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French , Spanish & Latin

In the Languages faculty, pupils are given the opportunity to learn three languages (French, Spanish and Latin) as well as coming into direct contact with the culture of the countries where the languages are spoken.

Lower School

In Year 1, pupils start their study of French, Latin and Spanish. In French and Spanish, following the courses Allez and Claro respectively, pupils are encouraged to see the language as a real form of communication and not just as an abstract concept, and to achieve that, considerable emphasis is placed on Listening and Speaking, as well as acquiring a sound grasp of grammar. In Latin, the pupils look in more detail at translation skills and the rules of grammar, and how these often relate to modern Latin based languages, including of course French and Spanish. At the end of Year 1, pupils will choose to continue studying two out of the three languages.

GCSE

At the end of Year 2, pupils make their GCSE choices.  Pupils who opt for Spanish follow the AQA specification and pupils who opt for French follow the Eduqas specification. Pupils will develop their language capabilities in listening, reading, speaking and writing.  Pupils who opt for Latin follow the OCR specification, which continues their study of Latin grammar and vocabulary, but also looks in more depth through the study of Latin literary texts at Roman daily life, history and mythology.

Advanced Level

Sixth formers who choose A level French and/or Spanish will further develop their language skills through the study of aspects of the country’s civilisation including a film and work of literature. In French, students study Louis Malle’s award winning film Au Revoir les Enfants and Albert Camus’ book L’Etranger, whilst in Spanish the film El laberinto del fauno and the book Crónica de una muerte anunciada are studied. The course is designed to develop their ability to become fully operational in the language of their choice, and the syllabus includes up-to-date topics such as immigration, the history of cinema and the changes in the family structure. Pupils follow the Eduqas specification for French and the AQA specification for Spanish. Latin at A Level may also be available, subject to sufficient uptake.

Extra Curricular Activities

Pupils have the opportunity to take part in a variety of trips.  At the end of Year 1, all pupils will be given the opportunity to visit Normandy in France. Sixth Formers studying Spanish are offered a week’s work experience in a range of Spanish companies in Córdoba, whilst those studying French, subject to numbers, maybe offered a similar experience in Caen, Normandy. During such visits, they are accommodated in Spanish or French families, thus providing a real insight into the culture, as well as ample opportunity to practise their language.

Some of our Sixth Formers also participate in lower lessons or mentoring sessions, helping the younger boys practise their language skills. 

Many old Ambrosians have gone on to study languages at University, either as a Single or Dual Honours Languages Degree, or in combination with other subjects such as Business Studies, Law and Sciences.