Brampton’s modern languages department is staffed by teachers whose expertise can rival that of any other department in the country, offering French, German, Spanish, and Italian. The department has a tradition of excellent A level results, and in French there is also the chance to take the internationally recognised DELF qualification at various levels.
The department is situated in its own fully equipped languages room, and students are encouraged to make use of its extensive DVD and foreign language book resources. Films, trips to foreign language cultural events, and all the resources of the internet supplement the highly individualised classroom teaching. Spanish students also normally spend a week on work experience in Spain. Students have in recent years gone on to study Spanish at King’s College, London, French at Oxford, Modern Languages at Manchester and Leeds, and various combined courses in Management plus a modern language.
Nadia is an Italian native speaker with eleven years of experience in teaching both in private and state secondary schools and sixth form colleges across London. For her, teaching a foreign language is a way for spreading the enthusiasm for learning about other cultures and countries, making her students open to communication and making them accept and respect people with different customs, thus helping young people to grow as persons with cosmopolitan ideals. Nadia also acts as a translator and interpreter and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.In her spare time Nadia enjoys classical ballets and musicals and has recently started to be interested in antique books fairs, but for the moment she dedicates most of her free time to raising her three-year-old son and she takes advantage of every possible occasion to travel. With him, of course.
Anjlee Bakrania studied Spanish, German and Biology at the College. Here she tells us about her work experience in Spain:
“There are so many good reasons for doing this kind of work programme, I don’t know where to begin. First, you get to experience a culture totally different to our own. I chose to go because I love travelling, and it was an excellent way of improving my Spanish speaking skills. It gave me the perfect opportunity to strengthen my Spanish and it was a great way of making new friends. Valladolid is a great city that has a lot to offer students and visitors. It offers beautiful ancient architecture and fantastic history. Every street corner would lead to a church, and the people were so friendly. Overall, it was a great experience and I have many ‘recuerdos’ of this trip for years to come.
We are proud to be celebrating another year of outstanding GCSE results, with 20.3% top grade of 9 (worth more...
Congratulations to Isobelle Hawkins who has achieved A*A*A*AA and a place to read Psychology at the University of Bath. “I’m...