The Languages department aims to develop the four core skills necessary to language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Through this process, pupils will also learn about the different cultures of the countries. It is hoped that pupils will become confident and effective users of the languages studied.
All pupils are exposed to both German and French initially. Some pupils will continue to study both languages, while others will specialise in one.
The department is fortunate to have a number of foreign nationals among its staff, giving the department an international flavour.
The department is extremely well resourced. There are six modern and spacious classrooms for language teaching, situated in the brand new Isaac Newton block. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards and one classroom is equipped with a full set of 30 computers. The latter enables access to IT materials accompanying courses, as well as sites to which the department subscribes.
The department employs full-time Languages Assistants for both French and German. These native speakers hold classes with small groups of pupils in years 12 and 13 as well as assisting with classes in Key Stages 3 and 4. There is a separate room for classes with the assistants and this room also holds the department's library of resources for use by mainly sixth from students. This includes a size able collection of foreign language DVDs, Cd's and books.
The department also has satellite television allowing access to a number of French and German television and radio channels. In French, Expo and Metro are followed as course books, for French, unit summaries – giving the defined content for each unit of work – are available to pupils on R drive ‘Languages’, as are the major part of the materials used for the Topic Areas at KS4.” whilst the German department uses Logo. At AS and A2 level, materials used originate from a variety of sources.
Mr Simon Nicholls (French and Head of Languages): 8Q1 8M1 9M1
10C 1/A Yr12 Yr13
Mrs Colette Martin (French and Assistant Head teacher for Teaching and Learning): 7D 8M3 9M2 9Q1 10D 11A
Mr Otto Acs (German and Head of German): 8M2 8Q3 9Q2 10B 10C 11A Yr13
Miss Bieber (German and Head of Year):7A 7C 7E 7D French 8M1 9M2 10D 11A
Mr Bjorn Finke (German): 7A 7D 8M2 8Q2 9M3 9Q3 10B 11A Yr13