Hampton’s Modern Languages Department is one of the best in the UK and offers pupils the opportunity to learn French, German, Spanish, Russian and Mandarin Chinese. We are a vibrant staff of 26 first-class linguists, including eight native speaker teachers, six native-speaker language assistants and a dedicated languages resources supervisor.
Modern languages skills are a prerequisite in today’s professional job market and we promote language confidence and skills for real-world purposes as well as academic ones.
Lessons are held in the native language wherever possible and we have embraced technology to ensure that teaching is dynamic and engaging, and is suited to boys’ learning methods. All our students have access to iPads to assist their learning and the wide range of Apps available profits written and spoken work.
From First Year to Sixth Form, boys are encouraged to practise their languages in context, and learn more about other countries, through an extensive programme of exchanges and visits.
At Hampton, boys start French, German or Spanish in the First Year and take this through to the end of the Fifth Form. In the Third Year boys opt for one or two more languages. Alongside their main language, approximately half of all Hamptonians retain a second modern language at I/GCSE, with a number of pupils opting to take three. We are proud to say that our results at GCSE and AS/A Level are outstanding.
The Modern Languages department is committed to giving our pupils a real insight into the culture and institutions of a foreign country. Pupils are offered a wonderful array of trips to select from that help them develop their language skills and learn about the people and culture of the countries they are studying.
The Department runs The European Society which takes full advantage of our proximity to London. Boys are often accompanied on trips to the theatre and cinema to see relevant plays and films.
The School is within reach of the Goethe Insitut, the Institut FranÇais, the Instituto Cervantes and the School of Eastern European Slavonic Studies, University of London. We take groups of Sixth Formers to these and other similar institutions. Groups of Sixth Fomers also have the opportunity to visit exhibitions of the works of various European artists.
We work jointly with The Lady Eleanor Holles School to screen films and organise visiting speaker talks.
Lunchtime clubs exist for junior pupils of French, German and Spanish. These are run by the Assistants with language games, quizzes and prizes. There is also a thriving Mandarin Chinese club.
European Languages Day
To celebrate European Languages Day the School runs an art competition where pupils are asked to submit a picture related to a European capital that has inspired them.