Housed in an attractive detached Georgian building and in the new classrooms of the main school building, the Modern Languages department is well equipped technically: there are fourteen classrooms all with a full range of audio-visual aids (computer, data projector, sound system, screen and OHP, as well as CD and DVD players), a department office with resources store and two language assistant rooms. There is also a 25-booth digital language laboratory which uses state-of-the-art Sanako technology.
Traditionally, the second most popular degree course for leavers is either languages or a language combined with another course.
Tonbridge Modern Languages has been recognised by Geoff Lucas (editor of the Good Schools Guide) in an article which appeared in the First Eleven and featured in Country Life as one of the best Modern Languages departments in the country.
- The department's primary aim is to provide a first-rate and enjoyable education for every boy in every language that we teach. The other aims are:
- To maintain and/or stimulate lasting pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the chosen language;
- To create an atmosphere where boys wish to learn, so that they come to enjoy the chosen language, because they are active participants in it, and where staff enjoy teaching, so they give of their very best;
- To encourage the desire to study foreign languages to a higher level;
- To enable boys to work independently and as part of a team in varied activities;
- To employ teaching methods and resources which allow all boys to experience success and enjoyment in their work