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Outreach Events and Activities

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Why Not Languages? Resources for school teachers and pupils

Why study languages?

These resources aim to inspire pupils to include languages amongst their subject choices for GCSE and A level, and to consider studying them at university.  Find out why languages are important, rewarding and useful, and enjoy some translation and language taster activities to discover new skills and languages.  


Talk - 'Why Not Languages at GCSE?'

By Dr Stuart Davis, Director of Outreach & Schools Liaison and Senior Lecturer in Spanish at the University of Cambridge



Workshop - An Introduction to Haiku Translation

By Katrina Barnes, Translator and Teacher, Comberton Village College



Language Taster - German

By Maren de Vincent-Humphreys, Language Teaching Officer at the University of Cambridge (MMLL)


Teacher Information to accompany German taster video



Language Taster - Arabic

By Farida El Keiy, Language Teaching Officer at the University of Cambridge (FAMES)


Arabic Handout 1 - Oral exercise

Arabic Handout 2 - Arabic script



Language Taster - Russian

By Dr Anna Schneider, Language Teaching Officer at the University of Cambridge (MMLL)


Russian Handout 1 - Cyrillic Alphabet

Russian Handout 2 - Dialogue



Language Taster - Hebrew

By Dr Benjamin Kantor, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Cambridge (FAMES)


Hebrew Handout 1 - The Modern Hebrew Alphabet

Hebrew Handout 2 - Vowel Chart

Hebrew Handout 3 - Dialogue


Student Testimonials

Find out what some of our current students have to say about their language choices and their experiences at Cambridge University



Visit MEITS' newly-launched suite of games about languages and multilingualism at, which show that learning languages is fun and easier than you might think.