Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
The joy of people is in the communication and languages provide windows onto the world. Knowing another language, allows you to discover places, cultures and get to know people in a way you would not have done before. Languages can truly enrich your life on a personal as well as on a business level.
" I realise that knowing languages encourages trust between myself and others and it also breaks down many communication barriers. Being able to speak foreign languages are essential in the world of business and I realise that it will help me immensely in the future." Cheneil, Year 10
Businesses really value languages. If you are selling to customers, you’ve got to speak their language and with only 6 per cent of the world who speak English as a first language and with 75 per cent of the world not speaking any English at all; having another language under your belt is a definite plus! Languages also tell employers you are open-minded and adaptable, in addition to being useful for communicating with non English speaking clients and business partners.
Languages do not just have to lead to careers in translating, and you do not have to be fluent but just give it a go! Even a “hello” or a “thank you” in another language will go a long way. It shows that you are interested and willing to learn. Languages can work alongside any career from banking to scientific research.
" I love learning languages as it is challenging, yet interactive and fun. A language opens up a thousand doors to the world and is useful now and in the future."
At Carshalton High School For Girls, students are encouraged to use target language in the classroom and we strive to ensure that the language learning experience is a fun one for all our students. We are a dynamic, forward thinking department which achieves excellent French, German and Spanish results at GCSE. We have developed language learning opportunities by introducing home languages into the school and by maintaining GCSEs and A levels in all three languages. In addition, we encourage older students to share their passion for learning languages with younger students.
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”
GCSE French, German and Spanish
GCSE Home languages
In the Sixth Form
A Level French, German and Spanish
A level Home languages
This year, a substantial number of students will sit an examination in their home language, gaining an impressive amount of GCSE and Advanced Level grades.
A student is deemed to be a 'home language speaker' if the language is spoken at home and the student has constant access to support for all language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing. A GCSE or Advanced entry can give a student confidence and motivation in their approach to study in other curriculum subjects as well as providing opportunity for more advanced future language study. Students' UCAS applications are considerably strengthened by extra points.