About Me: Glesni.

Author: Glesni Owen
Published: 4th June 2021

I’ve been with MFL Mentoring since 2017 when I joined as a language mentor whilst I was completing my BA in History and German at Cardiff University. I enjoyed my time so much that I continued as a mentor during my Masters in Medieval History at Cardiff University the following year. In the summer of 2019, I was then given an opportunity to intern with the project before jumping at the chance to join the project full time in September 2019. I went straight from handing in my MA dissertation to working with the project.
Since September 2019, I have been working as a Project Coordinator and have enjoyed every minute. During the Covid-19 pandemic, I helped to create a fully digital and immersive transformation project for post-16 learners due to school closures across the UK. This part of the project was created with the aim to develop a positive experience around digital learning, as well as expand learners’ knowledge about the opportunities available at university in terms of degree choices.
I grew up bilingual, with Welsh being the language that I used with my friends, family, and in education. This has made me passionate about bringing all languages together and not creating a language hierarchy. Championing the importance of each language equally within the education sector is especially important to me. All languages are valuable in their own right and I hope that our learners and mentors grow to understand this during their time with the project.
This year, I am looking forward to working with our schools and mentors again, and to inspire the next generation of linguists. After the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on education, it is important now more than ever that we support our learners on their language journeys, helping them to find their intrinsic motivation for taking a language. We hope that this will inspire and enthuse learners to recognise that languages exist everywhere!

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