Successful launch of the Modern and Medieval Languages Taster Day


This October, Girton College launched successfully a new initiative - a Modern and Medieval Languages Taster Day.

Responding to the decline in recent years of uptake of Modern Languages at GCSE, A-level and degree level, the aim of the Taster Day was to inspire students in years 10 and 11 to further their language study to A-levels and beyond. The Admissions Team and Modern and Medieval Languages (MML) Fellows were delighted to receive a staggering number of almost 200 student nominations from schools right across the UK; unfortunately it was impossible to invite them all but it was fantastic to see almost 70 budding linguists at Girton on the day.

The students were welcomed by Jocelyn Wyburd, Director of the Languages Centre at the University of Cambridge, who spoke about how studying languages boosts cognitive skills and increases employability in a competitive job market; she was followed by Dr Hannah Scott, Fellow in French, who introduced the exciting possibilities of degree level language study, including the Year Abroad and the option to pick up a new language.

The attendees also had the chance to follow their own interests and attend a cultural workshop on History, Linguistics, Film or Art and Literature, demonstrating that learning a language is more than vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. After lunch, a range of language workshops allowed some students the chance to practice their skills in French or Spanish while others sampled a new language chosen from Italian, Portuguese or Hebrew.

The day concluded with some advice on A-level choices and the chance to grill some current MML undergraduates on life as a language student.

The College expresses its gratitude to all the colleagues and students who helped make the day a success, and to the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages for their generous financial support.




For more information, please visit:

Modern and Medieval Languages - Girton College

Open Days - Girton College

Fellows and Teaching Officers in Modern and Medieval Languages and related subjects - Girton College

Supporting Your Students - Girton College

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages - University of Cambridge


Published: 9 November 2015