Primary Languages Resource

Languages is a flagship department at Anglo European School offering an unparalleled range of subjects to aspiring linguists and native speakers of other specified European languages. 

Scientific studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to our cognitive processing.  So as well as being culturally enriching, speaking a foreign language enhances the functionality of our brains boosting our problem solving ability.

Teaching staff and range of languages provided

The languages department is staffed by a team of specialist teachers and led by a management team under the direction of the Head of Department, Catherine Peeters.  Mrs. Peeters has overall responsibility for all key stages, for the vision and ethos of the department, for curriculum development and for staff development needs as well as subject leadership of German.  Subject leaders are also nominated for French, Fanny Gallet; Spanish, Hannah Latimer; Chinese, Miriam Williams and Phase Two Languages (Italian, Russian and Japanese) Laura Robertson.

Two teachers from China also offer extra support to our students and work in schools in the local community.


Overseas visits programme

An attractive overseas visits programme is supported by all staff from the languages team along with colleagues from other departments who accompany students annually for 10 days to France, Germany, Spain, Italy and China.


Curriculum overview

Please note that the Languages curriculum is undergoing review and is likely to differ slightly for our 2017 intake. Below is an overview of the proposed curriculum for 2017 onwards.


Students will study two languages in Year 7 from French, Spanish and German (Phase One group). Parents will be invited to specify their preferred languages upon application to the school, but combinations cannot be guaranteed. Students with a native speaker background in one of these Phase One languages would be required to study that language alongside a second choice.

We also offer the MEP (Mandarin Excellence Programme) to a select group of 30 Year 7 students. This group study Chinese only in Year 7 and interest in this programme should be registered on application to the school.

In Year 8 most students will continue with the two languages they studied in Year 7. Some students will drop one of their Phase One languages and pick up a Phase Two language in its place. The options here are: Italian, Japanese or Russian.

The MEP group may pick up a second language from the Phase One group. It is likely that this would be Spanish.


Curriculum Content by Language

Chinese MEP

Year 7 Easy Steps to Chinese Textbook 1 ISBN 978-7-5619-1650-6 and Workbook 1 ISBN 978-7-5619-1651-3

Students will progress through the Easy Steps Books (1-8).


Year 7 Allez Un ISBN 9780198395041

Year 8 Allez Un and Allez Deux

Year 9 Allez Deux ISBN 9780198395058


Year 7 Echo 1 ISBN 9780435388683

Year 8 Echo 2 ISBN 9780435389215 and Zoom 2

Year 9 Zoom 2 ISBN 9780199127788


Year 7 Zoom 1 ISBN 9780199127542

Year 8 Zoom 1 and Zoom 2

Year 9 Zoom 2 ISBN 9780199127627


Year 8 TBC

Year 9 Amici ISBN 9780199124244 and Amici Workbook ISBN 9780199124275


Year 8 CD’s Внимание and Марш

Year 9 CD’s Внимание and Марш


Year 8 TBC

Year 9 Kimono Level ISBN 0949919667 and Kimono 1 Workbook ISBN 0949919675



All students continue to study the two languages that they take in Year 8 through to GCSE or WJEC Level 2 in Year 11. The GCSE /WJEC courses start in Year 10 and are taught over a two year period culminating in exams at the end of Year 11.

French Year 10 and Year 11 Studio Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Higher Level ISBN 9781292117836

German Year 10 and Year 11 Stimmt Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Higher Level ISBN 9781292118192

Spanish Year 10 and Year 11 Viva Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Higher Level ISBN 9781292118987

Italian Year 10 and Year 11 Amici ISBN 9780199124244 and Amici Workbook ISBN 9780199124275

Russian Year 10 and Year 11 CD’s Внимание and Марш

Japanese Year 10 Kimono 2 ISBN 0949919810 and Kimono 2 Workbook ISBN 0949919829

Year 11 Kimono 3 ISBN 0949919977 and Kimono 3 Workbook ISBN 1875633154

Style of lessons and outcomes

Lessons are typically lively and taught in the target language as far as possible with the aim of inspiring students and encouraging learning.  A strong grasp of grammar is considered an essential foundation for ultimate proficiency in a foreign language.  Students are given opportunity to develop listening, speaking reading and writing skills in order to express themselves with confidence. They learn to appreciate that languages contribute to the cultural richness of our society and help us develop a mutual understanding of other countries and cultures.

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Extra Curricular Activities

The Languages department run support clinics for each language. German, French and Spanish offer KS3 and KS4 clinic after school on a Wednesday in L block. We also offer specific sixth form clinics on the timetable, for sixth formers to attend as and when a need arises.

We support our sixth formers in the preparation for their speaking exams through the help of native speaker parent volunteers. Each sixth former is given a slot on their timetable above the standard language lesson provision.

The visits programme enhances the language learning process enormously and we encourage as many students as possible to take part in this programme.

There are also day visits to the Japanese Embassy, the BFI and many more.

How will my child be assessed in this subject?

Your child will be assessed once per half term on the unit of work that has been studied. This assessment will comprise of 2 skills from the listening, speaking, reading and writing selection. We also regularly assess grammar and vocabulary in our lessons throughout the term.