“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.
Pupils will be taught using a variety of methods in order to maximise success in all four language skills, speaking, listening, reading and writing. Great emphasis is placed on speaking and writing 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.
All pupils in Y7 and Y8 currently learn French or German and are timetabled for three 1 hour lessons per week for each language in the twenty-five period week. In Y9, pupils continue to study their chosen language up to GCSE and can take up a second language (French or German) on a supported Self-Study basis to GCSE. The Board used by the Department is AQA.
In the 6th Form pupils may carry on to study their language at AS/A2 where we also use the AQA Board. Pupils will study the language 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.
Foreign trips, exchanges and penfriend links are actively encouraged by the Department. We have an active exchange visit to the Gymnasium Frechen, near Cologne in Germany, 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.
There are four members of the department Mrs J Brook, Mrs J Davey, Miss D Dunkel (Subject Leader) and Mrs J Tebbut