The aims of the department are:
- to develop students’ ability to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication
- to form a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure
- to offer insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries where the language is spoken
- to develop an awareness of the nature of language and language learning
- to provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation
- to encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations
- to promote learning of skills of more general applications (e.g. analysis, memorising, drawing of inference)
- to develop the students’ understanding of themselves and their own culture
The Modern Foreign Languages Department is committed to achieving excellence and fulfilling the potential of individual students. GCSE grades have been consistently high.
The Department has 2 dedicated Modern Languages teachers, all teaching in classrooms equipped with interactive whiteboards, which greatly enhances the students’ learning experience.
Four skill areas are taught: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
Key Stage 3
The Modern Foreign Languages curriculum aims to help students to make progress, to participate and to achieve.
All students in Year 7 start with French. They are taught in mixed-ability groups and have 3 lessons over a 2 week period.
From the beginning of Year 8, students are taught in sets. The decisions regarding sets are made mostly on the strength of regular assessments and also on the overall performance throughout the year. Students in Year 8 and in Year 9 have 3 lessons over a 2 week period.
Key Stage 4
In Year 10, students can opt to continue with French to GCSE. There is also an express 2 year GCSE course for Spanish thus giving the opportunity to pursue this as an alternative language or as second language for dual linguists. Students have 5 lessons over a 2 week period.
In Year 11, students are following the OCR French and Spanish GCSE courses. The topics covered are
- Home Life and Local Area
- Health and Sport
- Leisure and Entertainment
- Travel and the Wider World
- Education and Work
The four skills are weighted as follows:
- Listening 20%
- Speaking 30%
- Reading 20%
- Writing 30%
Speaking and Writing are examined through controlled assessments over the two year course. They are sent to the examination board for marking. Students will sit a Reading and Listening examination at the end of year 11.
From September 2016, Year 10 Students will follow the AQA French and Spanish GCSE courses.
The three themes and relevant topics are:
Theme 1: Identity and culture
Topic 1: Me, my family and friends
Topic 2: Technology in everyday life
Topic 3: Free-time activities
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region
Topic 2: Social issues
Topic 3: Global issues
Topic 4: Travel and tourism
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
Topic 1: My studies
Topic 2: Life at school/college
Topic 3: Education post-16
Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions
Students will either be entered for the foundation tier or the higher tier in all 4 skills. The final decision on entry levels will be decided before the examination.
For the final grade these skills are weighted as follows:
- Listening 25%
- Speaking 25%
- Reading 25%
- Writing 25%
Students will sit exams in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing at the end of year 11.
We like to reward achievement and to this end we have a weekly achievement board, which is displayed in the Languages corridor. The students can be nominated for various reasons, including enthusiasm, general improvement, oral participation, a particularly good piece of classwork or homework. Students are rewarded with a commendation if they are on the achievement board.
Use the following websites for extension homework. This will be a great way to learn independently and improve your French skills.
- http://www.languageguide.org/french (For Vocabulary)