“‘Fluent’ is an inhibitor, ‘functional’ is a liberator. It begins with a few words and phrases and that small investment can grow into a lifetime of interest, employment and opportunity.” John Worne (British Council)
The FHS ‘Polyglots’ Programme encourages language study during ‘Polyglots Tutor Time’ and Sixth Form ‘Polyglots Connect’ enrichment time as well as peer tutoring to promote languages within the school community for both students with a language background and those with an interest in additional languages. ‘
‘Polyglots’ offers a positive identity and recognition for students with an additional language, provides the possibility of accreditation, helps to improve biliteracy skills, and maximises potential for future career and study choices.
Who is part of the’ ‘Polyglots’ Programme?
- Students who have a parent who speaks another language/is another nationality.
- Students who have lived in another country for a significant period.
- Ab initio students who are either interested in another language due to a more distant relation (eg. uncle/grandparent) or students who have no link with another country but have the desire to learn another language.
What’s it like to be a ‘polyglot’ at FHS? Student quotes:
“Being a polyglot is awesome!”
“It is exciting and interesting. It’s a nice chance to meet other people in school who speak different languages.”
“Being a polyglot is really nice because you learn more things about your heritage and take part in loads of competitions and fun things.”
“It’s really helpful and we’re not expected to be fluent straight away which helps me gain confidence.”
Students across the school have had opportunities to attend small group taster sessions in languages such as Korean, Portuguese and Mandarin, as well as working with ex-students who are now studying languages at university, chatting to visiting students from Sweden, and listening to a visiting speaker’s experiences of volunteering in South America.