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.

    Year 7 Year 8 / AQA FCSE Year 9 / AQA FCSE

    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

    At KS4, we are using Edexcel as an exam board. Students are working on controlled assessment in speaking and writing.


    French/Spanish Edexcel GCSE

    Course topics are divided into 8 different themes:


    For listening and reading:

    • Out and about
    • Customer services and transactions
    • Personal information
    • Future plans, education and work


    For speaking and writing:

    • Media and culture
    • Sport and leisure
    • Travel and tourism
    • Business, work and employment.


    Each topic will cover all four skills areas:

    • Listening- 20% of the final grade, answers in English
    • Speaking- 30% of the final grade
    • Reading- 20% of the final grade, answers in English
    • Writing- 30% of the final grade



    • Controlled assessments in writing undertaken at different time during the course.
    • 2 pieces will be submitted and assessed by Edexcel.
    • Minimum of 200 words per piece
    • Regular homework- written and learning
    • Speaking assignments – 2 tasks of the following:
      • open interaction
      • picture-based free-flowing discussion
      • a presentation followed by a discussion
    • Dictionary required.





    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.



    Speaking Exams

    • 11A French with Ms Gricourt will have their speaking exam on Wednesday 7th October
    • 11B Spanish will have theirs on the 5th October


    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