Pupils make visit to university after languages success


Owen Evans

Secondary school pupils have picked up awards for their participation in modern language courses.

Learners at Argoed High School in Mynydd Isa were among about 150 pupils aged 13 to 14 who have enjoyed taster sessions in Galician, Mandarin and sign language at Bangor University.

They were at the university to receive awards at the end of their participation in the Modern Foreign Language Student Mentoring Scheme, which introduces school pupils to the value of studying foreign languages, before they make their GCSE subject choices.

Dr Jonathan Ervine, head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Bangor University said: “I’m delighted to see how the mentoring project has allowed us to work with local schools to boost interest in foreign languages.

“It’s fantastic to hear about the enthusiasm of the mentors as well as the pupils and teachers they have been working with.”

Launched in 2015 by the Welsh Government to combat the ‘serious decline’ in the take up of modern foreign languages by school pupils in Wales, the Scheme has grown in popularity with nine North Wales schools taking part.

Pupils involved in the scheme have attended sessions with their undergraduate mentors designed to highlight the benefits of learning modern languages and the career opportunities they bring.

The mentoring scheme, which is part of Welsh Government’s Global Futures strategy, has seen the language departments of Cardiff, Swansea, Bangor and Aberystwyth universities work together to train undergraduates to become mentors for pupils in local secondary schools.



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