Our department is committed to promoting language learning which is central to the EU’s language policy. The EU encourages everyone to learn and speak more languages in the interests of mutual understanding and communication. Its goal is an EU in which every citizen knows at least two foreign languages in addition to their mother tongue. In years 2 and 3, all students study French. In year 4, the choice of languages includes French, Spanish and German.
- French is studied as a compulsory subject in the 2nd and 3rd forms, where all pupils acquire an understanding of the written and spoken language as well as an insight into French life and culture. By the end of the second year, pupils are able to understand basic written and spoken French and communicate through role-plays.
- In the Fourth Form, pupils have the opportunity to choose French as an option for IGCSE. In the two years leading to the examination, equal emphasis is placed on developing the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
- In the 6th and 7th form pupils develop their linguistic skills, critical and analytical skills for film and literature as well as undertaking independent research into matters of cultural and current interest in France. Emphasis is placed on oral fluency as well as grammatical accuracy and pupils are given every opportunity to form personal opinions on matters of global and individual interest.
- Spanish is offered as a second foreign language at IGCSE level. It is currently an important EU language but it is also a very widely spoken language globally. Students opting for Spanish in the fourth form start the course as beginners and gradually develop the four skills (reading, speaking, listening and writing) leading to the IGCSE examination which they take at the end of the fifth form.
- Spanish A' level is also offered to students and rewards advanced level Spanish language skills and knowledge through appealing content and given opportunities to gain greater understanding of other cultures. It will prepare students to become well-informed and effective communicators.
- German is now offered as a third foreign language at IGCSE level, it being another important EU language. Students opting for German in the fourth form start the course as beginners and gradually develop the four skills (reading, speaking, listening and writing) leading to the IGCSE examination. An intensive beginners’ course is offered by the school at the end of the summer term for students who opt for IGCSE German but have no previous knowledge.