“The limits of my language are the limits of my world” (Wittgenstein)
We believe that learning and practising a foreign language is not only very satisfying in itself, but once you have it, linguistic power opens up a whole world of opportunities and experiences for you. Travel really does expand your mind and if you can visit the country and communicate with people in their own language, you'll not only encounter more friendliness and courtesy, but you also end up with a far greater understanding of other countries. Ultimately, we aim for you not only to become functional, successful linguists, but to relish a real interest and enthusiasm for other cultures. We want no Colyton student to discover that their world is limited by their language.
- Mr Banks, Head of MFL / Head of Careers Education & Guidance
WHO WE ARE
Mr Banks Head of MFL / Head of Careers Education & Guidance
Mrs Hughes Second in Department / Teacher of French & German
Mrs Armour MFL Teacher
Ms Bentall Part-time teacher of German
Mrs O’Shea Teacher of French
Language Assistants - Mrs Smith (French); Ms Bentall (German)
WHAT WE DO
Acquiring a language is not only an intellectual exercise: it's also practical and we try to ensure that almost all lessons have some practical activity. We’re always trying out games and communicative exercises so that you get the skills and confidence as well as the knowledge to make you a successful, functioning linguist. We try to strike the right balance between listening, reading, speaking and writing over a sequence of lessons and we love to use lots of different technology. Now that digital sound files are accessible to almost everybody, we are increasingly encouraging students to complete listening tasks on their own MP3 players or computers. In addition, every class enjoys at least one lesson per fortnight in the language laboratory, when you can practise speaking and listening using headphones and therefore controlling recordings to suit your needs.
At present we offer exchanges to students in Years 8, 9 and 12, to both France and Germany. Younger students can go to Villefranche-sur-Saône (north of Lyon) or Eckental (near Nuremburg). Sixth Form students can complete work experience in Brittany or Bavaria. We have been working with these host schools for many years and we love taking groups to these exciting parts of the continent. Trips abroad to Europe offer you opportunities for realistic communication. They also help you gain an accurate view of the country and people, because so often we have to overcome stereotypes of foreign places and peoples. In lessons we try to paint an accurate picture in your mind, but if you can experience the real thing, that is, the linguistic arena where the language is spoken, then you can be in a position to make your own judgement with confidence.
Whenever it is practical, we teach in the foreign language. You may occasionally find it necessary to concentrate really hard to understand but have no fear, this is part of the learning process: it develops your comprehension and concentration so that the sounds can be recognised later in the exam or 'in the field'. Words are the most powerful tools we have and all Colyton students can become master craftsman in their use, even well beyond national borders.