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Why Study Another Language?

French is widely spoken on five continents, in 43 countries and by approximately 200 million people. It is one of the principal languages of diplomacy and international organisations. France is also our nearest continental neighbour with an immense variety of landscapes, and is therefore an ideal holiday destination.

It might also be surprise to learn 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.

You may be interested to discover that Spanish is the third most widely-spoken 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, politics, architecture and history, for travel, for work, in their geography and in their peoples.

 

Modern Languages at King's
Our excellent resources and facilities ensure that we engage linguists at all levels. All our classrooms are equipped with digital projectors and we have a dedicated ICT suite for languages. Our expert staff are highly skilled, motivated and 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.

A Whole New World

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.

 

The Erasmus Society

Named after famous theologian Desiderius Erasmus, the Erasmus Society held their inaugural meeting in September 2015. The society was set up by Mrs Cruttenden, the former Head of Modern Languages at King’s, in order to bring together all the students who study a Modern Foreign Language, as well as Classics. The group encourages pupils to develop an interest in not only the languages they learn, but also the culture of the countries from which they stem.

Talks have included the difficulties of accurate translations and how a direct translation from a foreign language does not always make sense in English, and a look at the origins of a number of languages.

 

Dr Laura Burgos

BA, University of Granada, MA, International University Menéndez Pelayo, PhD, Complutense University of Madrid
Head of Modern Languages

Karen McSwiggan

BA, Reading University
Modern Languages Teacher

Audrey Larouche

BA, Université Laval
Modern Languages Teacher

Lisa Wrobel

BA, University of Exeter
Modern Languages Teacher

Lydia Sloan

BA, University of Exeter
Modern Languages Teacher
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