By studying languages throughout my time at Trinity, I have learnt many skills that I believe I would not have learnt anywhere else. Learning a language is like all the other timetabled subjects put into one – and then in another language! It is this that makes the language department at Trinity particularly unique, for it recognises the importance of making lessons interesting, fun and relatable. At the moment I am learning about novels, films, history and culture in French and because I’m interested in the content, the skills are easier to pick up.

Georgia – Y13

Modern Languages

Within the Modern Foreign Languages team we are fortunate in having a well-qualified and energetic staff that are firmly committed to mixed -ability teaching and to offering opportunities to all. We are very proud of our achievements both in making languages a popular choice of study for all ages and abilities and also for our examination results which regularly exceed results nationally.

Curriculum Provision

Two languages are now offered from Year 7: French and Spanish, though French, German and Spanish are being taught through to A- level at the moment. For many years we have followed a policy of diversification as this gives greater flexibility and offers students a choice.
Our aim is to give students a positive and enjoyable experience of language learning. This is achieved by adopting techniques which encourage real activity and involvement in the classroom. During the earlier years (7, 8 and 9) the emphasis is placed on building confidence, developing the ability to work cooperatively and to enjoy using the foreign language.

We foster good listening skills and authentic accents, skills, which will enable students to cope with real-life situations. As our students progress through the school, these continue and there is also a gradual development of reading and writing skills which broadens their experience of language and equips them for public examinations. We are also keen to encourage creative and imaginative work and use of ICT.

Organised visits abroad have become a regular part of the Modern foreign Languages’ Curriculum as we feel that they are an integral part of language learning.

By studying languages throughout my time at Trinity, I have learnt many skills that I believe I would not have learnt anywhere else. Learning a language is like all the other timetabled subjects put into one – and then in another language! It is this that makes the language department at Trinity particularly unique, for it recognises the importance of making lessons interesting, fun and relatable. At the moment I am learning about novels, films, history and culture in French and because I’m interested in the content, the skills are easier to pick up.

Georgia – Y13

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