as Languages: Your Passport to Success
  • The award-winning ‘Adopt a Class’ scheme which links modern language undergraduates with a Welsh schools whilst on their year abroad.

Student Language Ambassador (SLA) scheme

Student Language Ambassadors and tutors speaking to applicants
Applicants can speak to Student Language Ambassadors at our open days.

Our greatest advocates for language learning are our students. Therefore, we provide an opportunity for our students to become Student Language Ambassadors (SLA) who speak publicly at events, sharing their personal experiences of language learning.

SLAs receive specific training before embarking on the role which can include:

  • Language taster sessions
  • Presenting and promoting the year abroad
  • Supporting School language days and events
  • Promoting modern languages at careers fairs/open days
  • Speaking about the value of modern languages to younger pupils

Modern Foreign Language Student Mentoring Scheme

As part of Welsh Government’s Global Futures Strategy we offer the Modern Foreign Language Student Mentoring Scheme to our undergraduate students.

Global Futures aims to promote modern languages via an innovative partnership scheme between four Welsh universities and four regional educational consortia across Wales.

Pupils in selected secondary schools are mentored by our undergraduates who we have provided with specialist training. When trained the undergraduates go into schools to mentor pupils in small groups of two or three over a period of five weeks.

Student mentoring video - short version

The scheme aims to:

  • raise pupils' educational aspirations
  • improve pupils' motivation and the take-up of modern languages
  • broaden pupils’ horizons in terms of career opportunities and employability.

In its first year, 32 university students mentored 254 pupils, having clear impact not only on the pupils who had been mentored but on whole cohorts within the project schools. Over half of the schools involved in the scheme have reported increased numbers for GCSE classes, including one school where a modern language GCSE class is now due to run for the first time in three years.

The Modern Foreign Language Student Mentoring Scheme is funded by Welsh Government and is pioneering in its partnership working between schools, universities and the wider education sector. The four universities involved in the scheme are Cardiff, Bangor, Aberystwyth and Swansea.

Our events programme

We hold a variety of public events through the year which range from film screenings to poetry performances and practitioner workshops.

Our academic staff often take part in events outside the University where they have the opportunity to promote the School and/or share their research.

Contact us

If you are interested in developing a relationship with us and would like to invite a Student Language Ambassador or member of our academic staff to your school please contact us: