Pupils talk lan­guage of suc­cess

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

STU­DENTS at All Hal­lows Catholic Col­lege will be im­mersed in for­eign lan­guages as the school steps up its ef­forts as a Spe­cial­ist Lan­guage Col­lege.

Pupils at the school did ex­cep­tion­ally well in lan­guages at GCSE this year with nearly 80 per cent of stu­dents tak­ing a GCSE in a lan­guage.

The school’s first co­hort of stu­dents tak­ing a GCSE in Man­darin also per- formed well, with 87per­cent of stu­dents achiev­ing grades A*-C and five stu­dents get­ting grade A/A*.

But now the school is look­ing at new ways of help­ing stu­dent get to grips with a new lan­guage and have in­tro­duced ‘teach­ing in the tar­get lan­guage’, which will mean teach­ers will speak much less English dur­ing their for­eign lan­guage classes.

Alice Har­ri­son, head of lan­guages, said: “In the UK there is a lack of lan­guage skills with only about half of stu­dents na­tion­ally tak­ing a GCSE in lan­guages, and this fig­ure is sadly cur­rently de­clin­ing. Our next step as a depart­ment is to in­crease sig­nif­i­cantly the time the lan­guage stu­dents are learn­ing is used as the nat­u­ral means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.”

All Hal­lows of­fers French, Ger­man, Span­ish, Man­darin and Latin.

●● All Hal­lows lan­guage stu­dents (above and be­low) with their cer­tifi­cates

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