The Modern Foreign Languages Department at Colston’s aims to promote a love of language learning among the pupils.
The ability to speak and understand a foreign language is one valued by prospective employers and we view it very much as a skill on which the pupils will be able to call once they have left school. Our aim is to make the pupils as confident as they can be when using the language and to show them the excitement of being able to communicate in a foreign language.
Our work in the classroom is enhanced by regular trips to target-language countries: the MFL Department offers trips to Bilbao, Seville and Córdoba for Spanish, to Paris, St Omer and Bordeaux for French and to Berlin and Munich for German. These trips are a mixture of cultural activities and the opportunity to use the language; the Spanish trip to Seville involves a visit to a local school where pupils meet and get to know young Spaniards of their own age.
Sixth Form linguists have the opportunity to attend workshops and lectures at universities as well as taking part in a home-stay study visit where they have the opportunity to stay with a host family.