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Modern Foreign Languages

Are you considering taking a gap year to South America? Or making a visit to the Munich Oktoberfest? Or even working a ski season in the Alps?

If so, how will you communicate?

Are you guilty of the statement "I speak English and everyone speaks English, so I don't have to learn a foreign language...”?

Well, if so, consider this….  

Only 6.2 % of the world's population speaks English as a first language. That number doubles when English as a second or third language are counted but this still means that over 80% of the world’s population does not speak English.

Here at CGS we firmly believe that learning a foreign language is an essential life skill. As well as making travel more feasible and enjoyable, you'll be able to step inside the mind and context of another culture and make new global friends. Knowledge of a language also increases your employment potential and universities offer an extensive range of language courses combined with subjects as diverse as Criminology, International Relations, Engineering and Law.

We are lucky to offer our students regular use of a fully interactive language laboratory within which we utilise a range of software, which caters for all levels and abilities and enables students to develop all four fundamental skills of language learning at their own pace in a friendly and safe working environment. All class/year groups are timetabled to have at least one language lesson using the laboratory facilities per fortnight. We endeavour to give all classes the opportunity to use the laboratory as much as possible.  Students’ listening and oral skills are further boosted at KS4/5 through their regular weekly contact with the native language assistants on an individual or pair basis.


  • In Years 7-9 all students study French.
  • In Year 8 all students continue with French and take up either Spanish or German as a second language.
  • For GCSE, all students are required to study one language and can choose from French, German and Spanish. Students can also choose to study two in any combination.


At GCSE, all students follow the AQA course in their chosen language(s). The qualification is linear soo students will be tested in all four skills at the end of the two year course.  All skills are weighed equally (25% each for listening, reading, speaking and writing).

Course Books Spanish French German
Year 7 N/A Studio 1 N/A
Year 8 Mira 1 Studio 2 Echo Express 1
Year 9 Mira 2 Studio 3 Echo Express 2
Year 10/11 AQA GCSE Mira AQA GCSE French AQA GCSE Echo German
Year 12 AQA A level Spanish AQA A level French AQA A level German
Year 13 AQA A level Spanish AQA A level French AQA A level German

Our aim is to make language-learning fun, relevant and accessible to all through games and communicative activities. Our aim is that all students will feel confident about using everyday French, Spanish or German both at home and abroad by the end of Year 9 and will feel proud of their achievements. 

At GCSE the main aim of the course in Modern Languages is to develop the linguistic skills of comprehension and expression, both written and spoken, in order to be able to use the foreign languages; and to extend further pupils' knowledge of the country, its way of life and general civilisation. 

At KS5 (AS and A2) the skills acquired at Key Stage 4 are carefully honed and developed, to produce fluent speakers of the foreign language with a keen interest and understanding of their culture.

A level Modern Foreign Languages:  Please see the Sixth Form section of our website: sixth-form-subject-information


Aside from classroom activity, the languages department offers trips to France, Spain and Germany every year for students able to practise the language in a real context as well as lunchtime clubs where pupils can receive one to one help.

The MFL department looks forward to the privilege of teaching your child a new language and opening the doors for them to new and exciting cultures, travel and employment prospects.