Routes into Languages is a HEFCE Funded project to promote language learning

Routes into languages

The University of Exeter is one of the universities which together constitute the South West consortium for Routes into Languages. Routes into Languages  is a government funded programme implemented nationally designed to help young people realize the importance of and to benefit from language learning in an increasingly globalised world. 

Over the last few years, our Modern Languages department has built a programme of outreach activities with secondary schools in a bid to enthuse and interest young people in language learning.

Schools and colleges can benefit from outreach activities or campus visits provided by the scheme. We provide:

  • Language talks in schools: these usually last 30-40 minutes and can be tailored to suit different age groups from Year 9-12. Often a student language ambassador from the university will also be available to talk about their year abroad and study at university.
  • Language days: we offer three Year 10 language days and one Year 12 day in French, Spanish and German. Students are also offered a year abroad and student life talk and tour of the campus.
  • Mentoring: we arrange for our language students to spend an hour a week throughout the year, working with your students.
  • Shadowing: we can arrange for your Year 12 students to spend a day shadowing one of our language students.
  • Adopt a class: this scheme links one of your classes to one of our language students currently on their year abroad for an exchange of blogs, emails, videos etc.
  • Teachers’ workshops.
  • Campus visits: these may be available on an individual school basis.

Please contact the Routes Coordinator, Dr. Damien Haucher, on if you are interested in any of these activities.