Languages - General

News and events

Here you will find updates on MFL and Classics, including recent news and information on upcoming events.  If you would like to post a message on this page, speak to Mr Sinclair, or send an e-mail.

European Day of Languages 2021

Staff and students at KES celebrated the European Day of Languages at the end of September. Four of our students gave a whole-school assembly in which they shared their experiences of being bilingual and living in other countries. Our congratulations go to Ozan Gergoz (Turkish), Lara Ramundo (Portuguese), Evelyn Nagy (Hungarian) and Jacky Liang (Mandarin) who all spoke so eloquently and evocatively about their experiences. At KES we are immensely proud of the cultural and linguistic diversity of our students. The picture below is an image made up of the word hello in the thirty five different home languages spoken by students at KES. In addition, the Languages Fair made a welcome return to the atrium during lunchtime and students were treated to a range of Languages based competitions and quizzes.  

Polyglots 14th November 2019

Xyla Taufniska from the Upper Sixth prepared and gave a fascinating talk on Stephen Krashen's theory of language acquisition to kick off this year's Polyglots programme.  She spoke eloquently about her own experience of learning languages, delivered the case for change in the UK's system of teaching and examination and gave advice to our many assembled MFL students on what they can do to stretch their own languages.  She was an excellent speaker who knew her material inside out.  We look forward to more exciting talks to come!

Oxbridge success 2019

Congratulations to Jane Bentham, who has met her offer to study French and Italian at the University of Oxford, and Izzy Searles OE, who will be taking up her place at the University of Cambridge, also to study French and Italian.  We wish both of them the very best for their time at university.

Polyglots 6th December 2018

Tasmiah Safat-e-Jannat, Sophia Skenderis and Hannah Smith, all in the Fourth Year, delivered a fascinating talk on linguistic imperialism as part of this year's Polyglots programme.  They had thoroughly researched their chosen field, expertly explaining the impact of cultural imperialism on minority languages and putting forward ideas on how the problem of disappearing languages might be solved.  They set the bar high for this year.

Oxbridge success 2018

We are delighted that Aasta Kendall has met her offer to study Modern and Medieval Languages (French and German) at Murray Edwards College at the University of Cambridge in 2018, and wish her the very best in her language studies.