Welcome to the Languages Department
The Department aims to ensure that every student is educated to a high standard and appropriate to their ability. As a Department we have high expectations of all the students in our care, and we strive to establish an atmosphere in which all students feel safe and confident to succeed. Learning another Language encourages students to work collaboratively and communicate with others. It greatly improves listening skills and increases oral confidence as students try to have conversations with each other or native speakers in the foreign language.
- Alexis McKernan (Joint Head of MFL)
- Kathryn Silvestre (Joint Head of MFL)
- Mrs Monia Selwood (Part time teacher of French / Spanish)
Links to SMSC:
Throughout all Key Stages students learn about the different way the world has shaped us, especially with reference to French and Spanish speaking countries. In all units students will either study different aspects of culture, religion, political implications and how these impact on society. We try to teach students that there are different but equally valid ways of approaching life. A key example would be the cultural topic studied in A level.
Links to British Values including Prevent duty:
The study of languages covers all aspects of our British values, which are constantly referred to when analysing the values of French and Spanish speaking countries.
All students at Harrogate High School study either French or Spanish at Key Stage 3 (years 7 & 8). Currently languages are rotated on an annual basis. For example the intake for 2016-17 will be studying French.
The Department aims to ensure that every student is educated to a high standard and will be grouped according to their ability. As a Department we have high expectaions of all students in our care, and we strive to establish an atmosphere in which all students feel safe and confident to succeed.
Learning another language encourages students to work collaboratively and communicate with others. It greatly improves listening skills and increases oral confidence as students try to have conversations with each other in a foreign language. Having knowledge of a foreign country, its culture, and understanding how people in other countries think, will enable students to interact effectively with them. This is a skill which prospective employers are actively looking for in all professions and industry. Having a qualification in Languages is also the requirement of many universities. Whilst Languages are not compulsory at Harrogate High School, at Key Stage 4 we aim to give the right advice and guidance to students through our pathways programme, to ensure that each student is on the right course and has the best possible chance of success in external examinations.
Where does a Modern Language qualification get you?
Whatever students decide to do as a career, it is possible that they will one day find themselves working for a multi-national company or firm with connections abroad, or even just using the language while on holiday. Employers want people with skills such as engineering, law and chemistry who can speak a language too! Many companies give preference to applicants with suitable language skills.
Teaching and Learning
A variety of teaching strategies are used to engage students through the four skill areas of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Students will take part in group work, co-operative learning, surveys, pair-work, drama, singing, interactive games and quizzes. Computer programmes make a valuable contribution to the acquisition of a foreign language and form an integral part of our teaching. We use a variety of inter-active CD ROMs and other programmes to allow students to practise various skills according to their needs. All our language rooms are equipped with an inter-active white board.
We also often have the use of foreign nationals to assist the teacher both inside and outside of the classroom by promoting their country and culture and by providing valuable authentic speaking practice. As a Department we strive to make our lessons fun and enjoyable for all.
The Department hold additional sessions after school each week to reinforce student learning or extend and deepen student knowledge in preparation for examinations.
Trips and Visits
The Department have, over the last few years, organised many successful trips to both France and Spain. Our last trip in the spring of 2015 was a visit to Paris. Other foreign trips include visits to Cantabria, Barcelona, Normandy and Strasbourg. Students always find these study trips rewarding memorable experiences and enjoy practising their chosen language in the authentic situation.