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LANGUAGES WHY LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE?


CASE STUDY BY ALEX HARRISON YEAR 13 WHO HAS BEEN OFFERED A PLACE AT UCFB TO STUDY FOOTBALL COACHING AND MANAGEMENT


Central Madrid on an afternoon off Training campus where I did my work experience


Being able to speak other languages is advantageous when it comes to getting a job or moving onto higher education. It was with this understanding that I decided study A Level French, and I have not been disappointed- not only do I now have a sound understanding of the language, I can comfortably converse with native French speakers. In addition, learning French to a higher level has in turn helped me when learning Spanish, as these two languages are similar and as a football coach being able to speak Spanish is vital when it comes to learning tactical trends. Thanks to my Spanish, I was fortunate enough to do my work experience with ED Moratalaz (a football club in Madrid) where I needed to use Spanish on a daily basis to communicate with the players, the coaches, the parents and the public when not coaching. I believe that without choosing A Level French, it would not have been possible to undertake such an exciting work experience placement, as it acted as a reference point for when learning Spanish- the skills of learning one language were transferable for when learning another!


I will continue to use my languages when I move on to study Football Coaching & Management at UCFB in Manchester. Some of the modules I will be studying on this course include Elite Football Coaching, Match Analysis and Football Tactics & Strategies. With all these modules, I will not be constrained to English- based research. Thanks to my decision to pick A-Level French, I will also be able to learn from French and Spanish publications! This university is known for


www.matravers.wilts.sch.uk


providing unbeatable work experience in the football industry and I will have an advantage over others when applying for work experience abroad because of my knowledge of languages.


As a coach, communication is potentially the most important tool, as it helps you to get players on-side, and helps the coach to adjust how they discuss the game plan depending on the player they are talking to. I was able to learn how to structure arguments in an effective way as part of my A2 French speaking exam, which was then transferable when having discussions with other coaches and players. However, languages aren’t just useful for my field, but in any field of work as they open doors to many more job opportunities.


Etihad Stadium- My University Campus next year


As I have come to the end of my time at Matravers, I would like to say thank you to Mrs Stapleton and Mrs Anderson for all their work with me over the two years as an A Level French student, as I wouldn’t be where I am now without their help!


Alex Harrison, Year 13


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