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“His GCSE and A level results reflect the hard work, commitment, enthusiasm and dedication of all the teaching staff and of course fully recognise the excellent leadership.”

Modern Languages

Introduction

“The ability to speak more than one language is critical to succeed in business in Europe, Asia/Pacific and Latin America.”

“It will be “more important than today” for executives to be at least bilingual.”

“Although English remains the dominant language of international business, multilingual executives clearly have a competitive advantage. This will only increase with the continued globalization of commerce and the growing power and presence of emerging nations.”

Korn/Ferry International. (Recruiting company)

Thanks to new technology and improved travel and communications, the world has become a much smaller place. In the Modern Languages Department we feel that it is crucial that we all learn to speak and understand each other. Employers are often asking for candidates with language skills and a qualification in a language places our pupils in a strong position for interesting employment with plenty of career opportunities. Examples of employment where language skill are particularly valued include journalism and the media, law, engineering, business and marketing, ICT, travel and tourism, customer service, Civil Service and teaching in the UK and abroad.

Facilities

Pupils will be taught using a variety of methods in order to maximise success in all five language skills, speaking, listening, reading, translation and writing. Equal emphasis is placed on the five skills and pupils are encouraged to express themselves independently in the language so that they gain confidence early on and achieve the fluency, independence and sophistication vital for success. We use the School’s impressive ICT equipment whenever possible and the Internet is obviously a great source of material for linguists.

Curriculum

Upon entering the school, from September 2017 all pupils in Year 7 learn French, German or Spanish and are timetabled for three 1 hour MFL lessons per week. From Y9, pupils continue to study their chosen language up to GCSE. The Board used by the Department is AQA.

In the 6th Form pupils may carry on to study their language at A-level where we also use the AQA Board. Pupils will study the language, literature and culture of the respective country in greater depth and must supplement their class-work with private reading and listening work, which can be retrieved from the computer or borrowed from the Department.

General

Foreign trips, exchanges and penfriend links are actively encouraged by the Department. We have an active penpal scheme with a school in North-Germany as well as in southern France, which is very popular. It is an important aspect of the MFL Department that we support ALL foreign languages, as they offer the same learning skills and are equally valued.

Staff

There are four members of the department Miss M Barton, Mrs J Brook, Miss D Dunkel (Subject Leader) and Miss V Wright.