Being able to speak other languages is a skill that gets you ahead. A language facilitates entry to the European and global marketplace. It can give a competitive edge over an opponent and is a qualification that employers respect. Being successful at another language shows good communication skills and demonstrates to employers that you are willing to learn new skills and welcome a challenge.
Employers value the key skills developed by language learners – communication skills, team working, interpersonal skills, presentation and problem solving skills, organisational skills and good learning strategies.
Using a language is also a social activity and language learning leads to encounters with people from many backgrounds and cultures. Living and working abroad can enrich your life and open many doors. Understanding other cultures increases respect and tolerance for all.
‘One in every five British exporters knows it is losing overseas business through its inability to overcome language and cultural differences’
(BCC Language survey: The impact of foreign languages on British business)
To study a language means:
- Maximum career prospects – You will be very employable
- Maximum experience – There are many personal benefits
- Maximum choice – Over 7,000 university courses include languages
- Maximum travel and fun – Easier if you can speak the lingo!
GCSE French and Spanish AQA syllabus. The four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are all examined. Topics include:
- Everyday activities
- Personal and social life
- The world around us
- The world of work
- The international world
What can I do with a Foreign Languages qualification?
Languages can be studied at all levels in further and higher education. Jobs in business, imports and exports, marketing and sales are all popular. Also travel and tourism, teaching, interpreting and translation, national and European government, IT, banking and finance, diplomatic service, voluntary aid, hotel and catering and any role requiring liaison with international countries.
All students study French in Y7 and 8. In Y8, they also experience a small amount of Spanish.
Topics over the 2 years include: self and family, house and homelife, town and feetime, food and shopping.
Students develop their understanding of grammar and syntax whilst pracising the skils of listening, speaking, reading and writing.