Modern Languages

 Welcome to the Modern Languages Department.

Head of Department: Mr D Radnidge

Teaching Staff:
Miss J Cahill
Mrs D Dunn
Mrs L Coghill
Mrs G Usher-Clark

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At The King Alfred School, students study French in Years 7 and 8. Students will study some of the basics of the language, as well as study some essential cultural differences that exist between our countries. In Year 9, students are able to opt to continue with French or begin a new language, German.

Why learn a language?
"I speak English, so I don't have to learn a foreign language....”  How many of us think or have heard people say this?

Everyone speaks English, right? Well, certainly not everyone speaks English. According to the CIA World Fact Book, only 5.6 % of the world's total population speaks English as a primary language. That number doubles when people who speak English as a second or third language are counted. By conservative estimates, that means that well over four-fifths of the world's population does not speak English.

It's true that English has become a global lingua franca over the past several decades; this fact, however, really should have little effect on the decision to learn a foreign language. The attitude that English alone is enough, in fact, creates self-imposed limitations. To remain monolingual is to stunt educational development, to restrict communication and thinking abilities, and to deny the ability to fully appreciate and understand the world in which we live. Learning another language opens up new opportunities and gives perspectives that might never have been encountered otherwise. Personal, professional, social, and economic considerations all point to the advantages of learning foreign languages. Still not convinced?  Well, feel free to discuss the situation further with a member of the ‘Languages Team’.

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