At St Andrew's, all pupils learn three languages – French, German and Latin.
French is taught throughout the School, beginning in the Nursery, and German and Latin are introduced in Year 5.
All lessons are taught by specialist language teachers. From Year 7, pupils choose to study French and either German or Latin. Every child is entered for the Common Entrance or a Scholarship exam in two languages at the age of 13.
Up to and including in Year 4, the teachers deliver the curriculum using a wide range of materials, but always with a strong oral/aural emphasis.
For the very youngest children, the lessons are 15 minutes long, with the emphasis very much on having fun.
The length of lessons increases gradually to 35 minutes in Year 3 onwards.
From Year 5 upwards, the ‘Expo’ and ‘Na Klar!’ courses are used, and a greater balance is achieved between the four language learning skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing). Oral confidence is developed, whilst the importance of grammar and vocabulary is stressed.
A range of media is used, from the traditional textbook and exercise book, through interaction with the teacher and fellow pupils and listening to material on CD and video/DVD, to online games and interactive exercises on the Smart Board.
All pupils in Year 4 spend three days on a multi-activity trip based near Le Touquet in northern France, and there is also a biennial 7-day trip to Germany, with the next one planned for Easter 2018.
French and German are important world languages, each with approximately 100 million speakers in central Europe.
Whether our pupils will use them for business or pleasure, it is our aim that they will leave St Andrew's enjoying communicating in other languages, and it is always rewarding to hear of their successes in languages at their senior schools and beyond.
ISI Report 2017 “The school meets fully its aim to ensure that the boys and girls leave the School with a zest for learning.”