Welcome to the Languages Department
It goes without saying that learning another language in this modern world is fast becoming an essential skill. Not only because of increased travel, but it is also more than likely that at work, you will deal with colleagues and others from abroad. Developing your language skills also helps you to gain confidence in communicating with others and to become more aware of other cultures.
A whole new world…
Speaking languages gives you access to a whole new world; music, the internet, culture, history, films, new places and people you would otherwise never have met.
Show me the money…
If you use languages at work, your salary can be increased by up to 20%. Developing these vital communication skills is necessary for preparing you for your role as a Global Citizen.
Did You Know?
94% of the world’s population does not speak English as their mother tongue.
75% of the world’s population does not speak English at all.
72% of UK international trade is with non-English speaking countries.
French is spoken by more than 77 million people as a mother tongue, and by over 128 million, when we include second language speakers. It is an official administrative language in various communities and organisations (such as the European Union, the International Olympics Committee, and the United Nations). French is also an official language in many parts of Africa, as well as Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, and Luxembourg.
Spanish has roughly the same number of first language speakers as English, around 500 million. The top five Spanish-speaking nations are Mexico (100 million), Columbia (45 million), Spain (44 million), Argentina (39 million) and the USA (38 million).
Be a citizen of the world and open your mind to other languages and cultures!
Curriculum & Assessment Maps
Independent Learning Tasks
Our world is changing. It is becoming increasingly easy to connect with people from all over the world. Via the Internet, a small business run from someone’s home in Birmingham can now attract customers from every continent. Which is great … IF you are able to communicate with those customers. Learning another language is beneficial for numerous reasons, including:
- Improving communication skills
- Developing problem-solving, logical and lateral thinking
- Deepens understanding of your native language
- Increases empathy and cultural understanding
- Creates curiosity about the world
- Makes travel easier
- Gives you a competitive edge and improves employability
- Enhances your memory and helps to prevent dementia
- Increases creativity
- Opens the door to art, music, dance, fashion and film but don’t just take our word for it:
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