On 25 October, I travelled to Cambridge University with two other Year 11 students (Roxy Nickells and Elspeth Ashton) for a taster day in modern languages at Girton College. The opportunity was for students thinking about a career in modern languages and studying at university.
We started the day with icebreaker tasks, meeting about 60 other year 10 and 11 students from across the country, and then we had a presentation on where languages can take you with an emphasis on studying them at Cambridge. We then had two university style lecture sessions during the day. Loads of taster sessions were on offer with everything from the Spanish civil war to German culture, French literature and cinema. I chose Cinema and Hebrew, which was an interesting insight into Asian and middle eastern languages as well as analysing how films in different languages convey certain expressions and meanings. We tried different strategies of learning and recalling vocabulary along with culture and literature from Israel. We then finished with a Q and A session about everything from possible career routes to how to make a successful application to Oxbridge (and why you should choose modern languages!) from the undergraduates who helped us throughout the day.
Overall the day was a great opportunity to meet new people with similar interests whilst being taught by some of the most knowledgeable in their field and having helpful careers advice from lecturers and professors.
Oscar Braun, Year 11