Modern Foreign Languages
The Modern Languages Department at Worth delivers the teaching of French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Italian and Russian. We aim to engender in our students an enthusiasm for the language and culture of the country concerned. We recognise the need to prepare our students for an increasingly multicultural, multilingual world as well as in the context of existing and emerging business markets.
Three key practices help us to achieve these aims:
- Students come to the School with varying levels of experience and confidence, and no matter where they are on that scale we aim for them to develop confidence whilst having fun and experiencing success. We will give them the individual support and challenge that they need.
- Use of the target language in class is established best practice when appropriate. We are also lucky to have native or near-native speakers within our student body and it is common to hear teachers and students conversing throughout the School in several languages.
- Worth enjoys well-established links with schools in France and Germany, and there are also regular trips to France, Spain and Germany where students experience full language immersion and fun-filled cultural experiences.
Years 7 to 9
French is taught to all students in Years 7 and 8. In Year 9, students opt to study either one or two of the following languages: French, German and Spanish.
Years 10 & 11
Students can choose to study French, German and Spanish to GCSE Level. Classes are streamed and we are proud of our excellent GCSE results. Native speakers or near-native speakers of French and Spanish are taught separately and may sit their GCSE at the end of Year 10. In addition, students may study GCSE Chinese, Italian, Polish and Russian by private tuition.
In the Sixth Form, there is a menu of courses in Modern Languages, including AS and A2, as well as a range of IB courses. In the IB we offer German and Italian 'A' language courses for native speakers; 'B' language French, Spanish and German are available as Higher and Standard Level courses, and Italian and Spanish can be studied as 'ab initio' beginner courses.