"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."
At St Cenydd we believe that the knowledge of a modern foreign language is an essential life skill which offers many advantages to our students. There are the obvious benefits of travel, culture and business, but perhaps of greater significance is the range of skills that students can develop to help them in all walks of life. Communication and problem solving are much valued skills in the world of education and employment; language learners also benefit from a better capacity to retain vocabulary, develop logical thinking skills and have the ability to think and work quickly in a wide variety of situations. Furthermore, the links between improving literacy in English are widely enhanced by the understanding of another language. Language learning gives our students a better understanding of the world and the importance of global citizenship.
Our students develop their language skills through highly engaging and productive lessons. We advance these skills by allowing students to work individually, in pairs, in groups or as a class on a wide range of activities that encompass the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, whilst also encouraging them to see the relevance of languages to their everyday lives. We also organise an annual Language Awareness week to give a broader focus to language study.
In key stage 3 all students study French for three periods a fortnight and our schemes of work are designed to support communication and promote fluency in the target language. Students choosing to continue their studies in French at key stage 4 are advised to think about its importance in a balanced curriculum. At GCSE pupils follow the WJEC specification which covers the broad themes of Identity and Culture, Wales and the World and Current and Future Study and Employment.