Welcome to the Languages Department at York High School!
Subject Leader: Miss Woodcock
The Languages Department is committed to promoting life-long learning of foreign languages, talented linguists, a thirst for travel and exploration, an interest in word etymology and derivations and an insight into other cultures and their traditions.
We encourage pupils to have a keen interest in the countries and their people so that they have the ability to communicate with other nationalities in their language. The team encourages pupils to develop a variety of ways to communicate by listening, speaking, reading and writing.
We motivate young people through a well-developed programme of lesson activities and themed work which cover interesting topic areas from leisure, holidays, hobbies, families, school and work life to identity culture and traditions.
Pupils engage further with their target language through pen pal letter exchanges, authentic materials and by using technology to link to the places of study. Furthermore, our languages club and languages events deepen pupils’ interest in all aspects of language learning. The languages team are developing language leaders through their involvement with the club and annual cultural events.
At KS4, all pupils have 5 hours of Languages over a two week period. The programme develops skills from KS3 and gives pupils the opportunity to write and speak with increased detail, confidence and creativity. Pupils will be challenged to work out longer, more complex pieces of reading and listening extracts that cover both factual and imaginary settings.
Curriculum Information 2016/2017: Languages