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Languages mentoring scheme

The Department of Modern Languages at the University of Kent offers a mentoring scheme for secondary school students studying languages.

Run by Dr Wissia Fiorucci, Dr Tobias Heinrich and Dr Rebecca Ogden, the project aims to allow students from the University to support pupils in their efforts to increase their skills in one of the four languages currently offered at degree level at Kent (French, German, Italian, Spanish).

This initiative is primarily aimed at those in Year 12 and Year 13, although we welcome keen language-learners in Year 10 and Year 11 and are happy to discuss individual requirements with schools.

Through weekly online tutoring sessions and supported by a range of self-studying materials, students will help pupils to understand more, write flawlessly and speak fluently in their target language.

If you are interested in participating in the University of Kent’s free online language mentoring programme, please email Dr Tobias Heinrich at languagementors@kent.ac.uk.

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The Languages Mentoring Scheme is a fantastic opportunity for pupils in schools to work with students at advanced levels of language-learning, and for our students to support the language-learners of the future.

Dr Wissia Fiorucci Director of Education, School of European Culture and Languages

My name is Jack and I chose to study Hispanic Studies because I love the Spanish language, and the different cultures. I enjoy Argentinean culture the most; having been to Buenos Aires a few times, it’s always great to share maté amongst friends and family and tuck into milanesas for dinner. In my spare time, I like to pick up new languages. I’ve always liked the idea of becoming a polyglot, and so learning just one language was never enough for me.

My name is Melodie and I am studying Hispanic Studies. I spent my Erasmus year in Madrid working as an English language assistant in a secondary school. I think in order to understand a culture in a meaningful way it is vital to learn the native language. Also, by learning another language you learn so much more about the English language that you hadn’t realised before. In my free time I love reading and researching new things (especially to do with history), and watching new films.

My name is Stanley and I’m a French and Hispanic studies student. Having just finished my year abroad studying in the south of France and Spain, I would say that the thing that intrigues me most about foreign cultures is the way in which you have to adapt to cultural norms, especially the more subtle ones, which often catch you off guard. Avid swimmer, runner and sunset watcher.

My name is Sonja and I'm a French and Hispanic Studies student. I have always loved picking up new languages and think it's a great way to learn more about other cultures as well as yourself. Practising conversation and a bit of confidence is key for improving your skills and helps much more than only learning grammar and vocabulary.

My name is Dan and I study French. I have just completed my year abroad as an English Language Assistant in a French secondary school and college. What I enjoy most about learning about new cultures is discovering new food! In my spare time I enjoy practising sports such as lacrosse, football and boxing.

My name is Ellie and I study French. I’ve just finished my year abroad as an English assistant in France. I like studying languages to meet new people and discover lots of new cultures and food. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, travelling, football and singing in several choirs.

Hello, my name is Becky and I am a Hispanic Studies student. I have just finished my year abroad in Tarragona, working as a British Council language assistant. I love learning new languages and their cultures, and have been particularly intrigued by Catalonia, having been able to study both the language and the culture at Kent! Aside from travelling, I spend my free time swimming, watching Netflix and taking photos with my camera.

I’m Takara, a second year student studying German at Kent! I chose to study German because its language and culture is so intriguing. It amazes me that the current Germany is still very new, as it has only been a reunited country for 30 years! This is an experience unlike any other country, which is what fascinated me about German. Other than studying German, I enjoy reading, drawing and playing badminton!

Hi, my name is Beth and I have just finished my French and Spanish degree at Kent. I strongly recommend studying languages at university level, and it would be an honour to help anyone else get there; I was inspired by a friend who also studied languages, so I hope I can do the same for you! I am starting a teacher training course in September in aim to become a French and Spanish teacher in the future. When I'm not obsessing over foreign languages, I enjoy running and listening to/playing a wide range of music. I'm looking forward to helping some of you out with your language skills.

Hi! I’m Zoë and I study German and History. I really enjoy finding new words that have a logic to them (especially the long compound ones that German is so famous for!) and finding all the little bits of lived culture that you don’t think about until someone asks you to do them differently – like Hausschuhe! I also like to bake and sew in my spare time; I might have been a kept 18th Century Lady in another life!

Hello! I'm Giulia and I study German and Italian. What I enjoy about the course is the quality of the programme and I've been able to improve my language skills, especially in German. What I love about Germany is its cities full of history, and its literature especially author like Goethe, Thomas Mann and the German Expressionist Cinema. In my spare time, I enjoy reading books in the original language, watching movies and listening to music.

My name is Helga Murrizi and I am studying French and Hispanic Studies. I have found the modules and the content to be interesting, with an array of options, from literature to business to history. Because of the wide range of choices, I have been able to expand my knowledge in all these areas. The professors have always been extremely kind and helpful whenever I have had a question or any issues. For example, they give us freedom to design our own essay topics/questions for the coursework essays if the ones provided are not to the students' taste. I think the it is one of the main reasons why I have enjoyed my degree so much!