CILT Cymru & Routes into Languages Cymru have been allocated funds by the British Academy to develop a new scheme to promote foreign language take-up at schools in Wales which will build on the success of the Routes Cymru Student Language Ambassador scheme.
The scheme will engage with 20 existing ‘Compact’ schools, targeting older pupils (Key Stage 4-5) who will be trained by CILT Cymru staff to become Pupil Language Ambassadors to enable them to work within their schools and communities to raise the profile of languages and all the advantages which their study can bring.
Those volunteering for the role in schools will carry out a leadership role with younger pupils. As well as boosting their self-esteem, they will be rewarded with certificates and badges and will be able to add their experience to their record of achievement or CV.
We foresee that the pupil ambassadors could:
• organise and support language clubs for younger pupils. The clubs could involve playing the board game Go Global, using ICT programmes such as Quizlet or Zondle, preparing songs for Eurovision-style song contests, helping pupils practise and prepare for Spelling Bee competitions, helping with homework etc.;
• give presentations in assemblies on the usefulness of languages;
• attend and support parents’ evenings, talking to parents about the MFL department and the advantages of language learning;
• meet and greet visitors to the school, such as Business Language Champions speakers;
• prepare and teach micro lessons to year 6 pupils on induction days;
• visit primary schools to enthuse pupils about language learning.
Training sessions have already been held in a number of schools and we’ve had great feedback from the pupils and their teachers, so if you are a Compact school and would like to get involved in this initiative then drop us a line!