The World Languages Department is committed to giving students the opportunity to discover new cultures through foreign language acquisition. Worldly cultural knowledge builds openness, tolerance, interest and intrigue and this underpins the curriculum offered at WBCA. We want to create potential opportunities that are otherwise limited and create equity for every single person and encourage them to embrace the skills of citizens more broadly. It should also provide opportunities for students to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking. In a globalised world characterised by international links and intercultural connections, linguistic skills are crucial for employment and career as proficiency in a foreign language enhances career opportunities.
The teaching of languages should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and writing. So, each unit of work throughout the five-year course embeds the four key skills of language. The transition from primary to secondary is to establish those firm retrieval foundations and create the phonics groundworks from which students feel confident to then build on. Each year students enhance their grammar knowledge and broaden their linguistic understanding. The Key Stage 3 scheme of work offers a concise platform in order to harness a smooth transition in line with the GCSE specification.
In Year 7 German, students are given a firm basis for their future language learning. We encourage the students to be passionate about languages and after an initial essentials course we move on to study the areas of Family and Friends, Pets, School, and Free-Time.