Our mentors are passionate about languages and the importance of intercultural communication.

Our mentors believe strongly in the benefits of learning languages, and speak about their own language journey in order to demonstrate to pupils the uniqueness and vibrancy of each individuals language path.

What do I need to be a mentor?

Mentors need to be able to manage their time, organise themselves appropriately, communicate effectively and be flexible to the challenges of working in the school environment.

What do I get out of being a mentor?

Second-to-none professional experience, a supportive management team, the sense of being part of a community with a shared mindset, engagement with local community and the sense of having a greater purpose.

What do other mentors say?

“During the mentoring journey seeing the children realise the importance and actually want to take a language as a GCSE helped show me that the children we mentor are the next generation of linguists which helped with my decision to be a teacher.”

“Along with the great benefits this experience has for my own confidence (and CV), I think the scheme is a brilliant opportunity for young people to continue developing their languages and consider university education.”

“A key moment for me was when the mentees finally recognised the importance of the languages they already speak but that they don’t consider to be significant i.e. Welsh. This highlights the importance of every language.”

“Working to bridge gaps and build bridges empowered me as an individual a time of great social and political uncertainty.”

How can I become a mentor?

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor with the MFL Mentoring project, please contact our National Coordinator Lucy Jenkins via JenkinsL27@cardiff.ac.uk or using our contact page.