Being able to speak a foreign language is now an essential life skill whether at work, in education or for leisure purposes. As we play an even greater part in the European Union, more and more of today’s students can expect to work or study abroad, or have to deal with foreign visitors to our place of work or our home.
French, German, Spanish, and Urdu are all taught at Parrs Wood across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.
Year 7 will study French or German. They will continue with this language into Year 8. Students who perform well in their first language will have the opportunity to do Spanish in Year 8.
French is spoken in Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg and France as well as in parts of the West Indies, Canada and Africa. It is one of the official languages of the EU and the opening of the Channel Tunnel has greatly increased our contacts with France in all areas of life.
German is spoken in Austria, Switzerland and many parts of Eastern Europe and of course, in Germany itself. It is especially important for areas of business and scientific research, and it is likely to become more so.
Spanish is spoken throughout South America and in the USA. It is well known that Spain offers many jobs in tourism since it is the principal holiday destination for the British. But more importantly, Spain is a fast growing member of the EU. South America is one of the largest trading communities in the world. The need for Spanish speakers is growing fast!
Urdu is a widely spoken Asian language, and has strong links with Arabic. It is the mother tongue of a large number of Mancunians.