Modern Foreign Languages

Key Stage 3 Languages

In year 7, pupils begin learning French, with three hours a fortnight.  In year 8, the majority of students will begin their Spanish studies and will spend three hours on Spanish and two on French.  In year 9, the dual linguists will continue their studies and the French only students will have the chance to learn Spanish.

During years 7, 8 and 9, pupils cover a variety of different topic areas and acquire a range of transferable skills and strategies for language learning.  Activities are focused around building up pupils’ confidence in speaking, listening, reading and writing.  

Key Stage 4 French

Students can choose to follow French, Spanish or both at KS4.  They will have five hours a fortnight of French or Spanish.  Students follow the Edexcel GCSE course, which from September 2016 will involve one final exam in all four skills at the end of year 11.  Pupils will either be entered for foundation (grades G to C) or higher tier (grades C to A*) or a combination of the two.

There are five main topic areas:


 

·         Everyday activities

 


·         Personal and social life


·         The world around us

·         The world of work

·         The international world 

Key Stage 5 Languages

It is hoped that from September 2015, the academy will offer French at A level.  During the course, pupils will improve their fluency in French in order to allow them to study the culture associated with the language. 

In the future, we plan to offer A level Spanish from September 2017.

French Film Club

This year, we have begun running our French film club, which allows pupils once a week to come and watch a different French film. We show a mixture of modern and more traditional French films, to allow pupils to acquire vocabulary and compare a variety of styles of film. 

Foreign Language Assistant

The languages department is fortunate enough to have a French assistant, who helps with GCSE and KS3 groups, providing a cultural insight and offering the chance to practise and improve speaking skills with a native speaker.