As a school with a truly global outlook, Stonyhurst aims to enable pupils to understand that language skills are a vital part of a peaceful, prosperous international future.
We offer three main languages: French, German and Spanish. In addition, it may also be possible to study Italian, depending on circumstances, and we regularly make arrangements for speakers of other languages to sit public exams.
To help pupils improve, a lot of the teaching takes place in the foreign language. Pupils develop their listening, oral, reading and written skills from short passages to longer passages, articles and stories, and we make us of numerous online resources.
For language work the approach is topic-based. We aim to foster an interest in foreign languages and cultures, encourage academic rigour in our pupils’ approach to their language learning and help pupils to grow in faith through their study of languages.
As well as being a beautiful language of huge cultural significance, French is also a key language of business, tourism and international relations. Spoken by 200 million people worldwide, French remains the first language sought by UK employers.
German is the most widely spoken language in Europe. Germany also has the biggest economy in Europe and the third largest in the world, making its language one of the most important in Business and Engineering.
Spanish is one of the five official languages of the United Nations. Spanish is one of the world’s most widely spoken languages and it is the official language of twenty one nations including virtually all of those in Latin America from Mexico to Argentina.