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Modern Foreign Languages

To study a language is not just to learn to communicate with others but to gain an understanding of different cultures in the world. We believe that the study of a foreign language helps students develop a sense of cultural pluralism, an openness to and appreciation of other cultures. In a globalised world characterised by international links and intercultural connections, linguistic skills are crucial for employment and career as proficiency in a foreign language enhances career opportunities. We work on providing students with the tools to engage with the world around them and to interact with people in it. Specifically, we focus on the core skills of communication; listening, reading, speaking and writing. Alongside these skills, we develop students’ understanding of different cultures around the world.

 

We engage with students’ curiosity about their place in the world, and the similarities and differences of life between different cultures. This comes through the use of authentic examples of foreign language media, film, music, the study of current events in the target language countries and in the wider world. Students are given regular opportunities to practice their skills in lessons and are encouraged to constantly improve and upgrade their skills through independent learning.

The qualification we study for at GCSE for German is Edexcel GN0