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Why do we learn other languages? Although the predominant reason for learning another language is communication, language learning can develop our cultural awareness, improve our career prospects and can also develop an understanding of our own language. When we are able to converse with a speaker of another language we can better understand their culture, the way they think and act. We are then able to make comparisons and gain a deeper understanding of our own society and culture. The skills we gain from learning another language add to our overall education, improve our chances of employment and benefit our leisure time.
The aims of the Modern Foreign Language Department at Haileybury Astana are based on those of the school itself and those of the British National Curriculum.
|1.to stimulate a love of languages in our pupils;
2.to develop linguistic competence;
3.to further knowledge;
4.to inspire creativity;
5.to foster cultural awareness;
6.to encourage further study of Spanish and other languages;
7.to stimulate pupils intellect;
8.to improve understanding of pupils’ own language.
From Year 7 pupils will be taught Spanish as part of the curriculum at Haileybury Astana. We will be following the textbook ¡Listos!, supplemented by additional source material. The aim of the department is to introduce Spanish and subsequently develop skills in the four basic attainment targets, listening, speaking, reading and writing. At Haileybury Astana languages are taught in a friendly, positive environment, which stimulates pleasure, confidence and eventually proficiency in the language. In the future, the department hopes to widen the pupils cultural awareness by creating links with schools in other countries and by organising school exchanges and trips. The department also has a wide range of resources and source material which will help further develop pupils’ language skills and interest in the subject. Pupils also have the opportunity to learn other languages, such as German, French, Mandarin and Arabic, as part of the schools wide ranging ECA programme.