OWRI Student Language Ambassador Programme Evaluation Report

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Laura Ludtke

The OWRI Student Language Ambassador Programme was designed to increase the number of students progressing in the study of a language from GCSE to A level in four regions across the UK.

Pupils participated in either:

  1. the 'short programme', comprising two classroom interventions led by undergraduate Ambassadors on the themes of Translation and Careers with Language as well as a visit to a university during which pupils were given a guided tour in the language, a language-learning taster session, and a taster lecture given by academic staff on a relevant topic,

  2. the 'extended programme', in which those GCSE pupils who indicated they were less certain they would study a language at A level were offered an intensive mentoring programme in addition to the components of the 'short programme'.

The report found that the programme led to a noticeable uptake in the number of pupils continuing a language at A level. While 14% of pupils on the 'short programme' chose to progress in their language study post-16 (an increase in the national progression rates ranging from 6% to 8% in French, German, and Spanish), the progression rate rose to 29% for pupils who benefitted from the mentoring on the 'extended programme'. Other key findings about the positive impact of the programme can be found in the report below.

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