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My interest in Modern Foreign Languages started at an early age, when I was introduced to some French market traders as a part of the Poole-Cherbourg Twinning Programme, and was encouraged to speak to them in their own language. Since this occasion, I have been able to visit Cherbourg on several occasions and further my language studies at Parkstone Grammar School through my French, German and Italian lessons. I am eager to continue these studies at university, whilst deepening my understanding of European culture.
During my time at Parkstone, I have been fortunate to participate in a number of visits to French and German speaking areas, which have improved my oral skills and confidence as well as my knowledge of the cultural aspects of language learning. I have visited the French Alps, which presented me with the occasion to visit a tourist area of France, which I had previously not had the opportunity to do, educating me in this aspect of French life. I have visited the Rheinland region of Germany on two occasions, participating in an exchange and on a study visit. These trips have involved immersing myself in German family life and requiring me to act independently using my German as a tool. During my school holidays, before beginning my Italian AS level studies I arranged a trip to Sardinia, to experience Italian ways of life.
To extend my studies, for the past two years I have participated in the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme, gaining my Bronze and Silver awards. The scheme has helped me to widen my areas of interest, and as a result of this I now swim and practice yoga on a regular basis and run a Language Club at a local primary school. I enjoy visiting the cinema and the theatre and I have had the chance to see some foreign language films in French, German and Italian which challenged me to understand the colloquial spoken word in an unfamiliar context. I maintain an interest in current affairs both domestically and internationally, I have visited the Houses of Parliament and have had the opportunity to question Charles Kennedy, Leader of the Liberal Democrats. I enjoy reading European news, and have been particularly interested in the issues surrounding the Enlargement of the European Union; I have followed this issue using both Le Monde and Die Welt online.
I have participated in life within school by participating in, and eventually running the Christian Union, which has helped me to communicate and form relationships with students from every year group in the school, giving me experience in pastoral care. I have transferred these skills for use in the school’s Language Club, which is a student run society created to encourage an interest in modern languages. Throughout Lower Sixth I have taken the role of Sports Representative within my form group resulting in a victory in Summer Sports Day. These activities have made me eager to contribute to extra curricular student life at university.
Ultimately, Modern Foreign Languages appeal to me because they allow us to gain a greater depth of understanding of the world around us………….