Modern Languages

As a student studying French, German or Spanish you’ll have the very best facilities at your fingertips including interactive language software, a language laboratory, a private study area with PCs and a fantastic virtual learning environment (VLE).

Learning languages encourages you to:
• Meet people from different countries and find out more about them.
• Learn many skills which are useful in a wide range of careers, such as the ability to communicate clearly, be confident about speaking in public, use problem-solving strategies and write coherently.
• Add an international dimension to your choice of A-level subjects, which is something many employers and higher education providers want.
• Have greater opportunities to work and/or study abroad, or work for companies in the UK with international links.
• Spend time abroad (e.g. at university or on a work placement).

Modern Languages

What will I study?

Whether you are learning French, German or Spanish the Sir John Deane’s Modern Languages Department is a great place to study.

All three languages offer a variety of topics. Topics covered include: family, modern technology, regional culture and heritage, cinema, music and literature.

Throughout your chosen course you will get the chance to improve your reading, writing, translating and listening skills and will use the digital language laboratory, as well as take part in conversation classes. Assessment is through written examination as well as oral tests.

Co-curricular activities?

On Wednesdays, you will be given the opportunity to join an enrichment course in Italian or Chinese.
In March 2017 we ran a highly successful study visit to Berlin and another visit is planned for 2019. Students also have the opportunity to take part in work experience schemes in France, Germany and Spain where they can improve their linguistic skills and sample the food and general culture first hand.

You may have the chance to take part in a conference at a local university or visit Manchester for foreign language taster sessions in film and culture.

Where might it lead?

Language graduates are the third most employable after doctors and lawyers. It goes without saying that you will be able to work in a multinational company or even abroad with your language skills. A large number of universities encourage students to continue their language studies alongside their main discipline. You will be in a stronger position to get a job in companies with international links and also find it easier to learn other languages later in life.

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