Name: Caracara_bebbington_-_swansea_-_year_2

University: Swansea

Year of study: 2

Languages: German

 

Why did you choose to study languages at university?

I chose to study languages because it has always been a dream of mine to become fluent in a foreign language. Speaking a different language other than your own enables you to converse with people who come from different cultures and it gives you an insight into how differently people in other countries live. I wanted to discover this for myself, hence why I chose to study German at university.

 

What do you enjoy most about your degree?

I enjoy meeting new people from different countries, and having the ability to converse with them in more than just one language. I have made countless friends through studying languages at university and it enables me to practice my German in a relaxed and informal way.

 

Why do you want to be a student ambassador?

I want to be a student ambassador to spread the importance of learning a language. I also want to help young people realise that there are some rumours regarding languages that aren’t true – the fact that they are difficult, for example. There is also the impression that German is not a particularly beautiful language, but I would like people to give the language a chance by learning it before making a judgement.

 

What skills do you think you will learn through your work as a student ambassador?

I will learn how to speak publicly in front of a large audience, which will increase my confidence and provide me with skills, which I can use in future careers.

 

What are your plans for when you finish your degree?

I hope to complete a PGCE so that I can pursue my dream to become a teacher, in which I will be able to spread my love for languages every single day.

 

Name: Ffionffion_stevenson_-_bangor_-_year_2

University: Bangor

Year of study: 2

Languages: French

 

Why did you choose to study languages at university?

As I grew up bilingual, I have always been interested in languages and because I grew up in a small part of Wales, I thought having a language under my belt would prove useful in the future. I chose to study French at university because I wanted to develop my knowledge of the language, culture and the year abroad was a big attraction too. In addition, I believe that studying languages gives you wider prospects which are useful due to the current economic climate.

 

What do you enjoy most about your degree?

I enjoy seeing the development of my language and conversation skills. Also, I have always been interested in French cinema and other aspects of French culture so I have enjoyed being able to develop that interest.

 

Why do you want to be a student ambassador?

I would like to show young people living in small towns in Wales like me what opportunities arise from studying languages and its benefits.

 

What skills do you think you will learn through your work as a student ambassador?

I think that I will develop confidence in speaking in front of people which will be valuable in the future.

 

What are your plans for when you finish your degree?

I am uncertain at the moment of what I want to do when I finish my degree, but I am certain that I want to pursue languages. Currently I am weighing up doing a MA course or applying to do a PGCE in Secondary/A-Level French.

 

 

Name: Florenceflorence_cotten_-_bangor_-_year_2

University: Bangor

Year of study: 2

Languages: German and Spanish

 

Why did you choose to study languages at university?

I did both GCSE and A-level German, and it was always by far my favourite subject. I really enjoyed every aspect of learning a language (even the grammar!!) and therefore it was a no-brainer for me to continue to study languages at university. I also decided to pick up ab initio Spanish, which has been challenging at times, but I now enjoy it just as much as German.

 

What do you enjoy most about your degree?

I enjoy almost every aspect of my course. I love being able to see my skills improve, and the sense of satisfaction when I am able to chat with someone in a foreign language is unmatchable.

 

Why do you want to be a student ambassador?

I wanted to become a Student Ambassador because I want to share my love for languages with other people, and show them that studying a language not only opens up many opportunities, but is great fun and can develop you a lot as a person.

 

What skills do you think you will learn through your work as a student ambassador?

Through working as a student ambassador I hope to gain confidence in public speaking and improve my presentation skills.

 

What are your plans for when you finish your degree?

I am still unsure of what I am going to do after finishing my degree.

 

 

Name: Tamsintamsin_mckelvey_-_bangor_-_year_2

University: Bangor

Year of study: 2

Languages: German

 

Why did you choose to study languages at university?

I had really enjoyed my previous language studies at school and my teacher was very encouraging about pursuing languages. I thought that having a language as part of my degree could only be a benefit to me and would hopefully open up more employment opportunities to me. I was also excited about the prospect of spending a year of my degree abroad and the experiences and opportunities that would present me with.

 

What do you enjoy most about your degree?

I enjoy the fact that every day I learn something new which is useful to me, it might be a new word, a grammar topic or just a fact about German culture but it is all beneficial to me. I know that what I am learning will be applicable in the ‘real world’ and not just for academic purposes which is a good motivator.

 

Why do you want to be a student ambassador?

I want to be a student ambassador because I think it is important for pupils to see that studying a language further is useful. I hope that in this role I will be able to encourage pupils to consider their options more carefully and to not just discount languages. If there had be a student ambassador who came to my school when I was choosing my GCSEs and A-Levels I think it would have made a big difference to the number of people who decided to continue with their languages.

 

What skills do you think you will learn through your work as a student ambassador?

I think I will learn how to engage with pupils of numerous ages. I will gain experience working alongside other ambassadors and with staff at the schools I visit. I will learn how to keep the attention of a large group of students, how to present effectively and how to keep language learners motivated.

 

What are your plans for when you finish your degree?

Currently I have no definitive plans for when I finish my degree but I am thinking about doing a Masters in Speech and Language Therapy or possibly a Masters in bilingualism or language pathology. I think I’ll probably have a better idea of what I want to do following my year abroad.