Project Mission & Vision

Project Summary

The MFL Student Mentoring Project inspires and encourages the learning of international languages at GCSE level and beyond via a programme of in-classroom mentoring and online mentoring.

We do this by partnering undergraduate and postgraduate university students with secondary schools across Wales to increase learners' motivation to study languages and increase aspirations for higher education.

How it works


Highlight the benefits of learning a language at GCSE, A-level and degree level.

Broaden the horizons and aspirations of learners by highlighting the career, wellbeing and mobility opportunities available to those with language, intercultural and multilingual skills.


Raise expectations, improve motivation and strengthen the persistence and personal resilience of learners studying languages.

Create sustainable links between higher education modern languages departments and partner secondary schools.


Offer classroom experiences and opportunities to language undergraduate students, with a view to encouraging a greater number to consider teaching and to develop a wider skill set.

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"We Help Young People See Languages As Key To Our Experience Of The World"

Our Partners

The project is proud to partner with Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Swansea University and Cardiff University.
Working together, these four universities are supporting their local schools to promote the benefits of studying international languages.

Our Projects

For the year 2020-21 we are developing 3 streams of activity. All streams will focus on exploring the learner’s place in a globalising world, encouraging them to appreciate and embrace other languages and cultures.

All strands will develop the ambitions of the Curriculum for Wales (CfW) by being cross-curricular in approach and developing essential learning skills across all learning. The project will work to support the ‘What Matters’ statements for the Area of Learning and Experience for Languages, Literacy and Communication and the ‘Four Purposes’ of the CfW.

The 3 strands are:

Open Imagination

Mentoring Year 8 and Year 9 learners- connecting Year 8 and 9 learners with current university students over a six-week period to engage in face-to-face or online mentoring.

Open Imagination

Post-16 Language Recovery Project - a series of seminars, lectures and language classes which will encourage learners to explore languages and cultures beyond school and in readiness for University.

Open Imagination

Teacher Resources – a suite of digital resources that teachers can use with KS3, 4 and 5, aimed to support the teacher workforce as they return to the classroom. 

To find out about our past projects please click here
Welsh Government


The MFL Student Mentoring Project is generously funded by the Welsh Government under its Global Futures Strategy