All boys in Key Stage 3 are entitled to study a modern foreign language, and we encourage boys to continue with either French or Spanish at GCSE level. We aim to develop the practical skills involved in language learning: communication, team-working, inter-personal, problem-solving, and organisation.
At Isleworth & Syon School, we strongly believe that learning a language can be good fun. Furthermore, the ability to communicate in a foreign language is invaluable when applying for universities and jobs. Speaking a foreign language is a vital skill, as 75% of the world’s population does not speak English and 60% of Britain’s trade is with non-English speaking countries. British businesses lose millions every year because they cannot speak their customers’ languages, and universities value MFL qualifications very highly.
Each year, we aim to offer trips to France in order to enable our students to put the language skills they have learned into practice. We also have a range of extra-curricular activities for students to get involved in.
A level French
- Cine-Club – once a week at lunchtime.
- MFL Karaoke Club – once a week at lunchtime.
We also offer a number of trips throughout the year:
- To the British Film Institute to study French cinema
- To the French city of Boulogne
- An exchange visit to France linked with a French school.
These visits represent a great opportunity to develop cultural awareness of France, develop confidence and fluency in the language, and increase student motivation.