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A Level Languages

A Level Languages

FRENCH, GERMAN, SPANISH, ITALIAN AND LATINHead of Languages – Mrs L Hill BA (Sussex) PGCE (Reading)
Head of French – Mrs F Harvey-Keenan BA (Hons) (Durham) PGCE (Nottingham)
Head of German – Mrs J Gardner (Bradford) PGCE (Herts)
Head of Spanish – Mrs E Franco MA (Leon)
Head of Italian – Mrs S Rinaldi (Head of Italian and Latin)



Department Rationale

As the British Council has said, it is hard to know which language is likely to be of most use. The important thing is to increase the number of people who feel able, not unable, to travel, explore, navigate and engage at some level with people in other languages.  Learning a language is a vital life skill, particularly in a post-Brexit world,  where young people must engage with people of different nationalities and cultures.

Through the study of social, intellectual, historical and political themes, students will be able to develop their linguistic knowledge and cultural understanding of the countries/communities where the languages are spoken.

Department Aims & Objectives

  1. To break down cultural stereotypes to foster a spirit of international relations.
  2. To develop critical autonomy through the exploration of wider political, social and cultural contexts, and the discussion of issues and debates relevant to all countries.
  3. To develop an understanding of the social, political, and technical systems of a country, as well as the innumerable aspects of daily life that are important to that nation’s identity and culture.
  4. To promote academic essay writing skills and techniques that allow students to write critical and reflective essays in a balanced and structured way.
  5. To enhance students’ appreciation of the attention to detail required to construct a coherent and accurate answer, whether it be a spoken piece, an essay, or the transfer of meaning through translation.
  6. To develop students’ ability to undertake thorough independent research into a variety of issues and current affairs, across a range of different sources.
  7. To develop control of the language system to convey meaning using spoken and written skills with a view to becoming confident, accurate and independent users of the language.
  8. To promote engagement with current affairs and contemporary social/cultural trends through the discussion of topical or historical issues in the language studied.
  9. To equip students with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them to proceed to Further Study or employment.
  10. To prepare students for the demands of Higher Education by promoting engagement with academic scholarship and independent approaches to learning




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