The Modern Languages Faculty

Head of Modern LanguagesMrs AE McLean BA

French

  • Mrs AE McLean BA
  • Mrs AM Doran BA
  • Mlle Anais Derrien (Languages Assistant)

 

Latin

  • P Chandler BA

Spanish

  • Mrs H Williams BA
  • Mrs AM Doran BA

Welsh

  • Mrs Ellen Owen MA

Mandarin

  • Mrs A Zhu (Mandarin Tutor)

OVERVIEW

Welcome to the Language Faculty where your child is given the opportunity to acquire and develop new language skills.

French and Spanish (or Second Language Welsh) are taught in Years L7, L8 and M9 by motivated and well-qualified staff who understand how important it is to feel comfortable and happy in the languages classroom. In Years M10 and M11, the options available ensure that dual linguists can fulfil their potential and that language development can grow and flourish. The Faculty enjoys excellent results at GCSE.

The provision for Sixth Form pupils is comprehensive with extensive exposure to native linguists as part of our assistant programme. Our experienced staff guide and help older students as they make their University choices. Their minds are broadened with the introduction of Literature and Film, the study of regional politics and geography. They learn of the country first hand by visiting French schools, by enjoying Spanish home stay and by taking part in residential language courses. The Faculty enjoys excellent results at AS and A Level.

The Faculty staff are keen to promote the language learning process outside of the classroom. Language Club is a popular choice for the younger members of Christ College where they are able to learn about the culture and gastronomy of the country in a fun and creative way. Mandarin is offered by a specialist tutor to pupils who wish to widen their language base. Cymraeg affords pupils with advanced Welsh language skills the opportunity to develop.

Pupils learn in a communicative yet structured way, with a keen emphasis on grammar and the formation of a solid skill set. Our aim is to ensure that the skills they learn in one language can be transferred to another and in this way, our pupils take ownership of a sophisticated pattern of language learning.

For more information, please contact the Head of the Language Faculty, Mrs Liz McLean via liz.mclean@christcollegebrecon.com.

 


EAL

  • P Chandler BA

The purpose of the department is to help pupils whose first language is not English to acquire the skills for study in the medium of English and to support their integration socially and linguistically into all areas of school life.

All overseas pupils are offered English tuition on their arrival at Christ College. In the Lower School there are four timetabled lessons per week and in the Sixth Form pupils have three lessons per week in addition to their four AS subjects. Junior pupils are encouraged to join mainstream English lessons once their language is adequate and take GCSE English and English Literature.

Those who arrive later or who feel more confident taking a second language examination sit the IGCSE English as a Second Language in the Fifth Form (Year M11). In the Sixth Form all pupils who do not have GCSE English take the IELTS Test. This test is a necessary qualification to study at a UK university.

The department is available to support students individually in their studies with specific language issues as well as giving advice on university applications, presentations or any other linguistic or cultural challenges. Throughout the year the department runs a programme of cultural visits and social events to enrich the students' knowledge of Wales and the UK and also to celebrate their own cultures and traditions.

The Head of Department has taught Latin and Greek in numerous schools so understands the intricacies and challenges of learning a complex foreign language. He also taught for several years in Malawi and so appreciates the difficulties experienced by students who are studying in a second language. His experience as a Housemaster and currently as Head of Futures is invaluable is guiding students through the UK university application process.

Although the home culture and varied experiences of our students from abroad are very much valued, the intention at Christ College is always to integrate overseas students into the school as a whole so that they derive maximum benefit from their time studying here. In this way, we feel that Christ College offers a unique level of support for its overseas students.

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