Modern foreign language student mentoring
The Modern Foreign Languages Student Mentoring Scheme was launched in 2015.
The scheme places undergraduates from Cardiff, Swansea, Bangor and Aberystwyth universities into local schools to mentor pupils and encourage them to consider modern foreign languages when choosing their GCSE options.
The aims of the project are to:
- raise the profile of modern foreign languages in the partner secondary schools with a view to increasing the number of pupils taking one or more foreign languages at GCSE
- broaden the horizons of pupils in KS3 by highlighting career and mobility opportunities available to those with language skills
- raise expectations, improve motivation and strengthen the persistence and personal resilience of pupils studying modern languages
- offer classroom experience to those modern language undergraduate students hoping to undertake a PGCE course.
The student mentors are formally trained during a weekend in early October at the School of Modern Languages. They are then placed into schools to mentor small groups of Year 9 pupils for a maximum of three hours, one day per week for eight weeks (four weeks in Semesters 1 and 2).
How to apply
Student applications for the role of Student Mentor 2017-2018 are now closed. For 2017-2018 a bursary of £400 was available for all students who took part in the scheme.