About us

MFL Student Mentoring aims to broaden the horizons of learners in years 8 and 9, opening their eyes to the opportunities that modern foreign languages can offer, in secondary education, higher education, and beyond. The project is an innovative collaboration between four Welsh Universities – Aberystwyth, Bangor, Swansea and Cardiff – funded by Welsh Government as part of its Global Futures strategy.

Take a look at the following video to see what the project means to the pupils, teachers and mentors involved.

In an increasingly diverse and global world, our young people will need to be equipped with a wide-range of skills in order to fulfil their potential to the fullest. Language is an indispensable skill, and is likely to become increasingly valuable in a globalising world. Regardless of desired career path, young people need to be able to communicate effectively and learning a language enables them to do this.

Proven to benefit and improve literacy skills and cognition, language learning is a skill which can be transferred beyond the classroom and improve a young person’s everyday life. It increases understanding of other cultures, it boosts tolerance, it deepens compassion and promotes a positive outlook towards difference.

Our digital platform Digi-Languages was designed to help our message reach more geographically remote areas of Wales. This platform displaces the traditional language-specific learning model and instead focuses on ‘Who do we think we are?’ and ‘Where do we come from?’ as springboards for learning. The aim is to allow young people to ask questions and become curious about their place within their global community.