Explore Languages

What is Explore Languages?

Explore Languages is an outreach programme for KS3 students from backgrounds that are underrepresented at university, designed to ignite their passion for languages, highlighting the benefits of studying languages at GCSE and beyond. Running from December to February in the year that your students choose their GCSEs, Explore Languages is a targeted project hoping to inspire your students to continue their language learning journey.

[Explore Languages] has expanded students’ awareness of the benefits of learning a language. With the opportunity to understand more about the University life – the students have been quite inspired

What’s included in the Explore Languages Programme?

A series of inspiring activities exploring the benefits of language learning and potential career options, as well as providing the opportunity to try out a brand new language, Explore Languages includes an in-school workshop, self directed poster-making task and a visit to the University of Leeds campus! Much of the programme is delivered by our Student Ambassadors and post-graduate students, drawing from their experiences as language students and sharing their journeys!

Our Ambassadors will visit your school to tell your students all about language learning at university, their journeys and experiences and the benefits of language learning.
Your students will be provided with a recorded video, which will launch an exciting poster task that they will work on throughout January, and showcase at our taster day.
You will bring your group of students to campus to explore our campus and facilities. Students will take part in a beginner’s language workshop, a conversation café to support their target language skills and showcase their posters in front of academics and current students!

How do I select students for the programme?

As this is a widening participation programme, we would like to work with students from groups who are underrepresented at university. If we work with your school, we will ask you to select between 25-30 Year 8 or 9 students who are eligible for Pupil Premium to take part in this project.

It is up to you as to who you think would benefit the most from the sessions and experience.  You might want to include:

  • Those who cannot see the benefit in studying a language 
  • Those who are unsure about whether they want to continue with a language at GCSE 
  • Those who would like to find out about new languages 
  • A mixture of the above. 

All of the students will need to be studying the same language (French, Spanish or German) so that they can attend our relevant Taster Day in February.

Explore Languages 2022/2023

After lots of interest in this years programme, we have decided to close applications to the Explore Languages Programme 2022/2023.

If you are interested in the programme and would like to us to get in touch if we have room for more schools in the future, please email Lauren Barraclough at l.barraclough@leeds.ac.uk.