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Modern Foreign Languages at WQE – offering real opportunities to students

WQE seems to be bucking a trend here! According to a worrying article published in The Guardian on 6 March 2019 which makes explicit reference to how funding is driving difficult decisions, half of sixth forms in schools and many Sixth Form Colleges are being forced to remove the opportunity for students to study Modern Foreign Languages.

A recent poll of Sixth Form Colleges leaders reports that French, Spanish and German have been hardest hit; 57% now do not offer German, 38% no longer offer Spanish and 35% French.

At WQE however we continue to offer A levels in French, Spanish and German and indeed many talented linguists do a combination of these at A level. We also offer the opportunity for those not studying a language as an examinable subject to follow enrichment courses in both French and Spanish to start to learn a new language or to extend their existing skill.

When all the talk is about Brexit we still believe that offering the opportunity to continue to learn a language is a life skill that can offer worldwide career opportunities and makes our students highly employable in the global market.

And…it’s not just in the classroom that students are able to practise the spoken language. We have numerous students taking part in study trips to both Germany and France this month. What a great experience! Check out our website news.

The 18 students had a great time exploring Berlin to experience culture, language. History and so much more! One of the students reflects on the trip by saying… “The WQE trip to Berlin was highly educational and intellectually stimulating, but also lots of fun. I met a group of spirited characters that I would not have met otherwise and we now share cherished memories- I only wish we could have stayed longer!”

WQE colleagues who teach languages are aware of the difficulties faced in schools in being able to sustain students’ interest in studying languages, and we are on hand to help our partners. Staff here have been doing ‘outreach’ work with partner schools in both the City and the County to show them what is on offer at WQE; trying to keep the teaching and learning of Modern Foreign Languages truly alive and thriving.



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