Weydon Language Students Enjoy A Taster Day at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford

Weydon students had the amazing opportunity to experience taster sessions in German and French at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford recently.

They had a stimulating and fascinating experience which gave them a good idea of what to expect when studying languages at Oxford University.  The students were able to speak to current undergraduates to find out from the horse’s mouth what it was really like and then they were treated to a tour of the colleges.

The academic taster sessions were delivered by Oxford University lecturers.  The first session offered the students the opportunity to study German poetry (about the Berlin Wall) and a German film. One of the students said, ‘We found the session very helpful as it gave us an insight into how Oxford teaches its students’.

After an amazing lunch in the dining hall the students experienced a French academic taster session on surrealism in art and French literature. The students were very engaged with the session and found it fascinating. 

At the end of the day the students enjoyed a final walk around Oxford and were able to capture their memorable day by taking photos outside the famous Bodleian library. Philip Kucharski said, ‘The day was a great success and all of us felt inspired and informed by the excellent facilities at the university.  Some of us are now considering applying to Oxford University’.

The trip is part of Weydon’s active promotion of further education and careers in modern foreign languages.  Weydon has a thriving MFL department and runs extra-curricular sessions in a number of languages including French, Spanish and Italian.  This year students have had the opportunity to visit Tarbes in France, Florence in Italy and Seville in Spain.  They are also able to take part in exchange programmes. 

Mrs Jackie Sharman, Principal of Weydon School, commented; “The students were lucky to have had this opportunity to experience what it would be like to attend St Hilda’s at Oxford University. They seem to have made the most of the day and come back with much to think about.”

Whilst English is the lingua franca for global business, Weydon appreciates that having skills in languages is a definite advantage.  It enables students to have greater career opportunities and it facilitates greater engagement with the culture of countries they may engage with.  Weydon actively encourages students to consider GCSE language options and many of our ex-students have progressed to use languages in their careers.