LANGUAGES

Experts say young children are especially wired to learn foreign languages in the most natural ways, through play and exploration.

Research indicates that the brain is at its optimum to learn foreign sounds in children under 10.

Students who learn a language early improve their chances for native-like pronunciation and a high level of proficiency later on in life.

French is offered to all pupils at St. Michael’s School from Nursery to Form 6 (age 3 to 11).

Although the teaching of a modern foreign language is not compulsory in primary schools, we feel it is an advantage for pupils to begin learning French while they are less inhibited and more motivated.

A communicative approach is used in the classroom and children are encouraged to use the language spontaneously.

Each year, pupils in Form 6 have the opportunity to spend a short residential trip in France to further develop their ability to use French for purposes of practical communication.

Spanish is taught as one of our many clubs.

Languages offer your child the ability to make new friends and eventual work abroad, learning a language can help open up your child future.

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world and the most spoken language in the Americas. It’s the official language in Spain, most countries in Central and South America, and several Caribbean countries too.

Spanish is probably the most useful language to learn if you want to flex your language muscles on a daily basis.

Spanish is considered one of the easiest languages for a native English speaker to learn. The grammar and pronunciation are different from English but simpler and more consistent

German is taught as one of our many clubs

Unlike French, Italian and Spanish, which are Romance languages, both English and German belong to the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. Some German words and expressions are still used regularly in English, such as angst, kindergarten and kitsch.

With an estimated 175-200 million speakers worldwide, German is the eleventh most widely spoken language in the world. Considering that Germany is a country with a population of about 80 million people, that’s nothing to scoff at.

Germans have a dominant Internet presence. Germany’s top-level country domain of .de used to be second only in the world to .com