The pupils are outstandingly well developed socially and they exhibit a mature sense of responsibility.

Independent Schools Inspectorate

Languages

The pupils are outstandingly well developed socially and they exhibit a mature sense of responsibility.

Independent Schools Inspectorate

At Abercorn School, we believe language is at the heart of student learning.

Fundamental to thinking, communicating and self-expression, language permeates all aspects of the curriculum. We believe that the opportunity to learn more than one language can enhance cognitive development, at the same time developing cultural identity, emotional stability, a global focus and fostering international-mindedness.

At Abercorn, French is the primary second language offered and lessons are conducted for the most part in French to aid fluency and comprehension.

In the Early Years the emphasis lies on communication. Pupils learn contextually through stories, utilizing familiar characters, puppets and props, and through drama games, role plays and songs. In Years 3 to 8 pupils are encouraged to develop their confidence and are given opportunities to practise the four main skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Grammar is introduced gradually, with greater formal emphasis in Years 5 to 8. The Common Entrance classes in Years 7 and 8 are taught more complex grammar in order to develop linguistic flexibility.

French is well resourced and employs a wide range of authentic readers, magazines, games, CDs and DVDs to suit all levels. There is an annual trip to Normandy during activities week at the end of the summer term for Years 6 to 8, giving pupils the opportunity to enjoy a range of cultural, linguistic and sporting activities during their stay.

Pupils learn Latin from Year 5. In Years 5 and 6, elementary skills in Latin are taught alongside a general linguistic enquiry into parts of speech, sentence structure and grammatical terminology. This approach enables pupils to develop their understanding of English grammar and to facilitate their learning of other foreign languages. Pupils also investigate words in use in English, and other modern languages which are derived from Latin.

History, culture and mythology are an integral part of lessons. Who were the Ancient Romans? When and where did they live? What heroes, gods and monsters did they believe in? In what ways were their lives different from and similar to our own today? These questions are addressed through a range of exercises and media, including internet-based research tasks and DVDs, together with hands-on activities such as toga-dressing, mock gladiator fights and games. Meanwhile references in art, music, literature, and popular culture are also explored, fostering an appreciation of how the classical world lives on in our society today.

Years 7 and 8 follow the Common Entrance syllabus for Latin. In non-linguistic studies, the emphasis is on Greek Mythology, introducing pupils to Perseus, Theseus, Jason, Heracles, the Trojan War and the Wanderings of Odysseus.

The pupils are outstandingly well developed socially and they exhibit a mature sense of responsibility.

Independent Schools Inspectorate
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