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Languages for all

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is committed to promoting the study of languages in schools to students from all backgrounds, raising aspirations, and broadening access to Higher Education.

Our widening participation programme is progressive and sustained, giving budding linguists from local schools the opportunity to come to campus and engage with us at three crucial moments in their education: years 8, 10, and 12. We aim to get students from backgrounds under-represented in Higher Education thinking about applying to university. To see if a school or an individual qualfiies for our widening particpation programmes, and to find out more about what is on offer at the university, see here.

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Studying languages at university

Testimonials from some of our current students coming soon!

The year abroad

Our undergraduate degrees are four years long and one of these years is spent abroad. You can find lots of information about the year abroad and read more about our students' experiences here [INSERT LINK}.

Adopt a class

Adopt a Class is a scheme that has run for a number of years linking classes of pupils in primary and secondary schools with university students whilst they are on their year abroad via electronic media such as blogs, skype and emails. It also offers the possibility of creative collaboration between schools and students, leading to the co-creation of bespoke resources for particular classes within a school. The aim of Adopt a Class is to highlight the opportunities that are available for study and work abroad and to increase pupils’ exposure to the joys and challenges of language learning experienced ‘live’ in the host country.

The project has been developed in response to a marked decrease in the number of school trips and exchanges abroad, as well as the decrease in the number of Foreign Language Assistants coming to the UK. We feel school pupils are missing out on some of the key benefits language skills can bring – travelling and meeting people from other countries.

The project here at Warwick has benefited from the involvement of the Warwick Centre for Teacher Education (CTE), and communication between our students and MFL PGCE students is envisaged in the course of the academic year. We are always seeking to enhance our links with local schools and those schools with whom our students have contacts.

For teachers

In 2019 we will be running an event for langauge teachers designed to help support the teaching of texts at A-Level. The event will feature a short session on widening participation. [Upload any resources here.]

Past events

Glastonbury Goes Global, 27 November 2018: students in year 8 from several local schools came to campus to design their own music festival in France, Germany, Italy, or Spain. See below for some photos from the day showing the students with their work:

GGG North Birmingham Academy North Birmingham Academy

GGG Stoke Park Stoke Park School

starbank_1.jpg  Starbank School

GGG Phoenix Collegiate The Phoenix Collegiate

GGG Starbank 2 Starbank School
City of Culture Day, 30 April 2018: Year 8 and Year 9 pupils came to campus to bid for their town to be awarded European City of Culture. Working in small groups they produced posters promoting their town which they presented to judges from France, Germany, Italy or Spain.

Upcoming events

Sutton Scholars, 9 Feburary 2019: see here for more information.

Experience Languages at Warwick, March 2019: students in year 12 are invited to shadow some of our undergraduates for a day. They will attend lectures and seminars, explore the campus, and chat to some of our current undergraduates. There will be a workshop on study skills for university.

Teaching texts at A-Level, April 2019: an event for MFL teachers.

Discovering Languages, June 2019: an on-campus event for students in year 10.

Get in touch

To know more about our events please contact Holly Langstaff: