Modern Foreign Languages
The main aims of the department are to motivate and inspire students to learn Modern Foreign Languages across the curriculum, and create a positive environment for language learning to take place. It is vital that we capture the interest of students in order to ensure that motivation remains high across all of the age groups and that there is an increasing number of double linguists.
The Languages department regularly organises study visits to France and Germany. Year 8 go annually to Paris, and Years 9-13 are given the opportunity to go to Germany. This year, there will also be a trip to France to see the Christmas markets.
These trips are extremely important, as one of the best ways of learning a language is by visiting the country itself and speaking it. Moreover such visits give an important insight into the target culture; most of the students return with an improved knowledge and motivation.
Students are also taught about the importance of languages for their futures. It is pointed out to students that universities look extremely favourably on candidates with language qualifications. We hope that both of these help maintain the motivation of students.
Aside from motivation, the Modern Foreign Languages department aims to consolidate on the excellent exam results of the past few years, by further reducing the number of students failing and by increasing the number of 7-9 grades. To do this, the department have worked together to create a bank of resources and to share ideas and good practice. We also organise regular lunchtime and after school study sessions to support underperforming students. In this way, we have seen a clear improvement in our GCSE and A-Level examination results.
All students are taught two lessons of French and German in Years 7 and 8. In year 8, all students also have a lesson of Spanish a week. At the end of Year 8, students opt to take two out of the three languages in year 9, before making a decision about their GCSE Language choice at the end of year 9.
Year 7 French: greetings, phonics, alphabet, classroom objects, dates, family, house and home, prepositions, animals, avoir and être, weather, sports with ‘jouer’, regular –er verbs in the present tense, ‘aller,’ countries, near future, clothes and adjectival agreements
Year 7 German: numbers, greetings, alphabet, countries, classroom objects, family, pets, regular verbs in the present tense, rooms and furniture, clothes, colours, ordering food in a snack bar.
Year 8 French: town, food, shops, hobbies, present tense (regular, irregular, modal, reflexives), daily routine, simple future.
Year 8 German: transport, hobbies, weather, time, chores, future tense, daily routine, school, opinions, food, introduction to perfect tense, café dialogue.
Year 8 Spanish: alphabet, days and months, numbers, classroom objects, family members, colours, adjectival agreements, countries and nationalities, houses and rooms, food, sports, free time, school.
Course/s offered: GCSE French, GCSE German, GCSE Spanish
Board: AQA (All Languages)
Specification code/s: 8658 (French), 8668(German), 8698 (Spanish)
Year 9 French: music, perfect tense, festivals, imperfect, travel and tourism
Year 9 German: town, jobs, perfect tense, Austria, travel and tourism, music
Year 9 Spanish: current and future studies and employment, daily routine, weather, present tense, perfect tense, future tense
Year 10 French, German, and Spanish: Identity and culture (technology in everyday life, free-time activities, me, my family and friends). Local, national, international and global areas of interest (customs and festivals in French, travel and tourism)
Year 11 French, German, and Spanish: Health, Home, town, neighbourhood and region, Social issues, Global issues, Preparation for the Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing exams
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