“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Nelson Mandela
Learning a language allows pupils to become more confident communicators not only in a foreign language but also in English. Pupils are encouraged to discover new language and grammar for themselves in lessons through deep learning and express their opinions on various topics in French, German or Spanish. All language teaching uses a range of strategies to keep language learning engaging and enthusiastic, drawing upon pupils’ knowledge of English to find patterns in the foreign language.
At Epsom and Ewell High school all year 7 students will experience language learning in French, German and Spanish; covering one language per term. This offers students an introduction to the main European languages, but also broadens pupils’ horizons by introducing new cultures and traditions from around the world.
All pupils take a language at GCSE; however pupils themselves have a choice in which language this is. There is also the option to take two languages at GCSE level and there are a good number of students in year 9 and year 10 who have opted to do this.
At GCSE pupils discover new language covering a range of topic areas from family and relationships to the environment and social problems. By the end of year 11 students are able to identify key information by reading and listening in the language, however also produce written and spoken language themselves.
The languages department continues to run a number of school trips for all year groups to various destinations across France, Germany and Spain, including Barcelona, Berlin, Cologne and Boulogne. This allows pupils to experience the language in its daily use and discover the culture of the country first-hand. For many students this is a highlight of language learning and has led to a large number of students continuing with languages up to A-level and at university.
Course specifications can be viewed by clicking on the links below.