In the Modern Languages department, we aim to develop the girls' ability to use language effectively and creatively, to enhance their understanding of and offer insights into their own and other cultures. Educational visits to France and Spain enhance their learning.
French and Spanish are compulsory until the end of Year 9. Girls can then choose which of the two languages they will study as an option at GCSE. They can, and are encouraged, to study both if they want to. All classes at Baird House are taught by five specialist teachers, three of whom are native speakers of the language they teach.
The French and Spanish rooms are all equipped with the latest technology, including interactive white boards which are used in every lesson to enhance learning in more visual and kinaesthetic ways. The department also has its own Learning Area, where small groups of girls can work independently on resources available in the room or provided by their teacher, and where they can use the recording equipment to practise their speaking and listening skills.
Abbot's Hill follows the National Curriculum guidelines regarding the general aims of Modern Language teaching. The department provides an enjoyable, stimulating and effective learning experience in French and Spanish, and provides a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure. As a team, we are happy to offer additional tutorials where appropriate and when possible and work closely with girls and parents alike to support learning as best we can.
We firmly believe that educational visits to France and Spain form an essential part of learning a foreign language. We therefore offer educationally sound trips and actively encourage students to participate. Trips are offered at an appropriate stage of the students' learning in order to gain maximum benefit. It is always a great pleasure to take the Abbot's Hill girls abroad – their behaviour, sense of humour and positive attitude are always very refreshing!