At Nelson Mandela School, English and German are taught at mother tongue and partner tongue level. French and Spanish (the latter was introduced in 2007) are offered as a second or third foreign language. At present, around 240 students are taking French in grades 5 to 13. The number of students learning Spanish is about the same.

Why is it a good idea to study Spanish? Why French? Below is an overview of what is on offer, and here are answers to frequently asked questions.

Primary school

Lower secondary school

  • Years 7 to 10: Spanish or French as standard 2nd or 3rd foreign language
  • Grades 9 & 10: Spanish or French, 3rd foreign language, as compulsory elective (WPU)

Upper secondary school

  • Year 11 (Abitur): Foundation course French / Spanish
  • Years 12 & 13: basic course French / Spanish (as of 2012-2013)
  • Years 11 & 12 (IB)
    • Spanish as 2nd or 3rd foreign language (ab initio)
    • Spanish or French Language B

There is also information on the DELF scolaire test, on the Spanish and French teachers at NMS and on exchange programmes and trips abroad. Additionally. we have also put together a page with useful links.

Authors of this section: Marion Evans (French department) and Cäcilia Harder (Spanish department)
As per March 2012

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