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Modern Foreign Languages

 

Learning a new language is exciting as it opens up new worlds for you to discover and explore. Not only will you learn how to communicate with lots of different people, but you will discover new countries and cultures; learn about their music, food and literature; their way of living and thinking.

In the Modern Languages Department at Kent College we hope to inspire our students to travel and meet new people as well as to learn a new language.  We run trips to France, Germany and Spain for girls to improve their language skills and learn all about living in another culture and gain an understanding and appreciation of how other people live.

When girls enter the school in Year 7, they will have the chance to study Spanish, German and French in order to make up their own minds which two languages they would like to carry forward in Years 8 and 9. All students are encouraged to take at least one language at GCSE and a good number choose to study two. Languages are a popular choice at A level and each year, our sixth form language students go on to some of the best university language departments in the country to pursue their studies.

The Department also has a dedicated Chinese teacher who teaches girls outside the main curriculum. We often have girls coming to Kent College from schools abroad and in these cases, we offer the girls the opportunity to take their GCSE early in this language. Many girls take this opportunity and maintain their fluency with extra lessons with our Foreign Language Assistants before often picking up their studies again at A level.

With languages more important than ever in today’s global arena, we are delighted to be able to offer such a depth and range of languages in the Modern Languages Department. In the words of Nelson Mandela, "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."

We follow Edexcel for both IGCSE and A level.

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