Modern Languages


The Modern Languages department at Eltham College is vibrant and flourishing. We offer French, German, Spanish and Mandarin through to A Level and we seek to foster in our students a lifelong enthusiasm for all the benefits and rewards that studying modern languages offers. We aim for our students’ experience of studying languages at A Level to be engaging, challenging, thought-provoking and rewarding, through the work done in the classroom but also through visits to the cinema, theatre and, of course, trips abroad. We guide our students to develop a rich and varied vocabulary, as well as a thorough understanding of grammar, so as to communicate with confidence and eloquence. We also want them to develop an understanding and appreciation of the cultures that underpin these languages in order to shape and develop their understanding of the world. Having the linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to engage in formal discussion in another language is one of the greatest gifts; we seek to guide our students to achieve this as well as the skills that will enable them to thrive at university and beyond.

As students progress to the Sixth Form, they will discover more than ever that we are also the subject through which they can explore a whole range of other academic areas: literature, politics, philosophy and history, whilst also developing the ever-important, valuable skill of fluency in another language. The department is fortunate to be based in the new Turberville Building, a bright, modern, well-equipped environment that enhances our students’ learning experience and where one often hears the distinctive sounds of the languages taught, in preference to use of English.

How are languages taught?

  • Teachers make full use of international journalism and European broadcasts, webcasts and podcasts to keep their lessons topical, stimulating and accessible.
  • We incorporate IT into the curriculum to make language learning more interactive, creative, engaging and fun.
  • The Language Assistants play an essential part in our teaching: at A level each student receives additional, individual tuition. At GCSE level students engage in small group discussion on a regular basis.

Find out more about the individual languages taught at Eltham College

French  German  Spanish


For French, German and Spanish, students will have 10 lessons per week taught in small groups by two classroom teachers. In addition, you will have an individual additional lesson per week with a native speaker to prepare you for the oral exam.

We follow the A level AQA syllabus.

A level Chinese is currently only offered to native Chinese students who wish to study it as an additional subject off timetable.

Trips, activities and clubs

A Modern and Classical Languages Society aims to stretch and engage our linguists from Year 11 upwards, by offering a range of cultural and academic lectures and seminars. Students are also strongly encouraged to contribute to the programme of talks.

A period of time abroad is a key feature of the our Sixth Form programme in all language departments. The trips vary from year to year.