“You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once.”
The Modern Foreign Languages department thrives on developing linguistic competence in all our students while offering a wide range of enrichment opportunities. Our aim is to instil a passion and enjoyment for languages and different cultures alike.
To achieve this, we use a range of teaching and learning strategies and tools, such as exceptional use of new technologies to develop all students’ linguistic abilities within different contexts. We run initiatives such as the Language Leaders Programme, informal Chinese lessons and the Language Challenge. Similarly, we have strong links with our partner schools in France, Germany and Spain, which allows us to make learning a language a rich and real experience, through the use of projects on which to base students’ learning.
Year 9 students have the option to study a Single Language Path, choosing between French, German and Spanish, while carrying out the Language Challenge. The Language Challenge is a programme run by Routes into Languages, which allows students to develop research skills in the context of a particular language, normally the one they have chosen to study in Year 9. Students may opt for the Dual Language Path, choosing to study two languages out of French, German and Spanish. Both paths start the GCSE course in Year 9.
In Years 10 and 11, students may study one or two languages for GCSE, with a range of opportunities for project-based learning during the course.
Sixth Form students can study French, German and Spanish at A Level, using the latest technology and tailor-made resources from authentic material.
We are very proud of the success of our linguists in their applications to do language degrees at Oxbridge. Studying languages allows our students to be extremely flexible and highly employable in the global market. It is very common for our linguists to incorporate the study of a language with another subject at university level in order to maximise their employability.