Modern Foreign Languages

Aims

The Modern Foreign Languages department consists of three experienced and enthusiastic teachers, who deliver French, Spanish and German. We encourage students to be inquisitive about the world in which they live and to understand the importance of communication in the global village of today.  By studying languages, students will develop their confidence and a range of skills valued by employers. As a department we aim to foster a love of learning languages, an awareness of the importance of appreciating other cultures and the development of students’ literacy skills.  We encourage independent learning and an active use of the target language. 

Visits abroad are organised annually to the Normandy Battlefields and there are trips to Barcelona and The Rhine. 

What you will study

The teaching is based on the communicative approach and covers all four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. In both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students are taught in topics covering these four skills. Interactive materials are used, as well as the course book.
 
In Year 7, students follow a short introductory course, before moving on to study topics such as Myself, My school, Pastimes, My town and Holidays. In Year 8 and Year 9 students study Free Time, Television and Cinema, Holidays, and Describing your town, amongst other topics.

From September 2016, the department will use the new AQA specifications for GCSE and the themes covered will be:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

 
Clubs

There are opportunities at lunchtimes for all students to come to do homework, revision and independent learning. Additional support sessions are run at crucial exam times for KS4 students providing additional exam support and revision opportunities.  In the summer term, there is a foreign language reading club.

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