Modern Foreign Languages

Why study a foreign language?

There are a number of careers specifically involving foreign languages, such as interpreting, telecommunications, translating, travel and tourism, hospitality and teaching. However, for most people, being able to use another language (or languages) is an invaluable extra asset when it comes to competing for jobs. Companies are more willing to offer employment to people with language skills as they often bring more flexibility to the work place, enabling companies to cope efficiently in any area where Britain needs to communicate with other countries.  Outside of the realm of work, learning a language develops confidence and communication skills and enhances our understanding of the wider world.

A number of universities, sixth form colleges and technical colleges such as QMC and BCOT encourage foreign language qualifications for many courses or add a foreign language module to existing courses. The emphasis for the future is to have a foreign language skill.

The language department consists of 3 teaching rooms, each equipped with an interactive whiteboard. The school’s ICT suites are frequently used to support learning.

Students study either French or Spanish

Most students are new to the language, so the basics are covered in Year 7.

Topics include:

  • Introductions
  • All About Me
  • My School

Students continue to study French or Spanish.

Students develop their language skills during Year 8.

Topics include:

  • Food
  • Leisure Time
  • Home Life
  • Holidays

Students continue to study French or Spanish.

Students build on their prior language, with a focus on using a range of tenses and variety of vocabulary.

Topics include:

  • Fashion
  • Healthy Living
  • Environment
  • Entertainment/Media

Opportunities for students to practise their language skills include trips to Barcelona and Paris in conjunction with the Art Department.

Creativity is encouraged, both in verbal and written communication and through other media. Activities this year have included making miniatures of “wishes” in honour of the Bolivian Alasitas festival; acting out scenes in restaurants; baking cakes using foreign-language recipes and putting on a fashion show.

KEY STAGE 4 – GCSE

KS4 students are now working on the Edexcel 1-9 GCSE. They will seat a terminal exam in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing at the end of Y11. Each skill represents 25% of the final exam grade.

The topics studied are:

Who am I?

Daily life

Cultural life

Holidays

Travel and tourist transactions

Town, region and country

What school is like

School activities

Using languages beyond the classroom

Ambitions

Work

Bringing the world together

Environmental issues

Useful websites to use to revise:

www.memrise.com students have all been asked to create a username and password and join their teacher’s group.

www.duolinguo.com or the app on the phones.

www.wordreference.com  a good online dictionary. We expect students NOT to use translators.

www.conjuguemos.com to practise vocabulary and grammar

www.quizlet.com to practise vocabulary. Students should create a log in and join their teaching group

Students are also encouraged to watch films/videos in French or Spanish in order to improve their listening skills.

We have a collection of films, books and magazines in the department that students are more than welcome to borrow. Please see the Head of Department for this.

Notices

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Teaching Staff

Ms E. Gricourt: Head of Languages; teacher of French and Spanish

Mrs K. Lakeland: teacher of French and Spanish

Ms P. Corrigan: teacher of French and Spanish

Mrs A. McCoy : teacher of French and Spanish