Modern Foreign Languages

In our increasingly competitive global marketplace, the demand for language skills is increasing and employers recognise the value of multi-lingual employees who have the skills and flexibility to operate in international environments. In a recent CBI skills survey it was reported that no less than 74% of employers want to employ people with conversational skills in a foreign language – a figure that is likely to grow. If as a nation we fail to meet these demands, employers will increasingly recruit from abroad, and when it comes to interviews, monolingual British candidates will find themselves overshadowed by foreign counterparts with two, maybe even three languages.

The Modern Languages Department at St Mary’s aims to address these needs fully, offering French, German and Spanish to GCSE and ‘A’ level standard and Latin GCSE on an extra-curricular basis. Furthermore, languages are at the heart of human relationships, as through language we can connect with other people and make sense of our experiences. Most important of all, languages are about tolerance and understanding, which are at the heart of Catholicism.