Routes into Languages Cymru is a collaborative outreach project that aims to increase the number of pupils choosing MFL by promoting the visibility, uptake and profile of modern languages in Wales.
Established in 2009, Routes Cymru joined the established network in England and became the 10th regional consortium of the Routes into Languages community. Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), Routes Cymru was a partnership of all Universities in Wales with CILT Cymru, The National Centre for Languages in Wales. The project team was based in CILT Cymru and had a whole Wales remit.
Previously, the project was supported by the Welsh examination board, WJEC. However, the WJEC made the decision that it could no longer host the network and the project has now devolved and operates around two hubs located in the Schools of Modern Languages at Cardiff and Bangor Universities. The project is funded by 5 Welsh Universities, all 4 Welsh regional education consortia, the British Council Wales and the European Commission Wales. This funding will allow the project to operate for the next 12 – 18 months.
Our audience remains within the educational sector and we will continue to deliver a pupil-focussed, programme of activities. Delivering bespoke training for pupils, college and university students to become Language Ambassadors is one of our key activities. They are then tasked to raise the profile of Modern Foreign Languages in their schools and communities. Student and College Language Ambassadors will support outreach events and offer a variety of activities including school careers talks, language taster sessions and support careers fairs/open days. Pupil Language Ambassadors will promote MFL within their school through, for example, school clubs and language themed events.
Additionally, we offer a varied menu of activities, including:
- A Level Masterclasses – A series of film and literature workshops for KS5 pupils and their teachers. The courses will be delivered by academic staff from Welsh Universities.
- Spelling Bee: One of our flagship events – a national Spelling Bee competition for year 7 pupils who study French, Spanish, German or Welsh as a Second Language.
- Lingo Map – An interactive map that links to third year language student blogs sharing their experiences on their year abroad. Blogs will be relevant to the themes on the GCSE specification, with a percentage of the content in the target language. A perfect resource for the classroom.