Curriculum statement: Languages
The Power of Languages.
Lead Teacher: Ms K Thexton
Learning a language provides a way of crossing cultural barriers, allowing students to view the world from a different viewpoint. It encourages them to question what they consider to be ‘normal’ and challenges them to embrace a world that is a rich and diverse place filled with different customs, perspectives, history, arts, literature and ways of communicating.
It also gives students an appreciation of the structure of language and communication, how language in general is built up and how it can be influenced by culture. Students learn to build a firmer understanding of their own language through questioning how others do things and through celebrating diversity.
One particularly important skill which is developed through language learning is that of spontaneous communication as students are challenged to use the building blocks of knowledge for their own purposes.
The curriculum in languages is built around speech, although written communication and comprehension of written and spoken language also figure prominently. Topics taught during the course are regularly revisited and extended and relate to the world that young people live in today.
Language is not just a series of words, and students learn how these connect together; the teaching of grammar is sequenced according to prior learning and key concepts are revisited and extended at each stage of the journey. In addition, students learn problem solving skills and how to deal with unpredictability, developing a flexible approach to learning and use of language.
In order that students experience as many different sides of earning a language as possible we offer many enrichment opportunities such as the study of culture, visits abroad, language taster sessions and poetry, literature and film – based lessons.