World Languages Faculty is led by Mrs Reid and comprises the following subject areas and subject leaders:
- English (Mrs Boylan)
- Spanish (Mrs Reid)
- German (Mrs Reid)
- Classics (Mr Yates)
The study of Classics is perhaps one of the most wide ranging disciplines, encompassing Language, Literature, Philosophy and History. The skills developed, especially the necessary attention to detail, the development of memory and communication skills, and the wide ranging experience of other cultures are useful in themselves and are transferable to other disciplines. This is why classicists always do well in the employment market. Most importantly, they are enjoyable subjects to learn!
“He alone seems to live truly and to enjoy his existence who, concentrating on some enterprise, finds a reputation for a distinguished deed or good practice.”
Sallust, Cataline’s War.
The study of Classical Civilisation touches on a varied range of topics from Ancient Philosophy, History and Politics to Religion, Literature and the Arts. It encourages excellence in pupils of all abilities and ensures that entrants to university and the jobs market alike will stand out from the crowd. Delving into such issues as the nature of heroism, the principles of democracy and the qualities of good leadership, our journey through the culture of the ancient world helps students to live truly and enjoy their existence to the full, whilst developing vital skills for academic study and life beyond.English
English is a core subject from Upper Third to Upper Fifth. Our Key Stage Three curriculum offers considerable variety and pupils in each year read novels, plays and poetry as well as non-fiction texts such as autobiographies. A fortnightly library lesson is timetabled in the Upper Third and Lower Fourth. In addition to developing reading and writing skills, our curriculum is designed to enable pupils to develop their speaking and listening skills too. All pupils progress to English Language and Literature iGCSEs and both subjects are popular choices at A level. We offer a wide range of co-curricular opportunities, including regular theatre trips, readathons and writing competitions, and we work closely with the Drama and Music departments on school productions and acting clubs.Latin
The study of Latin is perhaps one of the most wide ranging disciplines, encompassing Language, Literature, Philosophy and History. The skills developed, especially the necessary attention to detail, the development of memory and communication skills, and the wide ranging experience of other cultures are useful in themselves and are transferable to other disciplines. This is why classicists always do well in the employment market. Most importantly, they are enjoyable subjects to learn!Modern Foreign Languages
To have another language is to possess a second soul. ‒Charlemagne
French at St Bede’s is taught by passionate linguists who are dedicated to inspiring students to have a life-long love of language learning and to achieve the best possible outcomes. With the emphasis on speaking and interacting, pupils have the building blocks to enable them to become independent and enthusiastic linguists. French is the language taught to all pupils in the first two years at St Bede’s and continues to be an option throughout the College. Pupils have many opportunities for enrichment through local events and courses run by cultural institutions such as the Alliance Française and the Manchester universities. The Department organises a popular annual visit to Normandy for the Upper Third and an Exchange for older pupils.
One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way. ‒Frank Smith
Spanish is the third most commonly spoken language in the world and it is without doubt a language of the future. Studying Spanish at St Bede’s will afford you the opportunity to acquire an excellent knowledge of the language through the key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. In the Sixth Form our Spanish staff can offer you modules based on their expertise in the cultural, historical and literary aspects of Spain and Latin America. Pupils have many opportunities for enrichment through local events and courses run by cultural institutions such as the Instituto Cervantes in Manchester, the Spanish Embassy and the Manchester universities. Our annual visits to Spanish speaking countries include an Exchange to Madrid.
Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going. ‒Rita Mae Brown
Germany is the UK’s biggest non-English speaking trading partner and it plays a major political role in both the European Union and globally. Knowledge of German is beneficial for a huge range of jobs. Studying German at St Bede’s will give you the opportunity to gain an excellent knowledge of the language whilst being taught the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in small groups. Moreover, pupils have many opportunities for enrichment through local events and courses run by cultural institutions such as Routes into Languages and the Manchester universities. The German Department run a very popular biannual German and Business Studies trip to Munich, during which you can practise your language skills and experience the German culture whilst learning about some of Germany’s biggest economic successes.