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 French and Latin or Mandarin in Years 7 & 8 and French, Spanish and German to GCSE level.

    In the Sixth Form we offer A Level French, Spanish and German as well as IB French to Standard and Higher Level and IB Spanish Ab Initio. Experience life in France as part of the Year 8 French Trip or Sixth Form French exchange or take lessons in a language school in Spain. Learn how to become a Young Language Leader, compete in a language competition or celebrate the European Day of Languages.

    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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