Hampton Preparatory School
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Modern Foreign Languages

 

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.
— Nelson Mandela

Below is a brief outline of the Modern Foreign Languages structure for each year group. Once your child is registered with us you will receive an information pack which includes the full curriculum. If you would like to enquire online, please click here.


     In an increasingly globalised society, modern foreign language skills allow for greater communication between people. It also develops problem-solving skills and increases adaptability, resourcefulness and creativity. Language learning teaches cultural awareness and the capacity to see issues from various perspectives, which are highly valued by universities and employers. Carefully differentiated lessons support all abilities.

     Longitudinal studies by Harvard University confirm that learning additional languages increase critical thinking skills, creativity and flexibility of the mind in young children. Pupils who learn a foreign language outscore their non - foreign Language learning peers in Standardised tests in verbal reasoning and Mathematics, indicating that learning additional languages is a cognitive activity; not just a linguistic one. The brain functions better with exercise and further exciting research was carried out by Dr. Pascual- Leone, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical Centre.

     Evidence suggests that learning new languages can improve listening and writing skills, boost creativity and sharpen the mind. It can broaden horizons and open doors to all sorts of opportunities. To motivate our pupils, our Language department aims to:

•  Give each pupil the chance to learn at least one foreign language
•  Trial of different languages from an early age
•  Encourage advanced language learning
•  Introduce a wide range of languages through extra-curricular clubs
•  Support native language speakers who are keen to share their cultural knowledge

     From as early as the age of three, we will introduce French, Spanish and Mandarin lessons at Hampton Prep. Initially, children learn through songs, rhymes and stories. Languages will be introduced in a fun way using props, actions and drama. Language lessons will be introduced without the children even realising that they are learning a second language, the children will follow the story book adventures of favourites such as‘Bob le bricoleur and the ‘La Chenille qui a tres faim’ for French, using the mediums of Music and Drama and Songs.


 
 

Co-curricular activities and after school activities are charged termly. A full half-term’s notice is required if your child is to discontinue any co-curricular activity.