“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Nelson Mandela.
The Modern Languages Department offers a vibrant and dynamic learning environment for pupils of all ages. We are committed to promoting a love of languages in all pupils, using a range of activities and engaging resources. We understand the necessity of making the study of languages relevant to young people and this is now easier than ever, due to the wealth of authentic materials available through the Internet. Lessons can be based around current events in the countries of the languages taught, using ‘real’ texts, whether this be a discussion based on that morning’s news, as reported in the country, or watching an extract from a target-language film or television programme and writing a continuation of the scene. This is very motivating for pupils, who learn about the culture of their chosen country while becoming more proficient linguists as a result.
We are a hard-working and supportive department, which aims to provide our pupils with a range of learning opportunities outside the classroom, from project work on French films, to learning a Spanish song by heart or performing a German fairy-tale play. Pupils also have access to numerous online resources to help build vocabulary and perfect essential grammar knowledge. A range of popular study visits and exchanges to attractive destinations, such as Linz, Paris and Valencia, complement our courses and allow pupils to discover for themselves just how enjoyable it is to communicate in another language while experiencing new surroundings and different ways of life.