A former Dolgellau A-levels student is providing voluntary, online sessions to current year 10 to 13 learners at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor.
Elin Roberts, from Blaenau Ffestiniog studied her A-levels at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor's Dolgellau Campus and completed her studies last summer. At A-level, Elin studied History, French, Mathematics, and English Language and Literature, as well as the Welsh Baccalaureate. Before the lockdown, Elin was living in Paris,France as she is now studying a Degree in Liberal Arts and Political Sciences at the Sciences Po University. Her experience of moving to study abroad, and also of working remotely since the government lockdown measures took place in March mean she has some valuable information and advice for young people who are looking to study abroad in the future.
The Welsh Government funded Modern Languages Students Mentoring Project allows undergraduate students like Elin to give classes to A-level students. Elin has been providing Dolgellau language students with French and Spanish conversational language sessions and taster sessions in new languages such as Catalan and Taiwanese. She has also been giving university lecture taster sessions and seminars to give the college learners a taste of life as an undergraduate student.
Elin described how important the project was for students who wanted to study a foreign language. She said
I feel this is an excellent opportunity for students to continue to learn a language and learn new skills. I believe every pupil should have access to information about different opportunities and therefore I will share my experiences of choosing where to study by looking at my experience of attending UNIQ summer schools and Jesus College at Oxford University, of being on the Sutton Trust US Programme and of studying in Sciences Po Paris.
These sessions are available via the following link: https://hwb.gov.wales/playlists/view/bbf64e57-3191-4a6d-94b3-f08b3dc5af69/en/1.
For more information about A-levels at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, visit www.gllm.ac.uk/a-levels. Applications for September are open!