Languages

    You live a new life for every new language you speak.  If you know only one language, you live only once.

    Czech proverb

    At Ryde School there are many opportunities to learn one or more new languages and get you started on the path to life in a multicultural society.  Today, communication is an essential tool, both in life and in the workplace.  You may well think that everyone speaks English but over 80% of the world does not speak English and only approximately 6% speak it as their first language.

    Learning a foreign language not only reveals how other societies think and feel, what they have experienced and value, and how they express themselves, it also provides a cultural mirror in which we can more clearly see our own society.

    Chancellor Edward Lee Gorsuch

    Ready? Then step through the doors of the Modern Language building and into another world.  We offer various combinations of French, Spanish, German, Latin and Mandarin in Years 7 to 11.

    In the Sixth Form we offer IB French, Spanish and German to Standard and Higher Level and IB Italian Ab Initio either as part of the full IB course or as stand-alone qualification.

    The department has good extra-curricular provision through the Young Language Leader course and entry into national competitions such as the Vocab Express League of Champions and the UK Linguistics Olympiad. We also hold a week-long series of events to celebrate languages in September to tie in with the European Day of Languages, as well as celebrating other notable cultural events such as the Day of the Dead, Karneval and the Chinese New Year. There is a trip to Germany or France for Years 7 and 8 on a rotational basis, a planned trip to Rome for Italian students and Paris for French exam students.

    If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.  If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.

    Nelson Mandela

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