Faculty Staff and roles
Ms F Lagrange: Director of Learning – International Coordinator
Mrs R Hallett: Teacher of Spanish and French
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”.
Learning a new language requires dedication (we recommend 10-15 minutes of independent revision daily) yet it offers the opportunity to develop a wide range of transferable skills and improve literacy and grammatical knowledge of English at the same time. There are many benefits to learning a Spanish, which include:
- ◦ Communicating with people in 21 countries around the world who speak Spanish as a native language, with a total of around 440 million native speakers. In addition, 6 further countries have Spanish as a commonly used language, with the second-largest Spanish speaking population in the world being in the United States of America.
- ◦ Developing knowledge of English. Spanish is from the Romance language family of languages, its roots coming primarily from Latin, the language spoken by the Romans. As you might know, English, too has many words of Latin origin. Because of this, knowing Spanish helps speakers of English (as well as some other European languages) broaden their vocabulary in their native language. Often, these same Latin roots are at the base of many sophisticated words in English, so Spanish learners can also become more proficient in English.
- ◦ In addition, a recognition and understanding of these words of Latin origin is especially helpful in certain professions in science, medicine, law, and many others with specialized vocabulary, as the many centuries of Roman rule left their mark linguistically in these and other modern scientific and professional fields.
- ◦ Travelling; knowing the language and culture of the land you visit will give you insights into the people and culture that a non-Spanish speaker would never have access to. Considering that a great number of Spanish speakers do not know English, whether giving an address in a taxi, making reservations in a hotel, ordering food or drinks in a restaurant, or meeting the locals out and about, your travel experience will be much smoother and more enjoyable when you can communicate.
- ◦ Cultural awareness; As more and more people are speaking Spanish world-wide, being able to communicate in Spanish will give you access to culture and people in ways that are not possible through third party translation.
Building a better understanding of others always leads to better relationships and language is the enabling tool which facilitates better understanding of others. It will also help you to expand and improve your use of English as knowing two or more languages develops your overall ability to better articulate your thoughts, ideas and emotions with others.
- ◦ A second language is a requirement for many college and university courses and there is evidence to show that those who become proficient in a second language earn more than those who do not. In an increasingly globalized world, the ability to communicate and do business with those in other countries is becoming a skill which is increasingly necessary instead of a merely desirable, so being able to offer this to potential employers is a definite bonus.
- ◦ A GCSE in a foreign language is also requirement if a student is aiming for the English Baccalaureate.
There are four equally weightedterminal exams, one for each of the skill areas; Listening and understanding in Spanish, Speaking in Spanish, Reading and understanding in Spanish and Writing in Spanish. Further information about the content of the course can be found on the Edexcel website.
Please note, due to the level of proficiency required it is recommended that students have studied Spanish for at least two years before choosing it as an option.
“The conquest of learning is achieved through the knowledge of languages.”
― Roger Bacon, The Opus Majus of Roger Bacon - Volume 1