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
    • 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
    • Environment

    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
    • Holidays
    • 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.

     

    Spanish role play: ordering food in a restaurant

     

    Miniature deseos (wishes) for the Bolivian Alasitas festival.

     

    Preparations for the Year 9 French fashion show.

     

     

    KEY STAGE 4 - GCSE

    The Y10 are working on the new Edexcel GCSE. They will not complete Controlled assessment anymore and will sit an exam in Writing, Speaking, Listening and Reading. Each skill represents 25% of the final exam grade.

     

    The topics studied are:

    THEME 1: IDENTITY AND CULTURE

    Who am I?

    Daily life

    Cultural life

     

    THEME 2: LOCAL AREA, HOLIDAY, TRAVEL

    Holidays

    Travel and tourist transactions

    Town, region and country

     

    THEME 3: SCHOOL

    What school is like

    School activities

     

    THEME 4: FUTURE ASPIRATIONS, STUDY AND WORK

    Using languages beyond the classroom

    Ambitions

    Work

     

    THEME 5: INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL DIMENSION

    Bringing the world together

    Environmental issues

     

    The current Y11 are working on the previous Edexcel specifications. They will complete Controlled assessment in Speaking and Writing (each 30% of the final grade) and will sit an exam in Listening and Reading (each 20% of the final grade). In Y11, they will work on the topic of Holiday, Healthy living and Environment.

     

     

    Useful websites to use to revise:

    www.zut.org.uk- students are given the username and password in lessons.

    www.oye.languageskills.co.uk- students are given the username and password in lessons.

    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

     

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

     

     

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    Teaching Staff

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

    K. Lakeland: teacher of French and Spanish

    L. Lemoine: teacher of French and Spanish