Outreach events in the School of Modern Languages

We offer a range of opportunities for young people of all ages and from all backgrounds to engage with students and academics in the School of Modern Languages and discover what it is like to study languages at Bristol.

Schools and Colleges Newsletter

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Virtual Platform of Outreach resources

We have created an online platform of resources for students from Year 11-13. Register your interest here to gain access to academic taster sessions and to student support sessions on finance, student experience, study skills, and live engagement opportunities with current undergraduate students.

Online resources for teachers 

Online taster lectures given by academic staff on aspects of French, German, Spanish, Russian and Italian language and culture.

The online Literary Encyclopaedia has decided to make its materials available freely to all schools in the UK and Ireland. This would be appropriate for sixth forms looking for material relevant to English and Modern Foreign Languages. For more information go to: https://www.litencyc.com/php/colleges.php 

Arts and Humanities resources: https://tinyurl.com/yyz2b42u. This list focuses mainly on resources created by or with UK universities and is material which is written in a targeted way as educational resources e.g. has a lesson plan or is directed at a particular school subject or key stage. For more information, please e-mail jengrove1@GMAIL.COM

Cambridge Collaborative A-Level Resources for Languages This link includes a videoed lecture on 'Barbara' by Dr. Debbie Pinfold from the German Department at Bristol.

Past events

The events below are likely to be repeated in the future. More information will be announced in our schools and colleges newsletter.

Explore New Options in the Arts. April 2021

Students in Year 12 joined current staff and students at Bristol to find out about Joint Honours degrees with Languages, including Law, Politics, Philosophy, History, International Business Management and other Arts subjects. For more information, visit the event webpage: http://www.bris.ac.uk/study/outreach/post-16/explore-new-options-in-arts-and-social-sciences/

A-Level Language Webinars. February-March 2021

We hosted a series of webinars in February and March 2021 for A-Level students studying languages. Academic staff, alumni and students at Bristol answered questions about what it is like to study languages at university, the year abroad, and what careers you can do with a languages degree. 3 events covered films on the A-Level syllabus: Pan's Labyrinth, La Haine, and Lives of Others. Here is what some students said about the events:

  • "I enjoyed the readiness of the academics and students to answer questions and their obvious passion for their subjects. I enjoyed the engaging delivery of the webinar and the background information about the film"
  • "All questions that were addressed were thoroughly answered in a clear manner. It was also very easy to ask questions. Having input from past students was very helpful especially since they both had very different careers. Overall, it was very informative and useful."

GCSE Languages Conference. March 2019

Students in Years 9-11 attended a day of language taster sessions and talks to learn about the value of learning languages beyond GCSE. Participants had the chance to learn a new language, meet current undergraduates and hear a discussion panel on career options with a language degree.

Key Stage 4 Roadshows 2018-2019

Our enthusiastic and talented team of PhD Tutors and Student Ambassadors visited schools for talks and language taster workshops to Years 9-10.

Modern Languages Poetry Festival 2018

Year 8 pupils attended a day of workshops, talks and poetry readings at the University and were invited to take part in a Foreign Language Poetry Competition. A student from Gordano School said this about the event:

“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.”

Insight to French Theatre 2018

Year 9 students visited the University of Bristol's Theatre Collection to view some archival documents from Molière's classic play Tartuffe, and how it can be adapted to the modern stage.

Year 7 Spelling Bee 2018

Bristol sponsored 10 schools to take part in a national Foreign Language Spelling Bee, with 4 sponsored students reaching the regional finals. More information about the competition can be found here: http://www.flsb.co.uk/

Outreach contact

For more information, please e-mail languages-outreach@bristol.ac.uk

Year 9 students from Oasis Academy comparing archives for the classic French comedy 'Tartuffe' at the University's Theatre Collection
Year 9 students from Oasis Academy comparing archives for the classic French comedy ’Tartuffe’ at the University’s Theatre Collection
Year 10 students from Sir Thomas Rich's School at the GCSE Languages Conference
Year 10 students from Sir Thomas Rich's School at the GCSE Languages Conference
Year 9 and 10 students enjoying an Italian taster session at the GCSE Languages Conference
Year 9 students enjoying an Italian taster session at the GCSE Languages Conference
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