Spanish students learning the flamenco during a trip to Santander
All linguists have 9 hours of teaching over two weeks, which includes an intensive hour of grammar learning.
As a department, we are supported by three Foreign Language Assistants who work closely with the classroom teacher and provide an additional one hour of conversation each week in groups of four or less.
We take full advantage of our proximity to London with regular trips to the Geothe Institute and the London Spanish Film Festival.
We have also organised work experience trips which provide students with the opportunity to be immersed in the country and culture of the language they are studying.
Y12 and 13 Spanish students during their work experience trip to Spain
boinYear 12 student
"I study French, German, Classics and Maths with Mechanics. I hope to study French and German at University as I have a great interest in languages and other cultures. Languages at Coombe are especially good as they have up to date resources, trips and specialist teachers who offer so much help and support - which is great as the jump from GCSE to A level can be quite difficult."
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meet the department
Head of Department; Ms J Rudenko
'If you have ever dreamed of living overseas or travelling the world with work, or simply improving your communication technique, then gaining an A Level qualification in a modern foreign language will enable you to make those dreams become a reality. Through studying Spanish language and Hispanic culture in detail students gain a thorough understanding of the grammar as well as learning valuable transferable skills in writing, speaking and debating on current social issues. These skills are highly valued in the world of work and employers are seeking students who have a breadth of knowledge including foreign languages for a variety of occupations. Learning a language at A Level will open doors that would otherwise be closed and it allows you to access learning on a global scale.'