Pupils talk language of success
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