Modern Foreign Languages
The Modern languages department currently offers French to all pupils at all levels of ability and German in Y11. We have two full-time staff and two part time who all speak both French and German. All pupils learn a foreign language in year 7. The same language is taught to the whole year group across the key stage.
The department is well equipped with 3 designated teaching rooms and a computer suite, comprising of 30 machines,to which all pupils have regular time-tabled access.
The department has previously enjoyed trips to both France and Germany, which have proved very popular with pupils. We have a Y9 link with a school in Madagascar and a Y10 link with a school in France with which we exchange penfriend letters.
Scheme of Work
Pupils this year are enjoying the new curriculum that we have developed as a department. They are learning to be able to speak and write about their family, television, music and film and are developing their knowledge of French culture. We have included opportunities for pupils to practise translation and study French literature, both of which are important for the new GCSE.
Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the International Day of Languages delivered as an ACE day in Y9. They enjoyed a theatre production delivered in French, cookery sessions, taster sessions of Greek, Mandarin Chinese and Russian and participated in Art and Technology sessions with an international theme.
KS4 pupils can opt for French at KS4. The current course follows a modular approach and covers the examination syllabus (Edexcel) in topic areas, which consist of the following topic areas; Out and About Customer services and transactions Personal information Future Plans, education and work.
The course contains the 4 elements of Listening (20%) Speaking (30%) Reading (20%) and Writing (30%). The speaking and writing sections are assessed throughout the course and the listening and reading are assessed at the end of the course in a final examination.
From September 2016 the course will follow a new specification which involves gives 25% weighting to each element. Speaking is assessed through a final exam in the spring term of Y11, with Listening, Reading and Writing assessed through a final written exam in the summer term.
Languages at A/AS level are offered at most of our local post-16 providers. Many employers view a qualification in Languages as proof of adaptability, flexibility and an open mind- all of which are pre-requisites in today’s ever changing employment market.