"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart" says Nelson Mandela and so encapsulates the fundamental reason why we believe that learning languages should be at the centre of every community. Language learning and the resulting greater understanding and curiosity has the potential to change the fabric of communities, not only in the multilingual and international environment of London and the surrounding areas but everywhere where people come together regardless of their origin and linguistic background.
For many years Hockerill College has encouraged and supported foreign language learning in the community and will continue to do so in the future. We support around 15 local primary schools with the delivery of foreign languages, mainly French, by sending trained linguists to the schools to teach a coherent curriculum to primary pupils. Apart from language acquisition our aim is to raise an interest in foreign languages and cultures, change attitudes towards foreign languages and prevent inhibitions in young learners.
Our own sixth form students also contribute to the delivery of modern foreign languages in the community by visiting several primary schools once every two weeks as part of their Creativity, Action and Service Programme, which is an integral part of the International Baccalaureate Course. Our IB students use their foreign language skills to inspire the youngsters and support primary schools in their teaching.
This community support is extended still further by the after school primary language classes which we offer. Classes run once a week in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish. The enormous popularity of these classes confirms our strong belief that young people find language learning not only enjoyable but also inspiring. For class registration details see the community section below.
Finally, we offer foreign language adult evening classes here at the College which enjoy great popularity and provide not only our own parents but all members of the local community the opportunity to benefit from our expertise in teaching foreign languages. These communicational classes enable first timers to start learning a new language and also allow those with language skills to maintain or develop them further in a friendly and stimulating environment.
The Language College is committed to the provision of language learning in our local community.
This provision is varied and reflects a commitment to lifelong learning from primary school through to adult education. The Language College's long established Primary language classes provide extra tuition in French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish and Japanese for local children.
The aim is to show that language learning is fun and communicating can be easy. The teachers use our target language method and our sixth formers help in class, providing useful experience for them and extra fun for the younger ones. The classes cost £35 per year for 2016/17 and the lists are now closed. Further information for 2017/18 will be available from April 2017.
After registration please call 01279 658451, ask for the Finance Department and make the payment for the class you have chosen via a debit or credit card. Your registration will not be complete until payment is made.
Please note that attendance at a language class in Year 5 and/or 6 is not taken into account should you decide to apply for a Year 7 place for your child at Hockerill. The published oversubscription criteria are used should there be more applicants than places available.
Foreign Language Support in the Community
For many years now the Language College has supported the teaching of French in the local community. We provide language professionals to our Primary partners promoting language learning in the area as a whole. Staff training in the provision of French is offered to a number of partner primary schools.
Adult Language Classes
We are delighted to be able to offer classes in Spanish, Italian, French, German, Mandarin and Japanese to Adult learners in the evening subject to demand. Registration is through the Adult class box on the home page, which will be available when we are next taking registrations. The classes run from 7pm to 9pm and concentrate on communication skills and there are 10 classes per term. New classes may begin in January for classes that were not filled in September.
For further information call Chris Smith on 01279 713946.