We are delighted to offer Outreach sessions for schools covering a wide range of topics taught in our department, from literature and history to film and popular culture. Sessions will be delivered by staff from across the subjects we teach, including French, Italian, German, Chinese and Hispanic Studies as well as Film Studies.
We are always happy to hear from schools who are interested in working with our Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we unfortunately cannot visit schools or offer on-campus sessions at this moment in time. However please check out the online outreach videos that we have created to keep classes excited to learn more about languages, cultures, and film. We hope that you find these online resources beneficial and we look forward to providing face to face school sessions again soon.
Engaging sessions from our expert lecturers and student ambassadors
In addition to original sessions from our talented team of lecturers we also offer more general, motivational talks on the value of studying languages and cultures at university as well as career opportunities for Modern Languages graduates. Motivational talks are also offered by our brilliant ‘Student Language and Culture Ambassadors’, final-year undergraduates whose insights and tips on everything from preparing for the Year Abroad to studying a new language from scratch are always a big hit with school-age students. In order to highlight what it’s like learning a completely new language, student ambassadors incorporate introductory tasters into their sessions on languages your students will not have studied before.
Sessions tailored to your class
Our Outreach sessions will give participants a taste of what it’s like to study languages and cultures at the University of Liverpool. They are primarily aimed at GCSE and A level students, though some may be modified to appeal to younger participants.
Our aims are to:
- Provide all secondary-school students with the chance to study key topics taught within Modern Languages & Cultures
- Forge lasting connections between the University of Liverpool’s Modern Languages & Cultures department and schools around Merseyside and beyond
- Assist in the development of critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills
- Encourage young people to enjoy studying languages and cultures, and to consider further education in the arts and humanities
We currently expect that most sessions will only be offered online in 2020/21, although we will review this situation regularly and will offer face-to-face sessions as soon as conditions allow.
We hope that teachers will feel free to choose sessions on languages and cultures that their students might not have studied before as well as on topics they are already studying. Most sessions can be adapted to suit students with varying levels of proficiency in a particular language or none at all.
Modern Languages Sessions
Staff from across MLC are able to offer motivational talks on the importance of Modern Languages and what studying languages at university entails. These sessions can be adapted according to requirements (i.e. language groupings or age groups), but may include taster sessions, quizzes, student presentations and/or information on languages and careers.
Sessions may focus on individual languages for specific groups (e.g. French, Spanish or German) or discuss the benefits of Modern Languages more broadly.
Find out more
We are committed to flexibility, and so we are more than willing to tailor-make courses, afternoon activities or events to suit the needs of your students.
Let us know what you would like and we will do our very best to provide it. Contact us for more information, to register initial interest or to discuss delivery of Modern Languages sessions in your school in whatever form works for you.
Contact our Outreach Lead Dr Sizen Yiacoup for more information.