DEPARTMENT FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGES
“You live a new life for every new language you speak.
If you know only one language, you live only once.”
Communication, Interculturalism and Plurilingualism are considered to be the heart of the Action Plan of our Department. When one learns a foreign language, French, Italian or Spanish in the case of our students, they do not only learn a foreign language for the sake of getting some kind of certification. Our main aim goes way beyond that, as through foreign language learning, the students develop many linguistic, communicative and sociocultural competences according to their particular individual needs and interests.
Knowing how to speak French, Italian and Spanish will give the opportunity to our students to have access to so many countries and institutions from all over the world within different domains: travel, study, work, foreign friends and relatives. Studying a foreign language would also offer our students a better understanding and motivation to discover other cultures in relation to his/her own particular context – that is when the development of an intercultural competence becomes so relevant. As Nelson Mandela once stated: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
Moreover, in terms of certification, we are also giving the opportunity to our students to sit for other exams besides the Matsec ‘O’ level. The DELF (Diplôme de Langue Française) and the PLIDA (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri) diploma certifications, thanks to the initiatives taken by foreign language stakeholders within the EU institutions, offer new possibilities to our students to extend their employability within all EU Member States and have an easier access to several institutions such as foreign universities where these target languages are spoken.
Nevertheless, in order to fulfill our aims, several educational activities (at departmental level, whole-school activities or on a national/international level) are planned all throughout the scholastic year in order to give our students the opportunity to learn and put in action what they have learnt whilst offering a more holistic approach of foreign language learning. Here are some of the activities which were recently organized and in which we took part as a department.
Cultural and Linguistic Trips
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