Modern Foreign Languages

Department: Modern Foreign Languages

Department staff:

Mrs C Bailey: Subject Leader

Mrs F Trail: Assistant Subject Leader

Mrs C Hughes

Mrs SL Carlin

Mrs CE O’Neill

Mrs R Smith

Mrs M Griffiths

Mrs J Smith

Mrs A Newport

Mrs S Sketchley

Mrs P Estaban

Key Stage 3: French

What will I learn?

To understand and communicate through both speaking and writing in French about a range of topics such as:

  • myself, my family and friends
  • my hobbies, likes and dislikes and how I spend my free time
  • where I live and my local area
  • my school, jobs and plans for the future
  • holidays, travel and weather
  • eating and drinking habits and healthy lifestyle
  • life in French-speaking countries

I will also learn how to manage on a trip to France, including how to:

  • buy souvenirs, clothes, gifts
  • buy food and drink in a French café, restaurant or shop;
  • give and understand directions;
  • travel by bus and train;
  • book accommodation or communicate with a host family
  • cope with illness abroad.

I will also learn other useful things such as:

  • to say the alphabet in French;
  • to count in French;
  • names of colours, days of the week, months of the year;
  • to tell the time in French;
  • to give my opinion.

I will learn how the French language works, by learning grammar such as use of gender, different tenses, adjectival agreements, spelling and pronunciation rules. This will enable me to use the language independently and confidently.

I will learn how to use a bilingual dictionary, and how to use computers effectively to aid my learning

What will I do?

  • listen carefully to my teacher who will speak a lot of French in class!
  • listen to recordings and watch videos of native French speakers
  • speak French in lessons, with a partner and on my own;
  • read French, in class and at home;
  • work with authentic French texts and literary extracts
  • use my knowledge of grammar to write creatively by myself
  • translate sentences from French into English, and from English into French
  • maybe go on a trip to France;
  • sing songs and play language games in French.

Key Stage 3: German

What will I learn?

To understand and communicate through both speaking and writing in German about a range of topics such as:

  • myself, my family and friends
  • my hobbies, likes and dislikes and how I spend my free time
  • where I live and my local area
  • my school, jobs and plans for the future
  • holidays, travel and weather
  • eating and drinking habits and healthy lifestyle
  • life in German-speaking countries

I will also learn how to manage on a trip to Germany, including how to:

  • buy souvenirs, clothes, gifts
  • buy food and drink in a German café, restaurant or shop;
  • give and understand directions;
  • travel by bus and train;
  • book accommodation or communicate with a host family
  • cope with illness abroad.

I will also learn other useful things such as:

  • to say the alphabet in German;
  • to count in German;
  • names of colours, days of the week, months of the year;
  • to tell the time in German;
  • to give my opinion.

I will learn how the German language works, by learning grammar such as use of gender, different tenses, cases, adjectival agreements, spelling and pronunciation rules. This will enable me to use the language independently and confidently.

I will learn how to use a bilingual dictionary, and how to use computers effectively to aid my learning

What will I do?

  • listen carefully to my teacher who will speak a lot of German in class!
  • listen to recordings and watch videos of native German speakers
  • speak German in lessons, with a partner and on my own;
  • read German, in class and at home;
  • work with authentic German texts and literary extracts
  • use my knowledge of grammar to write creatively by myself
  • translate sentences from German into English, and from English into German
  • maybe go on a trip to Germany;
  • sing songs and play language games in German.

Key Stage 4

GCSE French

Overview of the course

French GCSE will build directly on the vocabulary, grammar and skills learnt at KS3.

Pupils will continue to widen their vocabulary and develop their knowledge and understanding of grammar. This will enable them to both understand and communicate confidently and effectively in French.

In addition to the KS3 topics pupils will develop their French further through new topics such as:

  • the environment
  • the world of work
  • social issues and responsibilities
  • use of new technology

Pupils will learn how to understand written and spoken French in a variety of both informal and formal contexts.

They will learn how to communicate orally and in writing in both practical and imaginative situations.

They will also learn how to apply their knowledge of grammar to translate short texts both out of and into French.

They will read extracts from authentic French literary texts and answer questions on them.

Examination board: AQA

Assessment details: 100% final exam.

Pupils will take an exam at the end of year 11 in each of the four skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Each exam is worth 25% of the total GCSE.

Useful Subject Links:

GCSE Bitesize: French revision

www.linguascope.com

www.languagesonline.org.uk

www.quizlet.com

GCSE German

Overview of the course

German GCSE will build directly on the vocabulary, grammar and skills learnt at KS3. Pupils will continue to widen their vocabulary and develop their knowledge and understanding of grammar. This will enable them to both understand and communicate confidently and effectively in German.

In addition to the KS3 topics pupils will develop their German further through new topics such as:

  • the environment
  • the world of work
  • social issues and responsibilities
  • use of new technology

Pupils will learn how to understand written and spoken German in a variety of both informal and formal contexts.

They will learn how to communicate orally and in writing in both practical and imaginative situations.

They will also learn how to apply their knowledge of grammar to translate short texts both out of and into German.

They will read extracts from authentic German literary texts and answer questions on them.

Examination board: AQA

Assessment details: 100% final exam.

Pupils will take an exam at the end of year 11 in each of the four skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Each exam is worth 25% of the total GCSE.

Useful Subject Links:

GCSE Bitesize: German revision

www.linguascope.com

www.languagesonline.org.uk

www.quizlet.com

GCSE Spanish

Overview of the course

Pupils have the opportunity to learn Spanish from scratch in years 10 and 11, as a second language only (in addition to either French or German). Although pupils usually have no prior knowledge of Spanish, they will use the language skills they have developed in KS3 French and/or German so that they can learn at a much faster rate than they have previously.

Pupils will develop a wide vocabulary and learn about how Spanish grammar works though the following topics:

  • myself, my family and friends
  • my hobbies, likes and dislikes and how I spend my free time
  • where I live and my local area
  • my school, jobs and plans for the future
  • holidays, travel and weather
  • eating and drinking habits and healthy lifestyle
  • the environment
  • the world of work
  • social issues and responsibilities
  • use of new technology
  • life in Spanish-speaking countries

They will also learn how to manage in a Spanish-speaking country in the following situations:

  • buy souvenirs, clothes, gifts
  • buy food and drink in a Spanish café, restaurant or shop;
  • give and understand directions;
  • travel by bus and train;
  • book accommodation or communicate with a host family
  • cope with illness abroad.

Pupils will learn how to understand written and spoken Spanish in a variety of both informal and formal contexts.

They will learn how to communicate orally and in writing in both practical and imaginative situations.

They will also learn how to apply their knowledge of grammar to translate short texts both out of and into Spanish.

They will read extracts from authentic Spanish literary texts and answer questions on them.

Examination board: AQA

Assessment details: 100% final exam.

Pupils will take an exam at the end of year 11 in each of the four skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Each exam is worth 25% of the total GCSE.

Useful Subject Links:

GCSE Bitesize: Spanish revision

www.linguascope.com

www.languagesonline.org.uk

www.quizlet.com