Why Study Languages?
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Why learn languages?
Key Stage 3 and 4 – At Kingsdale we offer students in year 7 the unique opportunity to choose two languages from 4 options: Spanish, French, Latin and German. Students usually receive their first choice options and study these for the duration of year 7 and 8. They will have the opportunity to travel to countries where the language is (or was) spoken and discover elements of the culture to bring their studies to life. Students continue with one of their two languages to GCSE level, though increasing numbers are opting to take more than one language at Key Stage 4.
Taking two languages at Key Stage 3 increases students’ ability to see patterns in foreign languages as well as their own, and enhances their understanding across a range of subject areas. Students are often surprised as they make links between key terms in music, science or law - all due to knowing vocabulary terms in another language.
Language learning is a passion which lasts a lifetime and our staff are devoted to passing on their enthusiasm for their subject. Kingsdale students benefit from the expertise of native speakers in each curriculum language and a range of extracurricular activities and catch up sessions offering extra practice. The Languages Department use a great deal of online resources which allow students to take control of their vocabulary learning and prepare for lessons independently such as memrise, activelearn and conjuguemos.
Learning a language at Kingsdale is rewarding, challenging and fun; students enjoy using their knowledge in context through trips and discovering culture through films, music and poetry. At Key Stage 4 students can gain a GCSE which not only shows their academic capability but also opens a door to a world of culture, travel, study and employment.
Key Stage 5 – Adding a language A Level to your CV will see off competitors in the jobs market.
You don’t have to become a teacher, translator or interpreter for a language to be useful in your career. As Britain negotiates its exit from the European Union, languages skills are set to become a great deal more valuable in the workplace. The ability to communicate internationally is increasingly necessary for many businesses, and as a consequence many university courses include or can be combined with a language component.
Combining another subject with a language at university often allows for a year to be spent studying abroad with eligibility for government funding and some exemption from tuition costs.
Furthermore the University of Cambridge and many of the Russell Group universities name Languages as one of the A Level subjects that will keep your higher education options open, giving you further choices when you enter a career.
Achieving fluency in a foreign language is a skill which others will envy and admire in your personal and professional life.
Language learning for life – some useful websites for finding out more: