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The Modern Languages Department comprises 9 members of staff who are highly qualified in a range of languages and very flexible They are focused on pupils enjoying learning languages and achieving their best. They provide stretching work for the gifted and talented pupils and support for pupils who need more help. There are also three Foreign Language Assistants -one each for French, German and Spanish. The department trains graduates who wish to enter the teaching profession.
Both sites have dedicated languages rooms. They are all equipped with interactive whiteboards or data projectors. In addition, Clarendon House has a new Language Lab. facility. Both sites can use video-conferencing links for working with schools throughout the world.
In our lessons we try and encourage you to speak freely and to learn how to express complex ideas. We want you to have a good understanding of how the language you are studying operates but also what it means to live in a French, German or Spanish speaking country. You can be sure that if you choose a language at A-level. it will combine well with any subject and will give you a great advantage on the careers ladder and even more so nowadays when less schools offer modern languages at GCSE.
We hope that at the end of the course you will want to study your chosen language further whether this be as a languages degree or as a degree which combines two subjects including language. Studying one or two European languages at A-level also means that you can choose from a wide number of other languages at university. You could study Arabic or Mandarin or Japanese. Why not?
Visits abroad are an increasing feature of language learning in the Federation and many of our students feel confident enough to spend a year abroad before they embark on their university course.