Why study a Modern Foreign Language?

The ability to speak and understand a foreign language is an important part of a person’s overall education, for travelling abroad or communicating with other nationalities in any aspect of work. It is therefore useful for most careers, but especially in the travel and tourism industry, international business, foreign office, finance, technology, journalism and teaching.

Spanish is one of the world’s major languages, and it is the official language of most of South and Central America. Wouldn't it be impressive to be able to offer your product or service to the 350 million people whose mother tongue is Spanish? In North America, Hispanic consumers are the fastest-growing market segment. Undoubtedly, if you are bilingual, you will be more marketable and have more career choices than your monolingual counterpart. Globalization, with it’s accompanying free trade agreements is shrinking the business world, and those who know more than one language will definitely have the edge.

What is involved?

The GCSE course covers three distinct themes as well as related sub-topics. These themes apply to all four skills. Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries or communities where Spanish is spoken. Students sit their examinations at the end of the GCSE course in Year 11 in all four skills. Each paper counts for 25% of the overall marks. The main themes studied are:
• Identity and culture
• Local, national, international and global areas of interest
• Current and future study and employment



Mrs Fiona Temple-Smith

Head of Modern Foreign Languages

Fiona is passionate about providing an aspirational, engaging and inclusive curriculum; one that encourages intellectual curiosity, enhanced 
communicative skills, confidence, independence, risk-taking and resilience, thereby developing lifelong learning skills. She firmly believes that 
embedding these 21st Century skills gives our students the tools they need to succeed in our ever-evolving world.



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