Outreach events in the School of Modern Languages
We are committed to supporting and promoting the learning of languages to pupils of all ages and from all backgrounds. We offer a range of opportunities for young people to engage with students and academics in the School of Modern Languages and discover what it is like to study languages at Bristol.
Events in 2019
Key Stage 3 Language Afternoon
Pupils in Years 7 and 8 are invited to visit the University for a chance to learn a new language and ask current undergraduates about their experience of studying languages at Bristol.
GCSE Languages Conference
Students in Years 9-11 are invited to attend a day of language taster sessions and talks at the University to learn about the value of learning languages beyond GCSE. Participants will have the chance to learn a new language, meet current undergraduates and hear a discussion panel on career options with a language degree.
A-Level Language Film Lectures
Students who are studying French, German or Spanish A-Level are invited to visit the University of Bristol for an afternoon of film lectures with an academic member of staff. Past discussions have been on the following films: La Haine, El laberinto del Fauno, Das Leben der Anderen, Volver, Goodbye Lenin! and Burnt by the Sun. Participants will have the chance to ask current undergraduates questions about what it is like to study languages at university.
Bespoke School Visits
Our enthusiastic and talented team of PhD Tutors are happy to visit schools and talk to students about studying languages at university and to deliver language taster workshops.
Year Abroad Blogs
While on their Year Abroad, our Third Year language students keep a blog and would be happy to share their experiences with secondary-school students. An ideal way of promoting languages beyond the classroom – and a great potential tool for teaching!
Modern Languages Poetry Festival: Celebrating diversity and difference
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. 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.”
Insight to French Theatre
Students in Year 9 from Oasis Academy 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.