In a small corner of Wales this week 200 students have been taking part in a commendable initiative designed to boost their interest and confidence in using foreign languages. The Modern Languages Experience Week is a joint initiative between Cardiff University’s School of European Studies and eleven local schools. The project brings students to the university for activities around language learning designed to increase their curiosity, practice their skills and increase their cultural awareness.
The Health Canal reports on the benefits of the initiative to the students sense of self-confidence and overall attitude.
This is a brilliant initiative, not only to increase students’ curiosity and awareness, but also to generate positive links between the school system and the post-secondary system, where the students are the ones benefitting.
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.