Modern Foreign Languages

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“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”

Nelson Mandela


Philosophy of the Faculty
The Faculty aims to promote an enthusiasm for life long language learning and an awareness of the importance of languages in today’s society whilst developing learners’ resilience and an enthusiasm for learning beyond the immediate exam requirements.

What we expect from our students
In order to be a successful linguist we encourage excellent attendance.  We want our students to approach their learning with a positive attitude and a desire to achieve their best.  They will develop their ability to communicate in the foreign language and acquire a wide range of transferable skills.

Visits and Enrichment Activities
We strongly believe in the value of educational visits and extra-curricular activities as a way of engaging students with the wider cultural benefits of language learning.

"Although I'm known first and foremost as an athlete, my foreign language skills have given another dimension
to my career. I regularly use French and German when I travel to compete in Europe."

Paula Radcliffe, Athlete

Educational Visits
We have two well established exchanges with schools in Germany and Tenerife.  In addition to this we run a residential trip to France each year.

“It allows me to explore a different culture and develop my creative thinking, offering a range of different possibilities.”
Honor Mort 10GP

There are a range of opportunities available for students.  Our Foreign Language Assistants run a weekly Language club, Eurolab.  This is open to all year groups. We offer Mandarin to younger students and this culminates in a visit to China Town and the Chinese section of Charing Cross Library.  Every year we look forward to arrival of the Onatti Theatre Company, which performs for Key Stage 4 students in the foreign language.  The play cleverly engages students by using GCSE language in an amusing way.  Sixth Form students have the opportunity to enjoy films in a foreign language at the Sixth Form Film Club. 

Annual Events
We celebrate European Day of Languages and Europe Day by holding events for the whole school.  The Year 7 Song Competition held at the end of the Summer Term is a celebration of the huge amount of learning which has taken place during the year and is something students often remember fondly in later years.

"Anyone can speak Troll. All you have to do is point and grunt."
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Modern Foreign Languages Team:

Mrs B Stavrou, Head of Modern Foreign Languages and German

Ms C Sunman, Assistant Headteacher

Ms V Arulappu

Miss F Artini, Head of Spanish and i/c ISA

Miss M Castan

Mrs G Costaras

Ms H Dehal, Assistant Headteacher

Miss P Fajardo-Romero

Miss S Galbert, Head of Year 8

Miss M Mahiques Navarro