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Modern Foreign Languages

Despite media reports stating that British teenagers perceive the study of European languages as difficult and the uptake of languages is dwindling, the Modern Foreign Languages Department at Pangbourne has resisted this trend with most students choosing to continue with languages at GCSE level and experiencing good success.

The Department aims to make the study of languages purposeful and enjoyable for the students to create a thriving learning process and atmosphere.

New worlds are opened up to pupils through personal engagement with linguistic and cultural differences and it expands students’ cognitive abilities, which helps them across all subjects, while language qualifications can help CVs stand out.

Modern technology is used in lessons with interactive websites and applications aiding the learning process. Portable devices, such as a voice recorder, can be used by pupils to help with vocabulary building also.

All pupils in Form 1 choose which language they would like to study from French, German or Spanish. There is the possibility to study a second foreign language via enrichment in Forms 1 and 2. In Form 3, new pupils joining the school opt to study one of French, German or Spanish with the option to study two languages for pupils who would like to study a second language.

It is up to the pupils whether they wish to continue with a language at GCSE level (following the AQA board) and all three languages are offered at A Level (following the AQA board).

Awareness of cultures is deepened at A Level with a clear emphasis on cultural topics such as family relationships, social issues, politics, and the study of literature and a film. Some go on to further their linguistic education at university.

Meet the Teachers

Miss Amy Ellerington - Head of Modern Foreign Languages

BA (Hons) French and Italian, University College London, MA Education, University of Middlesex and PGCE Secondary Modern Languages, University of Reading

Miss Annabel Cruwys - Teacher of German and French

BA (Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies with French and German - University of Bath

Miss Elodie Bibet - Teacher of Spanish and French

PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages - University of Reading, and Master's Degree in Foreign Languages, Civilisation and Literature - Universite Savoie Mont Blanc, France

Miss Camille Depeige - MFL Languages Assistant

BA (Hons) English Language, Literature and Civilisation - Universite Clermont-Auvergne, France