Modern Foreign Languages
We believe strongly that languages are learnt to be used. Our goal as a department is to enable students to realise their full potential in whichever languages they study – French, German,Spanish, or a combination – with the eventual aim of achieving the highest possible end of key stage level, GCSE , AS or A2 grade.
Lessons centre around acquiring language through a variety of sources, be it textbooks or additional materials sourced and created by staff. All four skills are developed simultaneously – the majority of lessons will include listening, writing, reading and oral tasks, with the aim of achieving spontaneous use of language both in spoken and written form, as well as a high level of understanding of reading and aural material. Progress in all 4 skills is assessed regularly. Within lessons, students are encouraged to demonstrate and use the full range of language learnt – in this sense, languages stand out as a subject in which students can expect to be able to show awareness of everything they have learnt, from the beginning of Year 7 to the end of year eleven and beyond.
At GCSE, students focus on achieving the widest range of language and idiom, and reproducing this in written and oral assessed work. Listening and reading work is assessed in a single end of course examination. At AS and A2 the range of language continues to develop, whilst at the same time students study in greater depth the culture, history and traditions of the country concerned.
Mrs T Millikin
SECOND IN DEPARTMENT
|Mrs N Déniz-Woodward||Mrs A Paleoca|
|Ms S Tomey||Miss C Thompson|
Mrs L Rodriguez (Spanish) Mrs S Rangolam ( French)
Arrangements for KS3 provision are currently under review. All students learn Spanish as their primary language from the start of Year 7, with higher-achieving students subsequently starting French as a second language. German is available from the start of KS4. From the beginning of term 3 students are grouped into sets based on ability and attainment, with students in sets 1 and 2 starting a second language from the beginning of Year 8. At the beginning of Year 10, students may opt for any of the languages they have studied.
SUBJECT SUCCESS STORIES
We are constantly devising opportunities for students to make practical use of their language skills. Recent examples of this have included Year 7 students engaging in spontaneous conversations in café situations at Open Evening, and Year 9 students devising, rehearsing and recording a German language version of the Abba song “Mamma Mia”
EXTRA CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SUBJECT
After-school support sessions available in all 3 languages.