The Modern Languages Faculty is committed to a communicative and active approach to language learning, which allows students to be engaged in activities that have realistic and achievable targets. The aim therefore, is to encourage all students to develop communicative competence and to ensure that the more able are given the opportunity to excel.
Extra-Curricular Clubs and Activities
Language Leaders: Year 9 students of all abilities can apply for the language leaders awards scheme and deliver activities to the primary schools.
Links: With the Dutch School in Enschede and the Japanese School in London. Educational Visits to Northern France in Year 7, Cologne/Berlin (for those studying German) or Barcelona (for those studying Spanish) in Years 8 and 9.
KS3: What will students learn?
The MFL Faculty offers three languages - French, Spanish and German. All students (with a few exceptions) will study a language up until the end of KS3.
A typical lesson in KS3 would involve a variety of activities with an emphasis on Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing . Students work individually, in pairs and in groups and use a range of ICT materials.
Students follow the KS3 Programme of Study building their language learning skills over two years.
There will be termly assessments and in French, students will be expected to work in the range of levels 1-7 (due to their primary progress). In German and Spanish students will be working in the range levels 1-5.
KS4: What will students learn?
Students opt to study a GCSE in French, German or Spanish at the end of Year 8. Students in Spanish, German and French may also be recommended to study an NVQ at Level 2 which they can complete in Year 9 and then choose to continue to GCSE if they wish. Topics studied include the world of work, new media, self, family and friends and education. The NVQ focuses on language for a business environment. (still going on ?)
We use the Edexcel GCSE course, which is 60% controlled assessments in speaking and writing, and 40% in listening and reading exams. Exams are normally completed at the end of Year 11. Students either sit a foundation or higher paper at GCSE. Last year 80% of students achieved a A*-C or equivalent or higher in one Modern Foreign Language at Campion School.
Mr J Morales-Shearer Head of Faculty
Mrs K Goodman Second in Faculty
Mrs J Harvey teacher of French and Head of Chestnut House
Mrs A Gomez teacher of Spanish and Acting Head of Elder House
Mrs N Fernandez teacher of German
Mrs F Cochrane teacher of Spanish and French
Mrs M Llabani teacher of German
Mrs A Harjula teacher of Japanese
Mr S King teacher of German and Deputy Head