Senior - Modern Foreign Languages

Learning another language takes you to the heart of another people and another culture.  We live in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual society and at the College we know that language skills are vital for our students.  Languages form part of the core curriculum and our girls achieve consistently high results.

We aim to develop enthusiastic and confident language learners whose skills are based on strong grammatical foundations, enabling genuine manipulation of the language.

Our Department exploits a range of text and digital teaching resources as well exposing students to the cultural context of the language through, film, music and current affairs.

All girls start French in Year 7 and begin German in Year 8.  At GCSE they are able to continue with either or both languages:  the course aims to equip students with the skills to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence, as well as to broaden their cultural horizons.

At A level the girls study technological and social change, artistic culture, and the political landscape of France/Germany.  Throughout their studies, they will examine the issues and influences which have shaped these countries. They will study texts and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice.

Our A level students attend a range of university language conferences and master classes; they travel to the BFI for a Film Study Day, to the Insitut Français and to the Goethe Institute in London.

We place a great deal of importance on offering our students the opportunity to travel to France and Germany.  We organise trips to Le Touquet in Year 7, Normandy in Year 11.  We have run cultural trips to Paris.  There is a biannual History/German trip to Berlin or Munich.

We participate in a range of competitions, such as The National Foreign Language Spelling Bee, The National Foreign Language Translation Bee and The Stephen Spender Prize.