Housed in the recently renovated Foley Building, the Languages Faculty is taught by expert teachers with enthusiasm and passion for their languages. With a wealth of modern resources and pupil access to online textbooks and personalised activities, the department is in touch with the latest thinking in the teaching and learning of foreign languages. We also have very positive links with the Liverpool Hope University Teacher Training course.
The College place great emphasis on modern foreign languages with all pupils studying French and/or Spanish at Key Stage 3 Level, consisting of two lessons per week for each language.
At GCSE, all pupils must study at least French or Spanish, but opting for both languages at KS4 remains a popular choice. We arrange trips to specialised GCSE revision days which have proved to be very popular and hugely beneficial to our pupils in preparation for their French and/or Spanish examinations.
In the Sixth Form we have AS and A2 groups studying French and Spanish, with a number of pupils continuing their study of languages on to university. KS5 pupils enjoy visits to local universities for tailored study days to prepare them for their forthcoming examinations and to give them an insight into studying a language at university level.
In an ever increasing global economy, language skills are becoming a vital part of conducting business. Emphasis is placed on helping pupils to become confident communicators in the target language, whilst at the same time giving them opportunities to develop their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. We see intercultural understanding as an important element of languages learning and try to give pupils a deeper appreciation of the language and country itself.
KS3 pupils enjoy visits to both Spain and France and these are seen an important part of the curriculum. These trips are extremely popular and educationally rewarding for everyone involved. Further opportunities to offer practical language trips to KS4 and KS5 pupils are currently being developed so pupils can benefit further from immersing themselves in the native learning environments.