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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Outreach

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is proud to offer an exciting range of free Outreach activities for secondary schools and colleges.

Under the expert leadership of Dr Eli Vilar (Schools Liaison Lead), a dynamic team has been assembled including SLLF’s Admissions, Recruitment and Marketing team.

Delivered by outstanding leads in Modern Languages, Comparative Literature, Film Studies and Linguistics, our taster events offer students exciting opportunities to discover more about our programmes.

Following the success of online taster classes and our belief in access for all, these sessions will remain online and free. We will be offering events throughout 2021-22.

Autumn Events

Film Studies Taster

Wednesday 17th November 2021

5:00pm - 6:00pm (GMT)

Free Online Event

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Taster Session Schedule

Welcome: What is Film Studies? In this session, Dr Guy Westwell, will explain what makes Film Studies such an exciting subject. You’ll hear about our distinctive approach which combines studying film and making film, get a sense of what modules we offer, learn about our optional year abroad, and find out where some of our graduates are today.

Case-study: In this session Dr James Harvey will give you an insight into their own research and teaching, addressing a key issue in Film Studies in an interactive way. Dr Harvey will be discussing how politics shapes film aesthetics with close analysis of the British film Pride (Matthew Warchus, 2014).

Q & A with current students: This slot is your chance to ask our current students about the degree, the modules they’ve taken, what it’s like to live in London, etc.

Advice/Questions/Personal Statement: Dr Westwell will take questions, tell you more about our requirements for entry and about what we look for in a personal statement.

Linguistics Taster

Wednesday 24th November 2021

5.00pm - 6.00pm (GMT)

Free Online Event

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Taster Session Schedule  

Welcome: What is Linguistics? In this session, Dr Salina Cuddy, will introduce some of the different ways you can approach the study of language. You will discover some of the key fields of language research that are offered at Queen Mary University London and hear about some of the modules that you can take with us. 

Case Study: Interrogating Gender and Language. Do you think that men and women speak differently from each other? We see in books, newspapers, magazines, social media that men and women speak “two different languages”.  In this session we will look more closely to see if there is research to support this belief, and question the significance of these differences. 

Q & A with current students: This slot is your chance to ask our current students about the programme, the modules they’ve taken, living in London, etc. 

Advice/Questions/Personal Statement: We’ll wrap up by giving you a chance to ask any questions.

Modern Languages and Cultures Taster

Wednesday 1st December 2021

5:00pm - 6:00pm (GMT)

Free Online Event

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Studying Languages at University: When Language Gets Political!

In this session, we will consider the political dimension of language and its uses. The session will be relevant to all students interested in studying languages at university and no previous knowledge of a language is required. 

Welcome: Dr Richard Mason, Outreach Officer and Lecturer in French

Case Study 1: Owning Language: From Francophonie to World Literature in French (Dr Rebekah Vince). What does it mean to ‘own’ a language? Language relates to both national identity and self-expression. This session explores how writers from France’s former colonies make the French language their own, challenging the idea that literature in French belongs to France alone.

Case Study 2: Modern Languages and Politics: when language choices become political declarations (Dr Isabel Crespi). How does politics influence the attitudes of speakers in bilingual territories? Focusing on Catalan and its coexistence with Spanish, we will see how the political tensions in Catalonia, especially regarding Catalonian independence, affect speakers’ attitude towards language.

Q & A with current students: This slot is your chance to ask our current students about the programme, the modules they’ve taken, living in London, etc.

Advice/Questions/Personal Statement: We’ll wrap up by giving you a chance to ask any questions.

Year Abroad Taster

Wednesday 8th December 2021

5:00pm - 6:00pm (GMT)

Free Online Event

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Studying Modern Languages at University: The Year Abroad (online)

This session will give students an overview of the Year Abroad, one of the most exciting and enriching parts of a modern language degree. There will be an opportunity to hear from students who have recently returned from their travels abroad.

Welcome: Dr Richard Mason, Outreach Officer and Lecturer in French

Overview of the Year Abroad: Dr Nadia Bragina, Lecturer in Russian Language Studies and Year Abroad Co-Ordinator

Q & A with current students: This slot is your chance to ask our current students about the programme, the modules they’ve taken, living in London, etc.

Advice/Questions/Personal Statement: We’ll wrap up by giving you a chance to ask any questions.

BA Liberal Arts Taster

Wednesday 15th December 2021

5:00pm - 6:00pm (GMT)

Free Online Event

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Taster Session Schedule

Welcome: What is Liberal Arts? In this session, Professor Jeremy Hicks gives an introduction to the BA Liberal Arts, describes the nature of the programme and provides an overview of its structure.

Case Study: A taster from ‘Culture and Language’ the compulsory first year module on the BA Liberal Arts. This lecture, delivered by Dr Maha El Hissy, explores how to read the political meanings of images, including their gender and colonial bias.

Q & A with students: This slot is your chance to ask current QMUL Humanities students about their programme, the modules they’ve taken, living in London, etc.

Advice/Questions/Personal Statement: We’ll wrap up by giving you a chance to ask any questions. Prof Hicks will also tell you more about our entry requirements and what we look for in a personal statement.

Spring Events

(March-April 2022)

  • Wednesday 2nd March - Comparative Literature Taster
  • Wednesday 16th March - Film Studies Taster
  • Wednesday 23rd March - Linguistics Taster
  • Wednesday 30th March - Modern Languages Taster
  • Wednesday 6th April - Year Abroad Taster
  • Wednesday 13th April - Liberal Arts Taster

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Get in touch

We are happy to provide Outreach sessions for individual schools and colleges, so please contact the team for more information.

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