Our excellent resources and facilities ensure that we engage linguists at King's at all levels. All our classrooms are equipped with digital projectors, and we have a dedicated ICT suite for languages. Our staff are highly skilled and motivated and are constantly exploring new teaching tools and resources. Language learning at King's is lively, active and exciting.
Throughout the Fifth and Sixth Forms our excellent native-speaker language assistants provide weekly conversation lessons for pupils. Their teaching supports the learning taking place in language lessons and is a vital component in our pupils' experience of the language and its country.
We challenge our pupils to broaden their horizons and take charge of their learning. Whether this is through a language exchange or through the opportunities our ICT facilities offer for independent study, we are proud of our confident and dynamic modern linguists. School exchanges are regularly arranged to Germany, and pupils are also able to arrange one-to-one exchanges with young people of their age.
In addition to the French, German and Spanish staff, teaching can usually be arranged in Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Italian for pupils joining King's who already have experience of these languages. Mandarin is also offered as an activity at beginners' level.
We firmly believe that successfully learning another language enriches your life forever. Knowledge of languages opens doors to another world. Nothing can replace reading a novel or seeing a play in the original language, and visits to foreign countries are so much more interesting if you can eavesdrop on conversations in buses and restaurants, read what is written all around you, and speak to anyone you meet.
French is widely spoken on five continents, in 43 countries, by approximately 200 million people. It is one of the principal languages of diplomacy and of important international organisations. Furthermore the prestige of French art, music, dance, fashion, cuisine and cinema makes French a culturally important foreign language. France is also our nearest continental neighbour with an immense variety of landscapes, and is therefore an ideal holiday destination.
Mrs L Cruttenden (Head of French)
Mrs M Duckham
Mrs L Wrobel
It might surprise you to find out that German is the most widely spoken language in Europe. More people speak German as their native language than any other language in Europe, since Germany's 83 million inhabitants make it the most populous European nation. It is also an official language of Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. While learning German can connect you to 120 million native speakers around the globe, it is the third most popular foreign language taught worldwide and the second most popular in Europe and Japan, after English.
Mrs L Wrobel (Head of German)
Mrs K McSwiggan
Spanish is one of the third most widely-used languages in the world, after Mandarin Chinese and English. The cultures of Spain and Latin America offer the richest possible mix of interests in language, literature, film, food, dance, music, politics, fashion, architecture, art, history, for travel, for work, in their geography and landscapes and in their peoples.
Mrs L Cruttenden
Mrs M Duckham