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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Cambridge Modern Foreign Languages Annual Conference for Teachers (CamMACT)

CamMACT stands for Cambridge Modern Foreign Languages Annual Conference for Teachers.

The annual, one-day conferences take over from the Oliver Prior Society in being the Cambridge forum for teachers of MFL.

Our aim is to offer teachers the opportunity to hear about our degree teaching by attending sample lectures and talks. We are also keen to create enough time in our programmes for formal and informal questions and exchanges. Transition from school to University and any questions relating to admissions are examples of recent topics for Q&As and discussions over lunch.

The events are free, refreshments and lunch are included.

For information about travel bursaries, look through our resources page.

Please contact the College linked with your school via the Cambridge area links to find out if  "your" College can offer accommodation. See here to find out which College is linked with your area.



Past Conferences


2018 Conference


10.00 – 10.40

Dr Henriëtte Hendricks, Linguistics section

Brief report on the OWRI project MEITS

Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies

10.40 – 11.20

Dr Claire White, French Section: Painting and Revolution

11.50 - 12.30

Speaker to be confirmed: Combining AMES and MML: how does it work?

12.30 – 1.00 short presentations by students & alumni

2.00 – 2.40

Dr Martin Rühl, Director of History and Modern Language course

History & ML, a brief introduction

2.40 – 3.20

Dr Angeles Carreres and Dr Maria Noriega-Sanchez, Spanish Section: Teaching Translation

3.40 – 4.20

Dr Emma Widdis, Slavonic Section: Film and the City

4.20 – 5.10 general Q&A with students, teachers and alumni

Dr Stuart Davis, Girton College Admissions Tutor

Speaker TBC

Silke Mentchen, Director of Outreach and School Liaison, Cambridge MML

Sandra Barth, Lead Teacher in German, St Paul’s Girls’ School, London

Jane Driver, Assistant Principal, Queen Katharine Academy, Peterborough

Rachel Hawkes, Assistant Principal, Comberton Village College, Cambs



2017 Conference



Our speakers introduced some of the latest ideas in language teaching at university level and explained how the topics taught develop out of current A Level courses.

CamMACT 2017 provided two question and answer sessions, one on the Cambridge Admissions process and one on teaching MFL. Delegates received advice on what is looked for in undergraduate applications and how prospective students might prepare themselves for interview. In addition to the full programme of presentations, there were opportunities to discuss interests and issues informally with Faculty members and colleagues throughout the conference.

In the abstract for her talk at CamMACT, teacher Bernardette Holmes writes:

'Now more than ever, languages education matters. In a climate of political uncertainty and with the prospect of social fragmentation and economic instability, our ability and willingness to speak multiple languages and develop intercultural understanding increase in significance and value. Language skills and cultural agility connect us to our past, define our present and have the potential to transform our future.' 


CamMACT 2017, 3rd April, Trinity College

9:30-10:00 – Registration

10:00-10:30 – Bernardette Holmes: ‘Speaking to a global future’

10:30-11:00 – Annemarie Künzl-Snodgrass and Natasha Franklin: ‘Starting a language from scratch at university’



11:00-11:30 – Coffee break

11:30-12:00 – Martin Crowley: ‘At the limits of the human’

12:00-12:30 – Liana Giannakopoulou: ‘Mythical motifs in literature’

12:30-13:00 – Stanley Bill: ‘Teaching Polish in the UK’

13:00-14:00 – Lunch

14:00-14:30 – Maite Conde and Felipe Schuery: ‘Decolonisation and modernity in the Lusophone world: Working across language and culture’

14:30-15:00 – Laura Moretti: ‘Languages and Cultures of the East’ 

15:00-15:30 – Coffee break

15:30-16:30 – Admissions and Outreach at Cambridge’, with Stuart Davis, Admissions Tutor at Girton, Laura Moretti, School Liaison Officer at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Laura Lonsdale, Director of Outreach and School Liaison, Oxford MML, Silke Mentchen, Director of Outreach and School Liaison, Cambridge MML.

16:30-17:00 – Roundtable on teaching MFL, with Emily Wagstaff, Oundle School, Stefanie Green, Farlingaye High School, Bernardette Holmes MBE, Speak to the Future/ Born Global.

17:00 – Drinks reception 


Read some comments from delegates: 

‘Easier to come for one full day, thank you.’



‘A lovely day with some fascinating insights into MFL and Cambridge University life. Difficult to make the day much better in my opinion. Many thanks.’

2016 Conference

CamMACT 2016, 20th - 21st March, Downing College

There were many excellent talks presented during the course of the conference, and a number of our CamMACT speakers have kindly made some materials for our delegates to review:

You can find the full programme of events for the 2016 conference here.