Finding your ‘Route’: the role of the Student Language Ambassador programme in motivating pupils to continue their language journeys’
Llwybrau at Ieithoedd Cymru/Routes into Languages Cymru
Eira Jepson, Cardiff University - Routes into Languages Cymru
7 December 2022, 3 - 4pm, online (via Teams)
Student Language Ambassadors (SLAs) have become a fixed and popular feature of the Routes into Languages Cymru initiative for several years; operating in the context of language learning decline, they deliver a range of promotional activities for schools throughout Wales every year. This presentation will share the preliminary findings of my PhD research, exploring the narratives and techniques adopted by SLAs to help motivate school pupils to continue on their language learning journeys. The findings provide an insight into this distinct ambassadorial role and how it is being used as a platform to facilitate transition to continued learning not only for pupils, but also for the SLAs themselves.