Modern Foreign Languages
Languages are increasingly important in the business world and globalised society. Studying languages enables us to communicate effectively with people from around the world. In addition, it opens doors to new cultures and experiences.
We look to develop students’ confidence in a range of transferable skills, along with reinforcing high standards of literacy, in order to provide the skills that will help them be successful in any professional field.
Our students will gain a cultural understanding of the target language countries. This is achieved through a range of topics, film, food, festivals and a residential trip abroad. Students learn how to communicate effectively in a range of tenses, in addition to debating skills, both for everyday purposes as well as to discuss global and moral issues.
Through studying grammar in a second language, along with translation, students will benefit from an improved understanding of English. They also gain skills of inferring information, gauging mood and tone, and understanding a variety of texts both factual and fictional. This will help link to other subjects too and improve all-round confidence in speaking, encouraging them to be open-minded individuals and citizens of the world who respect and appreciate different cultures, and can profit from a variety of opportunities for future career paths.
Year 8 students have the opportunity to go on a residential trip to France. We are in the process of setting up further cultural links within the classroom setting. Furthermore, we encourage pupils to foster a love of languages through learning about the culture by taking part in a range of cultural challenges within the department.