Modern Languages after Marlborough

Category: Academic, General, Speakers

Last Friday we were delighted to welcome back to the College three recent OMs, all of whom have taken their Modern Language studies further since leaving Marlborough, and all of whom are now gaining success through their language skills.

The evening of presentations to the current Upper School modern linguists began with an illustration of how useful and employable their A level and Pre-U language studies are making them, together with some practical tips on making the most of their studies for exam success.

Nick Allport (SU 2006-11) has recently graduated from Exeter where he read Russian with French, gaining a Distinction in spoken Russian. His fascinating talk on travel and study in Russia highlighted the rich cultural experience which he enjoyed there. Alex Kidwell (LI 2006-11) graduated last year from Cardiff where he had read Spanish and History. His year-long experience of working in Colombia during his degree course produced a wealth of fascinating stories, and he is now a graduate trainee at Dyson, with exciting prospects for developing his skills in this multinational company.

Finally, Margo Munro Kerr (MM 2009-14) is currently halfway through her degree course at Wadham College, Oxford, where she is reading Persian. She gave a memorable account of the past year as a student at the University of Tehran, and of her current voluntary work at the Jungle in Calais, where she is working as an assistant and as a translator, using her Persian to help Afghan refugees.

The evening gave all the Marlburian Upper School modern linguists much food for thought, not least on the amazing range of experiences that languages can offer within just a few years of leaving school. Our warm thanks to Nick, Alex and Margo for coming back to give us such an inspiring evening.

Andrew Brown
Head of Modern Languages

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