MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Our world is continually shrinking and we are fast becoming global citizens, both in business as well as socially. Nowadays, we are all only too aware of the cross-world friendships that can be initiated and maintained via social networking sites, not to mention the opportunities afforded to us as European citizens. As such it is imperative that we are able to interact with people from other cultures. Here at TGGS the Modern Foreign Languages team are passionate about equipping your daughter with the necessary skills to function effectively and thrive within this multi-national world.
All girls study French and German in the first two years; in Year 9 girls may be chosen to continue with both languages or they will concentrate on only one. All students study a Modern Language to GCSE level and they may opt to study two. Once the vocabulary and structures are confidently understood, students are encouraged to practice and manipulate the language through pair and group work. Grammar is taught alongside regular listening and reading comprehension practice, so that there is a sound basis for further study. We enjoy active links with France and Germany through organised exchange visits. Many girls choose to continue with French and German at A level, where the study incorporates aspects of literature, culture and current affairs.
The Modern Language Department organises and leads visits to Germany and France. The purpose of these visits is to combine language learning with a chance to study something of the culture and life of the country. In the exchange programmes girls have the opportunity to live with a family and to welcome a guest to their own homes.
As from September 2011 we will also be offering Spanish ab-initio. This will take place during one lunchtime and one after-school session a week.