MFL Student Mentoring Project

MFL Student Mentoring Project

Project is Open!

Do you speak more than one language, to any proficiency? Do you like working with young people? Do you think openness to other cultures is important? Then this project is for you! 

This project is perfect for students looking for experience of working with young people and for those who are passionate about opening minds to the experiences of other people. The aim of the project is to raise appetite for language learning amongst Year 8 & 9 pupils across Wales by increasing curiosity in other languages, cultures and peoples through mentoring. Importantly, you don’t need to be fluent in a language to participate. The whole point of the project is to show that curiosity and interest in other cultures is what counts – so any proficiency is recognised.

At this moment in time, it is more important than ever to share messages of the benefits of intercultural exchanges and curiosity in other cultures and peoples. The Curriculum for Wales, due to be launching in 2022, challenges us to think about how we support our young people to be ethical and informed citizens of Wales and the world. In this project, we support learners to see themselves as part of a global Welsh community and that offers excellent rewards.

If this sounds interesting to you, then keep reading!

In order to become a mentor you will have to complete an application form to officially apply to the project. Your application will be considered and evaluated and you may be asked to an interview before being accepted to train to become a mentor. Compulsory training is then required so that you have an excellent understanding of:

  • The policy and context for language learning in Wales and the UK
  • Mentoring theory and Skills
  • Multilingual mindsets and engagement
  • Safeguarding
  • The processes involved in the project

All of this is excellent, professional training which will enhance your CV significantly.

Volunteers are also given a bursary through the University to help cover the costs of volunteering, which will be granted on a sliding scale depending on the level of engagement.

As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to use your knowledge of languages to inspire young people and encourage them to learn more about other languages themselves. Don't worry, you aren't required to teach them the language, just to share your passion for it! 

Covid-19 Update:

The project is functioning fully throughout the pandemic. In the place of in-school visits, mentors conduct their mentoring through MS Teams. We train you to deliver this effectively for the ever-changing context. School pupils need our support more than ever and value interaction with a university during this difficult time.

Key Dates:

The normal recruitment periods are: May-September and November-December.

However, if you would like to express interest outside these times please contact: JenkinsL27@cardiff.ac.uk

You can also visit www.mflmentoring.co.uk to find out more information.


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