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Language - Modern
The department is committed to offering an interesting and relevant language learning programme for all pupils and to obtaining the best from those pupils, at whatever level and whatever their abilities.
All members of the department teach at least two languages and all teach or have taught throughout the age range in the Senior School.
French, German and Spanish are taught from Year 5 (Junior School) through to Advanced Level. All linguists sit for AQA at GCSE and Advanced Level.
All rooms in the Modern Languages Centre are equipped with interactive white boards and CD/DVD players. Live television broadcasts in the target languages can be accessed in all rooms in the Modern Languages Centre.
There is a 30-station, state of the art, multi-media Sony language laboratory which significantly enhances language learning in all disciplines. Much use is made of the internet for language learning and for accessing up-to-the minute background information from newspaper, radio and television-station websites. The language laboratory boasts a considerable library of digitised material in the three target languages.
The department has organised a large number of tours to countries where the target languages are spoken and promotes individual exchanges with French, German and Spanish students. We have had students on work experience programmes in France, Germany and Spain. Trips to Paris, Malaga and Berlin have also been organised.