Modern Foreign Languages
Languages are a core subject at Radnor House Sevenoaks Senior School so every pupil is expected to take at least one language up to GCSE level. Lessons are fun and engaging yet every pupil receives a thorough grounding in the grammar of the language studied.
What makes our MFL department different?
- Highly motivated and dedicated teachers with extensive teaching experience
- Small classes allowing our pupils to benefit from individual attention
- Interactive whiteboards in every teaching room
- Supportive teaching environment which focuses on the use of language to communicate
- Successful, established trips abroad, supported by a thorough programme of preparation
- Co-curricular opportunities for learners to use the language outside of the classroom
- Consistently high exam results
All the teachers in the languages department at Radnor House Sevenoaks are committed to making modern foreign languages accessible, practical and fun! We firmly believe that, during their time with us, all pupils should have the opportunity to learn about and enjoy the culture of the countries where French and Spanish are spoken and that, to compete successfully in the jobs market, our young people need to be equipped with a second language. All our pupils study both Spanish and French in years 7-9, and choose to take either one or both languages to GCSE level.
In addition, there are Spanish and French lunchtime clubs for young learners and after school. These clubs provide the opportunity to integrate what they learn in the classroom with other subjects, for example Art in Spain and France, food, music, dance and sports.
There is an annual French dinner for Middle School and Sixth Form pupils and a Spanish Tapas evening for Lower School pupils. There is also a film night for French and Spanish learners and a tapas night for parents and students in the Lower School. In addition, the department takes full advantage of our proximity to London to attend cultural activities such as the Spanish annual Feria de Abril or visits to cultural and artistic events that take place in London.
The Faculty organises a number of trips to encourage our pupils to put their language skills into practice:
Every other year, Year 10, 11 and 12 students of Spanish spend a week in El Puerto de Santa Maria, studying in a language school every morning with native teachers. Afternoons are spent visiting the area and enjoying cultural activities: the cities of Seville, Cádiz, the beautiful beaches, markets, tapas bars, a flamenco show, and tasting paella and chocolate and churros.
Years 10, 11 and 12 participate in a French immersion trip every other year, which always includes cultural visits and plenty of opportunities to practise speaking with local people. Past trips have included a French exchange with a school in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, and a five-day trip to the city.
Years 6 and 7 French pupils participate in a French trip to the Opal Coast in the North of France, which includes a visit of Le Touquet, a dinner in a restaurant, a visit by train of "La baie de Somme" and a visit of a chocolate and biscuit factory. Year 8 also have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip to Normandy to learn about World War II and practise their French language skills.
Pupils follow the AQA specification for both GCSE and A level.
Please see the Curriculum overviews below if you would like further details of what pupils study in each year.