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
Breakfast Club: Students can attend revision breakfast clubs every Thursday from 8.10-8.40am.
GCSE Spanish Revision: Offered by our dedicated staff every lunchtime.
After School Classes: Year 12 and 13 can learn Latin after school. It benefits those doing maths, science, English and language students and is free of charge to students.
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. Involvement in Bastille Day at Wicksteed Park in Kettering.
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.
Students are not assessed in the carousel but will then be assessed with National Curriculum levels during the rest of Years 7 and 8. 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. In Japanese students work at lower levels as Japanese does not follow National Curriculum levels in the same way.
KS4: What will students learn?
Students opt to study a GCSE in French, German, Spanish or Japanese 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.
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.