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!
The Modern Foreign Languages Mentoring Project places undergraduates and postgraduates from Cardiff, Swansea, Bangor, and Aberystwyth universities into local schools to mentor pupils and encourage them to consider international languages when choosing their GCSE options. The project has also developed a digital programme which connects seconday school pupils and university students online.
MFL Mentoring encourages the study of international languages at GCSE level and beyond via a programme of face-to-face and online mentoring. They do this by partnering university students with secondary schools across Wales to increase learners' motivation for languages and to raise aspirations for Higher Education. They advocate for all languages, introducing young people to the diversity of languages, cultures, and peoples in our world, igniting their curiosity for language learning and stimulating a sense of global citizenship.
The programme encourages pupils to be curious about all languages and cultures. MFL endorses the idea of a global community as no society is monolingual nor mono-cultural, they aim to demonstrate that globality is a mindset, an outlook and an attitude that is not dependent on actual mobility. It should be open to all, regardless of which language pupils are learning or of their proficiency. By approaching languages in this way, they aim to give pupils agency over their language learning and their sense of personal and global identity.
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