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Modern Languages

In today’s era, multilingualism has become more than just ‘important’. Knowing a foreign language other than your native language has evolved to be extremely beneficial. Whether viewed from the financial or social aspect, being able to communicate in a foreign language helps to make ‘real’ connection with people and provides a better understanding of your language.
What do we Study?

The course has been designed to offer you an accessible, interesting and challenging Year 12. Topics and skills that were developed at GCSE are broadened and enhanced. The topics are interesting and thought provoking and provide you with the language and skills to write and talk about issues that you care about. 

The topics covered include Contemporary Youth Culture and Travel. 

In Year 13 you will build upon the skills you developed over the previous twelve months.  Additional areas of study include Diversity and Difference and France Post Occupation 1940-50.  

Beyond the Classroom 

Our aim is to broaden students’ cultural knowledge and appreciation of  French and Spanish society.   Alongside the course, we are committed to offering our students a first-hand experience of the language through study trips abroad. 

London is the best city in the world to live in when seeking cultural input from other countries. There are a wealth of exhibitions, shows and plays and dedicated language institutes and embassies who are only too happy for students to visit.  

Modern Foreign Languages develop: 
  • Communication, expression, debate, discussion and argument.
  • Creativity.
  • Appreciation of language, literature and inner life.
  • Cultural capital and aesthetic appreciation of the rich heritage of French and Spanish (Literacy at word, sentence and text level).
  • Speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
  • Independence, confidence and self-awareness and self-expression.
  • Because learning a new language requires learning about different cultures, students become more open-minded.
  • Students make more rapid progress in learning a new language if they are risk-takers, resilient, perseverant and self-regulated.
  • Meeting difficult challenges and learning essential employment skills.
Where it might lead

In addition to studying the chosen language further at university and pairing a language with another humanity, there are now more opportunities than ever before to combine language study or a year abroad with absolutely any other subject. Those who have studied pure languages at university have found them useful in virtually any field, from journalism to finance to medicine.

Without doubt, learning a foreign language opens up employment opportunities. For businesses, it is essential to develop and sustain a strong footing in the global economy. Companies appreciate candidates with foreign language skills.