Learning a foreign language can be a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality education in languages should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching of languages should therefore enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language.
St Barnabas and St Paul’s recognises that languages are a skill that can enable children to access many opportunities and experiences that will enrich their lives as they progress onto adulthood. An engaging, high-quality education in languages provides children with a firm foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils with the skills to study and work in other countries in later life.
“Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom.” ― Roger Bacon