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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.

 

 

Year 10 and 11 students at the Sagrada Familila during their trip to Barcelona.

 

 

The language department consists of3 teaching rooms, each equipped with an interactive whiteboard. The school’s ICT suites are frequently used to support learning.

 

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9

Students study either French or Spanish

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

Topics include:

  • Introductions
  • About myself
  • I Spy

Students continue to study French or Spanish

Students develop their language skills during Year 8.

Topics include:

  • Home
  • Food
  • Leisure time

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:

  • Holidays
  • Healthy living
  • Entertainment

 

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.

 

 

 
Spanish role play: ordering food in a restaurant!

 

 

 

            
 

Miniature deseos (wishes) for the Bolivian Alasitas festival.

 

Preparations for the Year 9 French fashion show.

 

Teaching Staff

Eloise Gricourt: Head of Languages; teacher of French and Spanish
Claire Howell: Teacher of French and Spanish; Mary Glasgow magazine co-ordinator
Kate Lakeland: Teacher of French and Spanish
Afia Miah: Teacher of French and Spanish