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.