Modern Languages after Marlborough

Three Old Marlburians returned to Marlborough on Friday 14th September, all of whom have taken their Modern Language studies further, and all of whom have enjoyed memorable experiences and professional opportunities 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 post-GCSE language studies are making them, together with some practical tips on making the most of their Sixth Form studies for exam success.

Tom Hobby (C3 2009-14) is reading French at Manchester and has just returned from his year abroad in Le Mans, where amongst other activities and travels he worked as an English language assistant in a vocational secondary school in one of the most underprivileged districts of the city. His presentation on his year abroad and on the structure of the Manchester course underlined the broad range of cultural and linguistic topics which a language course offers, together with the impressive list of other languages that can be started at University.

Ed Holroyd Pearce (LI 1995-2000) is co-founder of CRCC Asia, a company with some 40 employees in nine locations around the world. He has used his Chinese which he learned at Marlborough and continued at Cambridge to build the company which offers placements for applicants from the UK and the USA. Particular thanks to Ed for recording his presentation when unable to come to Marlborough on Friday in person.

Finally, Emily Lusty, wife of Patrick (TU 1985-90), guided us along her language filled career path, via teaching, giving us a mouth-watering flavour of the exciting types of language related gap years and other courses and activities abroad which she provides through The Language Gap, the company which she has founded and now runs.

The evening gave all the Marlburian Upper School modern linguists much food for thought, not least on the amazing opportunities that languages can offer from school and well beyond. Our warm thanks to Tom, Ed and Emily for giving us such an inspiring evening.

Andrew Brown
Head of Modern Languages


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