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Modern Foreign Languages

One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way!

Why learn a language?

Travel
Even a little knowledge of the language can make a difference in attitude when you meet people from other countries. Speaking another language helps to break down barriers.

Work and business
It can help you give an added advantage in your career if you work for an international firm or a company with international customers or contacts. Having a GCSE in languages opens doors to better paid jobs.

Music, film, arts and culture
If you like literature, films or music from other countries, learning the language will help your appreciation and understanding.

For a challenge
You will rapidly enjoy a sense of satisfaction from achieving short-term goals, such as learning how to say hello, introducing yourself or numbers 1-10. Improving your language skills will give you a sense of pride and achievement.

Key Stage 3

French:

Students throughout KS3 build on their knowledge of French from Year 7 to Year 9. Topics covered include: identity and culture; local area, holiday and travel; school; future aspirations, study and work; international and global dimension. Students have the opportunity to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in each lesson. They will also study a range of grammatical features including tenses. A variety of teaching and learning styles are incorporated into lessons and students are encouraged to become independent learners to develop their language acquisition and application. Self-assessment and peer-assessment continue to play an important role in their learning and in their development which will prepare them with the exam skills ready for the GCSE course.

Spanish:

Students throughout KS3 build on their knowledge of Spanish from Year 7 to Year 9. Topics covered include: identity and culture; local area, holiday and travel; school; future aspirations, study and work; international and global dimension. Students have the opportunity to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in each lesson. They will also study a range of grammatical features including tenses. A variety of teaching and learning styles are incorporated into lessons and students are encouraged to become independent learners to develop their language acquisition and application. Self-assessment and peer-assessment continue to play an important role in their learning and in their development which will prepare them with the exam skills ready for the GCSE course.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 FRENCH:

In Year 10 students focus on how to develop their use of French in a range of contexts. A big focus is placed on study skills and how students deepen their range of vocabulary and their understanding of a range of grammatical features, as required by the GCSE specification. Students work hard to develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing and will study a range of cultural items linking to French and the French speaking world. Topics covered at KS4 include: identity and culture; local area, holiday and travel; school; future aspirations, study and work; international and global dimension. Students have also worked on their exam skills throughout each in order to prepare for the GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11.

Year 10 SPANISH:

In Year 10 students focus on how to develop their use of Spanish in a range of contexts. A big focus is placed on study skills and how students deepen their range of vocabulary and their understanding of a range of grammatical features, as required by the GCSE specification. Students work hard to develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing and will study a range of cultural items linking to Spain and the Spanish speaking world. Topics covered at KS4 include: identity and culture; local area, holiday and travel; school; future aspirations, study and work; international and global dimension. Students have also worked on their exam skills throughout each in order to prepare for the GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11.

Year 11 FRENCH:

In Year 11, students continue to develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing and increase their knowledge of France and the French-speaking world.  They focus initially on controlled assessments before a comprehensive revision programme after Christmas.  In total, 4 controlled assessments (2 each in speaking and writing, worth 60% of the GCSE) will be submitted in summer with students encouraged to complete additional tasks in order to improve on their previous grades.  Topics include sport & leisure, the world of work and holidays. Listening and reading exams account for the remaining 40% of the GCSE examination.

YEAR 11 SPANISH:

In Year 11, students continue to develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing and increase their knowledge of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world. They focus initially on Controlled assessments before a comprehensive revision programme after Christmas. In total, 4 controlled assessments (2 each in speaking and writing, worth 60% of the GCSE) will be submitted, students will be encouraged to complete additional tasks if necessary in order to achieve their full potential. Year 11 topics of study include: holiday, the world of work and local area. Listening and reading exams account for the remaining 40% of the GCSE examination.

Enrichment

  • Lunch time language club
  • French/ movie lunch club
  • MFL Ambassadors
  • Pen Pal Project
  • Theatre company visit
  • Residential trip abroad

Head of Department

Mr A Ribot (Jan 2017)