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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film


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 and Dr Richard Mason - who has successfully been awarded funding to develop Outreach for Modern Languages.

Our departments have been incredibly active throughout the year and have seamlessly moved all Outreach activities online. With the support of our Leads in Comparative Literature, Film Studies and Linguistics, we have organised FREE taster events for all subjects and will be offering many more from February 2021.

Events for schools and colleges

Modern Languages and Cultures Taster - Wednesday 17th February 2021, 5.00pm-6.30pm

Decolonizing the Curriculum: Rethinking the Study of Modern Languages at University

Wednesday 17th February 2021

5:00pm - 6:30pm (GMT)

Online Event

Free Admission

We are delighted to invite you to this taster session in Modern Languages, co-hosted by Queen Mary University London (QMUL) and University of London in Paris (ULIP). The event is part of a wider British Academy-funded initiative to give school students an insight into the diverse areas of study covered by a degree in Modern Languages. It will focus in particular on recent debates around literature, decolonizing the curriculum and political activism within education. Whilst we will look at materials in a range of languages, translations will also be on hand, and no prior knowledge of the language is necessary to take part. The event is primarily designed for sixth form students, but we warmly welcome students of any age. 


Welcome: overview of the event and meet and greet

(Dr Richard Mason, Outreach Officer at QMUL and Student Ambassadors from QMUL and ULIP)


Taster session 1. ‘Decolonizing the Curriculum’: Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Aimé Césaire’s Une Tempête (Dr Jo Brueton, ULIP)


Taster session 2: ‘From Nouns to Verbs: Grammar, Political Activism, and Racial (In)equality’ (Dr Maha el Hissy, QMUL)


Plenary discussion and feedback


Booking opens soon!


Comparative Literature Taster - Wednesday 24th February 2021, 5.00pm-6.00pm

Comparative Literature Taster

Wednesday 24th February 2021

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

Online Event

Free Admission

Are you interested in studying literature from around the world? In how texts, myths and ideas travel across time and space? If so, Comparative Literature is the degree for you! At QMUL, Comparative Literature is housed in its own department and taught by trained comparatists. We recognise that in an increasingly globalized world, cultural forms can better be understood if we think about them globally. Only in a Comparative Literature programme is it possible to do a course on the novel that ranges from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, and includes examples from England, France, Spain, Russia, India, China, Argentina and Nigeria. In this taster session, you’ll learn more about the modules we offer (ranging from the global short story to representations of climate change across the world) and about the questions that comparatists are interested in: for example – how has the idea of the hero changed since antiquity? What cultural and historical shifts made it possible for our heroes to change from Odysseus, the cunning, triumphant and virile protagonist of Homer’s epic, to the hero of Joyce’s Ulysses, an ordinary middle-aged man whose wife cheats on him? You will get a chance to meet some of our students, who’ll tell you what it’s like to study at QM, and you’ll hear about the careers that our graduates have gone on to pursue. Students with no language qualifications and students with knowledge of a foreign language are equally welcome! This Taster Day is suitable for Years 10 to 13; no prior knowledge of the subject is necessary. 

Taster Session Schedule

5:00-5:10: Welcome. What is Comparative Literature? In this session, Prof Angus Nicholls, will explain what makes Comparative Literature such an exciting subject. You’ll discover what makes us so different from English or Modern Languages departments, hear about what modules we offer, learn about our optional year abroad and find out where some of our graduates are today.

5:10-5:30: Myth as the Object of Comparison: The case of Orpheus and Eurydice Led by Prof Angus Nicholls, this session will allow you to explore comparative literature in action, and compare texts across different linguistic traditions, historical periods, and artistic mediums, such as literature, the visual arts and film. The 'object' of comparison will be the character of Orpheus, the poet of ancient Greek myth who descends into the underworld to rescue his bride, Eurydice. This myth has captivated the imaginations of writers and artists since antiquity, and used to reflect upon love, death, artistic creation, gender relations, and feminism. The comparison will involve the Roman poet Ovid, the Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke, the French artist, writer and filmmaker Jean Cocteau, and the Canadian poet and novelist Margaret Atwood.

5:30-5:45: Q and A with current students This 15-minute slot is your chance to ask our current students about the programme, the modules they’ve taken, living in London, etc.

5:45-6:00: Advice/Questions/Personal Statement We’ll wrap up by giving you a chance to ask any questions. Prof Angus Nicholls will also tell you more about our requirements for entry and about what we look for in a personal statement.


Booking opens soon!


Linguistics Taster - Wednesday 17th March 2021, 5.00pm-6.00pm

Linguistics Taster

Wednesday 17th March 2021

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

Online Event

Free Admission

Have you ever wondered what studying linguistics at university involves? Come along to our 2nd taster session of this academic year in the Department of Linguistics at Queen Mary University London! You will discover how a BA in Linguistics offers new perspectives on language, culture and society, and you’ll also have the opportunity to hear from BA students in Linguistics about their own year abroad and work experiences during their degree.


Welcome! Introduction to the Department of Linguistics

A short overview of studying linguistics at QMUL, delivered by our Head of Department, Professor Hagit Borer.



Lecture: The remarkable brains of babies

In this lecture, Dr Kathleen McCarthy will talk about how young babies learn the sound patterns of the languages around them, and the extraordinary developmental leaps they make in the first year of life.


Lecture: The hidden rules of speech sounds

Here, Dr David Hall will talk about phonological patterns: the idea that the sounds that you produce when talking follow some surprising hidden rules!



Session with current students

In this session, you will have the opportunity to hear from students currently studying linguistics in the department. You will hear from a student who went on a university exchange to Seoul, Korea, from another who did a work placement at Goldman Sachs, and from another whose internship brought her to Phrasee. All of these experiences came about through a degree in linguistics within our department!


After each session, you will have the opportunity to ask questions.


Booking opens soon!


Film Studies Taster - Wednesday 24th March 2021, 5.00pm-6.00pm

Film Studies Taster

Wednesday 24th March 2021

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

Online Event

Free Admission

Embedded within the heart of the East End’s creative hub, the Department of Film is one of the most prestigious UK centres for Film Studies. As well as being home to academically acclaimed researchers, and hosting the Centre for Film and Ethics, the Department remains at the forefront of the field with its state-of-the-art facilities and visits from the most exciting filmmakers and thinkers of the day.

At undergraduate level we offer a range of distinctive and career-oriented degree pathways. This Taster Session will present an overview of who we are and what we do, mentioning some of our exciting and pioneering work in film theory and practice. You will be able to gain an insight into the multifaceted world of film analysis from the standpoint of film culture, philosophy and global cinemas alongside film practice perspectives. The taster sessions are designed to illustrate the multifarious opportunities afforded by our various programmes to engage with diverse dimensions of film. Department staff will be happy to provide information and respond to questions following the taster sessions. There will be an opportunity to meet some of our students, who will be able to answer queries about the student experience at QM.

This Taster Day is suitable for Years 10 to 13. Students with a background in film and related subject areas are equally welcome!


5.00-5.15: Eugene Doyen: Welcome to Film at Queen Mary - Specialisms and Activities

In this presentation, Eugene Doyen, lecturer in Film Practice, will introduce the film department at QMUL and explain the type of work we all do here in terms of teaching, research, events and activities.

5.15-5.30: Dr Mario Slugan: Lecture

5.30-5.45: Q&A session: Q&A with Current Students

This 15-minute slot is your chance to ask our current students about the programme, the modules they’ve taken, living in London, etc.

5.45-6.00: Q&A session with Film Studies staff

This segment will present the opportunity to pose any specific queries regarding the programme, entry requirements, personal statement, etc.


Booking opens soon!


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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