Welcome to our Language College!
As a Language College, Dane Court aims to provide students with an exciting language learning experience, as well as to promote the importance of languages in the wider community. Students have the opportunity to study at least two of the following languages: French, German and Spanish. Italian is also available in the Sixth Form. Last year we offered Mandarin Chinese as an enrichment opportunity, which we hope to be able to do again this year. We have excellent ICT facilities, to enhance both the teaching and learning of languages, and we employ language assistants from French, German and Spanish speaking countries to ensure that our students use the languages that they are learning in authentic situations. Our community work has enabled us to provide evening classes in Holiday Spanish to the wider community as well as work with eleven primary schools, to support them in the delivery of languages.
Students regularly have the opportunity to visit other countries, due to our comprehensive range of trips and exchanges. For example, students in Years 9 and 10 can participate in our successful French and German exchanges. Similarly, Year 12 students take part in successful work experience programmes with our host schools in Aix-en-Provence and Freigericht, near Frankfurt am Rhein. The Spanish Department is also in the process of establishing links with a school in Spain, which will lead to our first Spanish exchange, scheduled for 2008. As well as this, day trips to another of our partner schools, in Wormhout, northern France, enable our students to mix with young people, from a different culture, and take part in cultural and sporting activities. The school also organises an annual five-day residential trip, for all Year 8 students, to France.
In 2006, Dane Court was awarded the Intermediate International Schools Award, recognising the imaginative international work taking place, not only in languages, but in a number of other departments too. Such work includes the Year 7 International Food Evening (an annual event which was featured in the GTC’s Teachers magazine (March 2006)) and the Year 9 History visits to Ypres. Other language / international work takes place annually on the 26th September, which is the European Day of Languages, during which most of the school is involved in work with an international flavour.