The study of foreign languages can be enjoyable, enriching and stimulating – often giving pupils an insight into how their own language works.
At Queen’s, we offer a wide range of languages, giving pupils the opportunity not only to learn how to communicate effectively in many places around the world, but also to gain a better understanding of other cultures.
To begin their language journey, pupils in Year 7 choose two languages from: French, Spanish and German. In French and Spanish, we aim to have different groups, so as to cater for those who have studied these languages previously – while supporting those who are starting these languages from scratch.
Language lessons are supported by modern textbooks and up-to-date technology. Pupils are taught by subject specialists, who combine the best aspects of traditional teaching methodology with the enjoyment offered by hands-on engagement with online resources. Language learning can be challenging at times, but it can also be great fun!
Pupils usually continue to study their chosen languages for three years through into Year 9. Currently we give the students the option to reduce to just one of their languages in order to focus on this solely in Year 9. Students who reduce to just one language must study an introductory business course. After Year 9 most students will want to take only one language when considering their GCSE options but we always have a good number of pupils whose success and enjoyment in two subjects means that they choose to keep up both languages.
Assessment in Modern Languages is done through Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests which are set regularly, often at the end of modules within the text books. For those students in Year 8 currently studying Latin, knowledge of Roman civilisation, along with the skills of comprehension and translation into English are the focus for assessments. All these tests provide opportunities for positive feedback and encouragement.
The provision of overseas visits has changed in recent years. We now run an annual residential language trip for KS3 pupils, visiting either France, Germany or Spain. The value of these trips is considerable and staff give much of their time to accompanying these events, helping to provide an extra, special dimension to the language learning experience of the pupils.