Sixth Form languages may be declining nationally, but at
Ellesmere College interest from our Sixth Formers in the languages we offer,
and in the cognitive benefits and transferrable skills that languages bring,
remains strong at both A Level and with the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme.
Edward Paul, an Upper Sixth student, has recently accepted a place
at Newcastle University and is looking forward to studying for a BA in either
Spanish with Mandarin or Spanish with Portuguese.
Edward says: "Having
previously lived in Argentina and India, I have grown up with an awareness of different
cultures and the richness of languages. I believe foreign languages act as the
perfect gateway to experiencing a wealth of cultures, and studying them to a
high level allows you to broaden your mind. The British Council recently listed
the top ten languages that should be studied to safeguard the UK's future
prosperity and global importance, and Spanish was ranked at number one."
university course will therefore put me in an ideal position for a range of
suitable careers that will allow me to experience life in different countries,
and to enjoy a rewarding career when I finish my studies. I am very
appreciative of all that my subject teachers have done to promote
language-learning and global matters whilst I was in Sixth Form, and I have
also enjoyed being part of a diverse international boarding house during my
Sixth Form years at Ellesmere College."
About MFL at Ellesmere
The Ellesmere College community
includes members of more than 30 different nationalities, so we support
an interesting variety of home languages among our pupils. German
Literature A for IB, German GCSE and A Level cater for our students
from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Equally, native speakers of Russian and
Chinese enjoy bespoke lessons to prepare them for A Level and GCSE
The department has also offered Arabic, Italian, Japanese,
Polish, Romanian and Vietnamese lessons at native speaker levels. We celebrate
the linguistic and cultural diversity among our pupils and believe in
supplementing versatile lessons with extracurricular activities, workshops and
intensive training days. Our study trips to destinations including Paris,
Madrid and Salamanca are also popular, as are celebrations organised by
Ellesmere College staff and pupils such the annual Chinese Spring Festival
which are open to all.
In short, we wholeheartedly
believe in the benefits of foreign language acquisition, a belief that has
put us ahead of the curve. The advantages for business, travel and cultural
intelligence are obvious but there are also the cognitive benefits of language
acquisition, along with the sheer fun of learning something new. Language study
also enhances communication skills, valued in many careers that Ellesmerians
aspire to, and practised by our pupils in ESB examinations, House debating
competitions and Model United Nations events.
Image: Edward suitably engaged in the study of the intricacies of the Spanish language!
11th May 2021 Back to News