Modern Foreign Languages
Key Stage 3
All Year 7 students study French as their first Modern Foreign Language. After Easter in Year 7, the more talented linguists will continue with French and start German as a second language through to the end of Key Stage 3. The single linguist students will be able to concentrate on their French studies hence improving their overall skills.
In Year 7 students begin with the basics (greetings, numbers, colours, dates) then move on to family, pets and opinions. From January, students study school and hobbies and begin to gain confidence in adding reasons. Finally, students learn about the local area while strengthening all that has been seen before.
The year 8 French course covers a wide range of language that is relevant to students in their everyday life. This includes topics such as family and friends, free time, going out, holidays and there is also an excellent whodunit module where students use their logic skills to solve a crime! During the year 8 French course, students learn some key grammatical elements which allow them to hold short conversations and write paragraphs in French. By the end of the year 8 course, students are able to use three different tenses and express their own opinions and give reasons.
After Easter in Year 7, the most able students are given the opportunity to learn German alongside their French studies. Their studies in German follow the Echo Express 1 book, which is designed for able students learning a language for two years in Key Stage 3. By the end of chapter one, the students will be able to understand the basics and they will be able to greet each other, ask each other their names, where they live and their age and birthday.
At the beginning of Year 8, students study the topic of school, where they learn reasons for their opinions and start to work at including opinions and reasons in their work. Students study the vocabulary for family and pets and then move onto hobbies. They continue by learning about rooms in their house and things in their room and by the end of Year 8, students will be able to speak and write in German confidently in at least the present tense and have a working knowledge of the future tense.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 we offer GCSEs in both French and German. The GCSE courses we offer consist of topics involving general communication and comprehension. In Years 9 to 11, students will study the language and culture of the target language in greater depth, building on topics already studied at Key Stage 3. There are three broad topic areas ‘Identity and Culture,’ ‘Local, national, international and global areas of interest’ and ‘Current and future study and employment’ We work from a variety of resources, including textbooks, authentic texts and online resources.
The courses are divided into 4 skill areas with the equal weighting; Listening (25%), Speaking (25%), Reading (25%) and Writing (25%). Listening, Reading and Writing are assessed at end of the course, with three exams in the summer of Year 11. Students will also take a 7 to 12 minute speaking assessment in the April or May of Year 11.
Key Stage 5
Studying a Modern Language gives students the tools to share their views in a responsive and fun environment and allows them to explore diverse and interesting subject matter including music, film and technology to gain a greater understanding of contemporary culture abroad.
The A Level course will have four main elements;
- Aspects of the target language-speaking society: current trends,
- Artistic Culture in the target language-speaking world
- A choice of literary texts and films
The course is linear and students will sit three exams.