Modern Foreign Languages – Ages 16-18

Academic Programme

The aim of the A Level modern language course is to help students increase their awareness of the need to speak a foreign language, to appreciate the nature and diversity of different cultures and people and to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and employment.

One language sets you in a corridor for life.  Two languages open every door along the way

Frank Smith

Resources

A Level groups are taught by dedicated linguists, including some native speakers, in purpose-built classrooms, using the latest textbooks and digital resources.  Students also benefit from having one to one lessons with native language assistants in addition to their timetabled lessons, to improve their fluency in spoken language.

Attitudes to language learning are positive; uptake at A Level is strong.  A large number of our A Level students go on to study one of their chosen languages at university or combine a language with their studies in Accountancy, Business Studies, Engineering, English, Law, Medicine and Veterinary Science.

Co-Curricular Activities

We strongly encourage all students to take part in our annual homestay visits to Spain and France during the Easter holidays, where students attend intensive lessons in the mornings, followed by a programme of activities in the afternoons.  Students of German are advised to participate in the exchange visit to Koblenz, where they will experience a German Gymnasium and what it is like to live as part of a German family.

Our after school French film club seeks to broaden students’ interest in and knowledge of themes to complement the A Level syllabus including the occupation, diversity and difference and music: M. Batignole, La vie en Rose, Intouchable, Le Placard, are just a few of the films that have been offered this year.

We have enjoyed considerable success in French debating challenges, organized by Business Language Champions: we are two-time winners of this event, the latest being in December 2017.

The European Day of Languages

Year 13 pupils Sarah Astill and Olivia Delargy led a most informative and entertaining assembly for the European Day of Languages which took place on 26th September.  They outlined the fact that English is only spoken by a very small minority and consequently the importance of learning other languages.  This point was highlighted through their lively quiz, which included well known lines from famous films including Star Wars, and proved to be very popular with students.  The benefit of learning foreign languages was clearly and enthusiastically communicated!

The Modern Foreign Languages House Competition

The Modern Foreign Languages department has recently launched a House Competition for each year group.  Simply turn up and complete a short vocabulary test which will win a point for your House and help you with your vocabulary learning.   The quizzes are updated twice a month so there are plenty of points up for grabs!

Staff

Mrs S Cushing, Head of Languages – scushing@ratcliffecollege.com
Miss S Beddoes, Second in Languages – sbeddoes@ratcliffecollege.com
Miss M Casas, Teacher of Spanish – mcasas@ratcliffecollege.com
Mrs A Crebbin, Teacher of French and Spanish – acrebbin@ratcliffecollege.com
Mr P McCrindell, Teacher of German –pmccrindell@ratcliffecollege.com

Mrs W Zaragoza, Spanish Language Assistant – wzaragoza@ratcliffecollege.com
Mlle D Carlotti, French Language Assistant – dcarlotti@ratcliffecollege.com
Herr M Münsch, German Language Assistant – mmünsch@ratcliffecollege.com