“With languages, you are at home anywhere.” – Edward De Waal
The ability to speak another language can give you a greater understanding of other cultures and also requires you to develop higher level skills which are appreciated by employers.
At Regents Park Community College, we are very proud to offer French and Spanish. Students are asked to state a preference between those two languages upon entry to the school. Currently, students study one language which can, of course, be continued as a GCSE option.
Students in Years 7 and 8 (Key Stage 3) have 3 lessons per week in Languages. Years 9 and 10 also have 3 lessons per week as part of their GCSE course and Year 11 students in Languages have 4 lessons per week. Students are assessed across the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. In the GCSE examination, the reading and writing papers include translations into and out of English. We are following the AQA exam board.
We have 4 members of staff in the Modern Foreign Languages team.
Mrs Sturdy (Curriculum Leader) - Spanish, French and German
Mrs Loubier (Assistant Curriculum Leader) - French and Spanish
Miss Kingswell - Spanish and French
Mr Brown - French and German
“A different language is a different vision of life.” – Federico Fellini
Students with second languages from across the world are actively encouraged to consider taking the GCSE to demonstrate their skill if there is a qualification available in their home language. In recent years, we have had students completing their GCSEs in Polish, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin, Arabic and Urdu, to name but a few.
“Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom.” ‒ Roger Bacon
We are keen to arrange educational visits to enable you to practise your skills. In recent times, RPCC students have visited Boulogne, Lille, Madrid and Barcelona. Also, more locally, we participate in the University of Southampton Able Linguist event which takes place normally in June.
To support students in improving their language skills, here is a list of websites which can assist in language learning:-
http://www.quizlet.com (you will need to create a log in)
If you would like to see more of what we do, we often post examples of work via our Twitter page.