Modern Languages

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 all students are given the opportunity to excel.

“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open up every door along the way.” Frank Smith

Extra-Curricular Clubs and Activities

Language Leaders:  Year 9 students of all abilities can apply for the language leaders’ awards scheme and deliver a variety of activities in the primary schools.

Educational Visits: St Omer in France for those studying French in  year 8/9, Cologne for those studying German in year 8/9 and Barcelona for those studying Spanish in year 8/9. 

We also offer a variety of revision, support and intervention sessions for students.

KS3: What will students learn?

The MFL Faculty offers three languages – French, German and Spanish. 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 will have the opportunity to work with authentic texts and translations.  Students work individually, in pairs and in groups and use a range of ICT materials.  Teachers build the students’ language learning skills until the end of year 9 in order to prepare them for their KS4 language study.

In KS3 we use the Pearson range of text books, Studio 1, 2 & 3 for French, Stimmt 1, 2 and 3 for German and Viva 1,2 and 3 for Spanish.  We also have an interactive online package which we can use from the front of the classroom.  Information on the range of resources we use can be found at:  http://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/secondary/Secondary.aspx

KS3: Assessment

There are termly assessments.  These are levelled against Key Performance Indicators which relate to the new 1-9 levels.

KS4: What will students learn?

Students opt to study a GCSE in French, German or Spanish at the end of Year 9.  We hope that the topics covered in the GCSE specification will stimulate and motivate our students.  A range of topics that will be familiar are included as well as new ones that will inspire students who are interested in the culture, communities and countries of their chosen language.

There are 3 themes in the new GCSE with a range of sub-topics, these themes are: Identity and Culture; Local, national, international and global areas of interest; Current and future study and employment. This content and grammar will help prepare them for their further study at A level.

We follow the AQA exam specification using Kerboodle for the text books.   We also have the Kerboodle interactive online package which we can use from the front of the classroom and which students can access from home for further study with their own passwords.  Information on the range of resources we use can be found at:  https://global.oup.com/education/secondary/subjects/mfl/?region=international

KS4: Assessment

This is a two year qualification. In order to achieve the award, students must complete all assessments at the end of the course and in the same year.

We use the AQA GCSE course which is exam based, testing the 4 skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.  All have a 25% weighting and are tested at the end of year 11. The GCSE exams include questions that allow students to demonstrate their ability to draw together their knowledge, skills and understanding from across the full course of study and provide extended responses.

KS4: Aims and Learning Outcomes

This specification should encourage students to develop their ability and ambition to communicate with native speakers in speech and writing. The study of a language should also broaden their horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develop new ways of seeing the world.  It should also help them to express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently; develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries and communities where their chosen language is spoken; develop language learning skills both for immediate use and prepare them for further language study in school, higher education or employment. 

KS5: What will students learn?

We use the AQA GCE course which we hope will inspire, challenge and motivate students, enabling them to progress through to the next stage of their language learning.  To cater for students in all educational contexts, there is a wide variety of set texts and films which are rich in cultural references and will broaden our students’ horizons and knowledge.  The core content covers:  Social issues and trends; Political and artistic culture; Grammar and a literary text and film. 

We follow the AQA exam specification using Kerboodle for the text books.   We also have the Kerboodle interactive online package which we can use from the front of the classroom and which students can access from home for further study with their own passwords.  Information on the range of resources we use can be found at:  https://global.oup.com/education/secondary/subjects/mfl/?region=international

KS5: Assessment

This is a 2 year qualification. In order to achieve the award, students must complete all assessments at the end of the course and in the same year. The examination covers listening, reading, speaking and writing

Staff

Mrs J Beswick                          Head of Faculty, teacher of French & German

Mrs J Harvey                            Head of French & Achievement lead 

Mrs F Cochrane                       Head of Spanish

Mrs N Fernandez                     Teacher of German

Miss V Langlois                       Teacher of French and Spanish                               

Miss N Evans                           Teacher of German

Mr S King                                 Teacher of German & Assistant Headteacher

Mrs Y Schumacher                 Teacher of Japanese (Year 11)