“Language is not a genetic gift, it is a social gift. Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club – the community of speakers of that language.”
– Frank Smith
At Coopers Lane we believe that learning a foreign language is an important part of living in a multi-cultural society. We are given experiences of the French language and cultures through listening, speaking, writing, singing and role playing. Our curriculum encourages us to ask questions about other French-speaking countries and helps us to understand our place in the global community.
When you walk into a French lesson, you will see that we understand how valuable it is to communicate effectively with people in another language. You will also see our natural curiosity about different traditions, festivals and languages and the confidence we are given to try a new foreign language.
Across the school we celebrate a different language for each month of the year. We are taught basic greetings and phrases, and are encouraged to answer the register in that language for the month. We choose languages that represent our community.
“Signs are to eyes what words are to ears”
– Ken Glickman
At Coopers Lane we believe that being Deaf aware, and having an understanding of sign language, is an important part of living in a multi-cultural society. We are given the experience of learning about British Sign Language and Deaf culture through signing, gesture, listening and role play. Our curriculum encourages us to ask questions about how Deaf people communicate and helps us to enrich our place in the global community.
When you walk into a Deaf Awareness lesson, you will see that we understand how valuable it is to communicate effectively with people through good Deaf awareness, gesture and sign language. You will also see our natural curiosity about different cultures within our communities.