Linton Village College was proud to receive the British Council's International School Award for the fifth time in 2018. The award is a recognition of the international dimension to our curriculum, from the innovative Language Futures project to our various school trips abroad during curriculum time and enrichment week.
In addition to this, we also organise various events during involving the whole school during the day focusing on the International level such as the Chinese New Year, Japanese taster day, European Day of Languages.
Language Futures is an innovative project offering a flexible, relevant and imaginative approach to language learning.
Language Futures was first developed in 2009 here at Linton Village College as part of the Learning Futures initiative led by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. It has been an extremely successful programme over the last 10 years in our school.
Students in Year 9 are currently learning German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Swedish Arabic and Turkish. Students learn to immerse themselves in the whole language and its culture both at home and at school with the help of fluent or native speakers in our community who work alongside the students as mentors. We are thrilled to announce that we will be introducing British Sign Language as part of the Language Future Curriculum from September 2019. We want our students to leave school with a world of languages in the palm of their hands enriching their understanding of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work.
This creative, engaging and interactive approach personalises the curriculum, allowing pupils to select a language relevant to them, whilst also providing them with lifelong skills which will enable them to learn any language in the future.
Language Futures is transforming the role of the teacher from language expert to facilitator and guide in language learning. 'Learning to learn' is a wider goal of the project, teaching pupils to develop active learning skills and not just the language itself.