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Academic Development Directorate

Language Tasters

SOAS is uniquely placed to offer schools an insight into the variety of languages that can be studied at university. The Language Taster Day gives school pupils the opportunity to explore the history and culture surrounding a language, sample taster lessons, and meet current students. 

The languages covered include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Turkish, Yoruba, Swahili, and many more, and the aim of the taster day is to raise aspiration and attainment by:

  • Improving generic language skills through exposure to new languages
  • Enabling participants to find out about the wide range of subjects that can be studied in higher education
  • Offering an experience of a university campus
  • Facilitating contact with current students to provide information about university
  • Stirring participants' interest in the study of languages, literature and culture.

Please see below for an example of a previous Language Taster:

Language Taster day, Douay Martyrs school

40 Year 8 students from Douay Martys school came to SOAS and their Language Taster Day included sessions in Chinese and Japanese history, language, and culture. They also enjoyed a campus tour and a student ambassador Q&A.  Comments from participants included:

"I really enjoyed the Japanese and Chinese lesson.  I loved the Japanese it was really understandable and fun and all got involved."

"I really enjoyed the tour + asking questions to uni students!"

"The taster gave a great insight into non-European languages and their structures." [Teacher evaluation]

"I learned how to say hello and goodbye in Chinese + Japanese. Plus, I now know how to say and write my name in Japanese!"

Further enquiries

Enquiries regarding Language Tasters should be directed to: