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Modern Languages Taster Day 2017



A day for Years 10 and 11 to encourage studying Modern Languages at university.

In a growing global economy, based on efficient communication and intercultural exchange, the ability to speak more than one language has never been more important. A Modern Languages degree not only develops language skills to the highest level, but offers the possibility to explore and understand other cultures, through their history, writing, art, film, thinking and language development. Studying a language at university is not just an intellectual endeavour but also develops many skills highly valued by employers, including the chance to spend a year in another part of the world.

Girton College and the Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages will be running a Taster Day aimed at pupils who are currently studying Modern Languages at GCSE, aimed at introducing the study of these courses at university level. The programme, which will take place at Girton College, will include workshops by University academics designed to inspire and enthuse Year 10 and 11 students who will already be considering languages within their A Level choices and possibly studying this vibrant subject at university.


The day will:

  • Encourage students to keep and develop their interest in Modern Languages
  • Demonstrate the value of studying these subjects at university
  • Seek to allay any fears about starting a language ‘from scratch’ at university
  • Inform them about their A Level choices and how this will affect their university applications


Students will have the opportunity to meet with current undergraduate languages students, and experience both culture and language workshops in a language of their choosing. There is no cost to attend the event. Lunch is provided, but we regret we are unable to cover travel expenses or offer overnight accommodation.

We would like to invite schools and colleges to nominate up to two students for our Taster Day in Modern Languages open to students currently in Year 10 or 11 at schools in the UK. Please find further information and the nomination forms here:


When nominating students please note that:

  • Students must be nominated by their schools, with no more than two nominations per school, using the official nomination form.
  • Students should be taking a GCSE in Modern Languages and be on track to achieve good GCSE scores, with an intention to study Languages at A Level.
  • Students do not need to be studying the language of the workshop they wish to attend, except for the French and Spanish language workshops.
  • Please would teachers first check that nominated students are available to attend the Taster Day.
  • The nominated school contact above will be informed by email of the successful nominations. Nominating a student is not a guarantee that they will be given a place. Previously we have received an overwhelming number of nominations. Places will not be allocated on a first come first basis but rather will be based on Widening Participation criteria, including the background of the school and the youth participation rate of the local area in Higher Education (POLAR3 data from the Higher Education Funding council. More information on this can be found at http://www.hefce.ac.uk/analysis/yp/POLAR/).

For any queries please contact the Schools Liaison Officer, Frances Ballaster Harriss on JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING


Please note that nominations for the Modern Languages Taster Day 2017 have now closed. Please check back to this page in Autumn 2018 for further details of the Modern Languages Taster Day 2018.