Castilla y León: Lewis.

Author: Lewis Hacker
Published: 10th May 2019

Working in Castilla y León as part of MFL Mentoring and Cardiff’s Student Teaching module has enriched my final year experience at Cardiff University. It has provided me with the necessary professional development going forward after graduating and has given me the confidence to pursue a PGCE in Modern Languages next year.

We were encouraged to develop and design our own resources whilst liaising closely with a MFL PGCE tutor and MFL Mentoring’s Project Director. As such, we were challenged academically to consider the purpose and the effectiveness of our resources, as well as to think innovatively of ways in which a love for language learning can be fostered in a different teaching context. It also provided the opportunity to reflect on two contrasting teaching experiences in the Student Teaching Module’s final essay, as well as giving us scope to consider how approaches to foreign language teaching in Spain can enrich the learning of MFL students in Wales. Therefore, this is the perfect opportunity for committed, motivated individuals with a passion for languages who are considering a future career in education.

The project also provided us with the opportunity for profound personal development. Staying with host families in the region gave us the opportunity to practice our language skills, something which is particularly beneficial in the lead up to final year oral and written exams. In addition to this, the project enhanced our professional development, including: time and people management; using translation and interpreting skills; and innovation and adaption in a fast-paced working environment.

Lewis completed a BA Portuguese and Spanish at Cardiff University, graduating in 2019.