GCSE Modern Foreign Languages

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The new GCSE courses in French, Spanish and German provide a greater emphasis on the spontaneous use of the language when writing and speaking, and offer excellent preparation for A Level study.

They also allow pupils to learn about the cultures where the target language is spoken.

At Bede’s, students typically continue the languages they took in the First Year during the Fifth Form.

As well as our three main languages, pupils may also choose to take a GCSE in Mandarin Chinese outside of the timetable.

Additionally, pupils who are native speakers of other languages often choose to take a public examination in their mother tongue.

This is available for our main languages and also native speakers of Russian, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Arabic and Turkish.

The faculty’s teaching is enhanced by an array of trips and activities in the UK and abroad to enable pupils to improve their language skills, including trips to Paris, Lille, Berlin, Barcelona and Beijing.

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GCSE Modern Foreign Languages staff

When I joined Bede's I instantly felt that I had come to the right place: the linguistic and cultural diversity is so rich within the school community that pupils naturally develop an acute sense of alterity and tolerance.

Annie Bonheur, Teacher of French and Languages Coordinator

I aim to inspire every one of our students and support them to be the best they can be and feel confident participating fully in their lessons.

Veronique Ganivet, Resident Tutor in Dorter House and Teacher of French

I think learning new languages and about different cultures is amongst the most important things a person can do.

Eli Lopez, Teacher of Spanish and Crossways House Tutor

For me, there is nothing to rival the experience of seeing a non-native speaker developing the capacity to truly express themselves using a new language. The process is a joy to be part of.

Mary McKenna, Teacher of Spanish and EAL and Dorms House Tutor

I firmly believe that the building of confidence through interactive learning and a range of dynamic activities is as vital as preparing our students well for their exams.

Lionel Pianet, Deis Housemaster and Teacher of French

If I manage to impart values to my students, over and above obvious linguistic skills, then I may call myself a successful teacher.

Henrik Rohmer, Teacher of German and Dorter House Tutor

Witnessing students become passionate about a country as they delve into its language and culture and revel in their newfound ability to communicate is uniquely rewarding.

Andrew Walker, Teacher of French and Spanish