We believe translation is an essential skill which teaches us to think critically about the world.

Language-learning and translation are much more than purely communicative tools. They train us to be self-aware, creative and linguistically dextrous. They teach cross-disciplinary skills which enrich our approach to any academic subject or career path.

About Shadow Heroes

Many students feel learning languages is too difficult and not important.

The emphasis placed on Western European languages at schools creates a perceived hierarchy, so that students with knowledge of other languages do not see themselves as linguists. Translation is also a new and challenging addition to the curriculum for both teachers and students.

See Our Workshops

We run series of creative translation workshops which reinvigorate students’ excitement for language-learning whilst engaging them in critical thought.

Led by passionate professional translators, these multilingual workshops are extra-curricular modules aimed at secondary-school and university students of all languages.

About Us
“The Shadow Heroes workshop has helped the students gain a fresh perspective on how the language we use reflects who we are and enabled them to think critically about the assumptions we might have about people from different backgrounds. The activities were imaginative and energised the class.”
– Teacher, Farnborough Sixth Form College
“The workshop have changed the way I see translation: it is a very creative process that requires great knowledge of oneself, society and literary and historical context.”
– Student, Lycée International Winston Churchill
“Pupils learnt to think laterally and outside the box, not just to take things at face value but to really question and think deeply – to question each other and to push their thought processes, both individually and as a team, to hone their translations and to envisage multiple possible outcomes.”
– Teacher, Geneva English School

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