Outreach events in the School of Modern Languages
We're passionate about giving school students of all ages opportunities to explore, learn and get enthused about studying Modern Languages at Bristol.
Upcoming events in 2019
Foreign Language Spelling Bee - ongoing
The Spelling Bee is a national competition coordinated by Routes into Languages for students in Year 7 to practise and improve their vocabulary, spelling and memory skills in French, German or Spanish. If you are a state school in the Bristol area, then you may be eligible for sponsorship by the University of Bristol to enter the competition. For more information, visit the Foreign Language Spelling Bee website.
GCSE Languages Conference - 6 March 2019
An opportunity for students in Year 9, 10 and 11 to find out what it is like to study a language at degree level. Participants will attend language taster workshops led by academic staff, learn about the Year Abroad and career options for language students, and meet former and current language undergraduates from Bristol.
Insight into French theatre - 3 April 2019
Students in Year 9 and 10 are invited to the University to learn about French history and language through the medium of theatre. Participants will take part in a discussion about the French play Tartuffe, including how to adapt it to a modern context, and will have the chance to tour and view artefacts at the University of Bristol's Theatre collection. This event would benefit students who are studying French, English or Drama at GCSE.
A-Level film discussions - Summer 2019
A-Level students studying French, German or Spanish are invited to visit the School of Modern Languages to discuss a film that they are studying with an academic member of staff. Students will also get the chance to visit our Multimedia Centre, meet current undergraduate students and find out what it is like to study a language degree at the University.
Films that have been discussed in the past are: El Laberinto del Fauno, La Haine, Das Leben der Anderen and Volver and Burnt by the sun.
A French teacher from Bristol Cathedral Choir School said about this event: “It was very interesting for the students to be treated as they would at university in the context of a language lecture and to reflect in more depth on La Haine. I would hope that this insight would make them consider further language studies and inform their future film watching.”
Past events from 2018
Modern Languages Poetry Festival: Celebrating diversity and difference
Pupils attend a day of workshops, talks and poetry readings at the University and have the chance to meet current undergraduates who are studying a language degree. At the end of the day, participants are invited to enter a Foreign Language Poetry Competition. Here is what some students from Gordano School said about the event:
“I enjoyed learning that you could do a language and an arts subject. This may be a thing that I will consider in the future.”
“I was very interested when the university students read poems in foreign languages and then translated it into English, this inspired me to write more poems since the poems they read were fascinating. I also enjoyed looking around the University.”