Welcome to the languages Department.A common question when students see they are offered a language on the curriculum is why study French?
- It is a world language,more than 200 million people speak French on the five continents. The Francophonie,the international organisation of French-speaking countries, comprises 68 states and governments. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the ninth most widely spoken language in the world.French is also the only language, alongside English, that is taught in every country in the world.
- It is a language for the job market, an ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market. A knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world. As the world’s fifth biggest economy and number-three destination for foreign investment, France is a key economic partner.75% of UK employers want language skills, whether or not they are directly related to a job.Administration, finance, journalism, law, media, travel and tourism, engineering and construction are just a few of the industries where languages are in demand.
- It is the language of culture,French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. A knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature, as well as films and songs, in the original French.
- It is a language for travel,France is the world’s number-one tourist destination and attracts more than 70 million visitors a year. A little French makes it so much more enjoyable to visit Paris and all the regions of France.
- It is a language for higher education,A language qualification will enhance a university application. A language qualification can open doors to international work experience.
- It is the other language of international relations,French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts. French is the language of the three cities where the EU institutions are headquartered: Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg.
- It is a language that opens up the world, after English and German, French is the third most used language on the Internet, ahead of Spanish.
- It is a language that is fun to learn, French is an easy language to learn. There are many methods on the market that make learning French enjoyable for children and adults alike. It does not take long to reach a level where you can communicate in French.
- It is a language for learning other languages,French is a good base for learning other languages, especially Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian) as well as English, since fifty per cent of current English vocabulary is derived from French.
- It is the language of love and reason,first and foremost, learning French is the pleasure of learning a beautiful, rich, melodious language, often called the language of love. French is also an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking, which is a valuable skill for discussions and negotiations.
So, what do we do?
We use the Metro textbooks and we cover a range of topics so as to acquire skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. At the end of the Key Stage, all students are entered for the Entry Level Certificate, ensuring everyone leaves with a qualification in languages. For those who decide to pursue the course, they then are entered to follow the Edexcel GCSE course at both Foundation and Higher levels.