Along with the three exchanges, the department runs a Year 7 day trip to Boulogne-sur-mer, in northern France. Every year in July, Year 7 pupils are given the opportunity to travel to France for the day and experience French culture.
Key Stage 3
Boulogne Day Trip
Every year, in July, the department runs a day trip for Year 7 pupils to Boulogne-sur-Mer, in the North of France. During this trip pupils are given the opportunity to experience French culture and develop their language skills.
Black Forest Trip
This year, in June, the department is running a five day trip to the Black Forest area in South-West Germany, near to the French border.
Pupils will have the opportunity to explore the French city of Strasbourg and the Alsace region of France as well as Freiburg, the capital of the Black Forest in Germany. This trip will allow pupils of both French and German to discover this historical region whilst using their linguistic knowledge.
Key Stage 4
Christmas Market Trip
In December, the Languages department are very pleased to organise a trip to a continental Christmas market. For the past two years we have visited Lille in the North of French and Aachen in Germany. Pupils really enjoy experiencing the culture at this special time of year.
In the Languages department at The Hurst, we not only teach students to speak French, German and Spanish but we also aim to increase their wider communication skills and enhance their cultural knowledge. Languages are taught using a variety of teaching and learning methods, using authentic materials and giving pupils the opportunity to use languages in real-life situations.
Our aims and objectives are to:
Learn about the basic structure of language and how language can be manipulated.
Explore similarities and differences between the language they are learning and English.
Enhance listening, reading and memory skills.
Promote key skills such as communication, IT, working with others, improving learning on their own and problem solving.
Provide a course of study for students of all abilities.
Teach languages in an interesting and stimulating manner, encourage students to enjoy the subject and aim high to realise their full potential for learning.
Offer a foundation on which students can continue language learning post 16.
Languages are becoming increasingly important in today's society. There are numerous reasons why learning a language can enhance experiences and broaden horizons. Benefits of learning foreign languages include:
|-||Tomorrow's world - 52.7% of Europeans are fluent in two languages and in many countries it's normal for people to be able to use three languages.|
|-||Job opportunities - 94% of employers think that foreign langauge skills are important. Knowing languages gives you an edge over monolingual applicants competing for the same jobs.|
|-||Knowing about other cultures - 75% of the world's population does not speak any English at all. The encouter with cultures different from your own leads to an understanding of diverse lifestyles and cultures.|
|-||Travel and study abroad opportunities - Studying abroad can be the opportunity of a lifetime and is becoming more popular. Students are fully immersed and integrated into the academic an social life of the country in which they are studying or travelling through - the ideal way to improve their language skills further.|
|Mrs L Webb||Head of MFL (French/Spanish/German)|
|Mr R Goodfellow||Deputy Head of MFL (German/French)|
|Mrs S White||MFL Teacher (German/French)|
|Mrs A Godfrey||MFL Teacher (German/French)|
The language department subscribes to several language websites, included in the list below.
The gain access to linguascope and atantot, usernames and passwords are available from the MFL team.