Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Languages:


In Year 7, half the year group study French and the other half study German.
The focus is on learning and developing the key skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing through such topics as talking about yourself, your mflfamily, food and your school. As far as possible lessons are run in the target language and students are encouraged to use the language themselves for everyday classroom communication. Students are taught in tutor groups for the first term and are then placed into ability-linked sets after the Christmas holidays.

French Year 8
Students are taught in ability groupings in Year 8. Those just starting the language follow a course similar to that in Year 7 outlined above. Those continuing their study further develop their language through the following topics: talking about jobs; the weather; free time; clothes; town; food and shopping; holidays; pocket money and future plans. As well as topic specific vocabulary, grammar covered includes an introduction to the past and the future tenses, as well as further work on the present tense including key irregular verbs – mettre, vouloir, pouvoir, devoir. Other aspects of grammar include use of adjectives, negatives and forming questions. Assessment takes place half-termly and uses the National Curriculum levels.

French Year 9
In Year 9, students continue in setted groups.  Key topic areas for French include: leisure activities; future careers; health and illness; travel; talking about the past. As well as working on topic specific vocabulary and practising communicative skills, grammar covered includes further work on the present, past and future tenses across all contexts studied.  From Year 9, students are encouraged to participate in the school’s French exchange.

French Year 10
Students are taught in sets for French .They follow the AQA syllabus and further develop their language skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Grammar covered includes present, perfect, imperfect, conditional and future tenses as well as use of adjectives and adverbs. Over the two year course students prepare and submit three pieces of written and oral controlled assessments, some being prepared in Year 10, but the majority in Year 11. The French assistant and the language lab are also used on a timetabled basis to help develop listening and speaking skills throughout the GCSE course.

French Year 11
Students continue to be taught in the same sets for French as in Year 10. They cover the final few topics of the course. Listening and reading skills are practised throughout the year. Controlled Writing and Speaking tasks are completed at appropriate points in the first two terms. Following the practice exams in December, students are entered for either Foundation or Higher Level in the Listening and Reading papers.

French Year 12
Students follow the AQA specification for languages and are required to develop and use a knowledge of vocabulary and idiom in a variety of topic areas. These include media, popular culture, healthy living / lifestyle and family relationships. To prepare for Unit 1 (Listening, Reading and Writing paper) students continue to develop an understanding of the grammar of the language and practise the skills of listening and reading comprehension as well as preparing for a writing task on the four topic areas mentioned above. Unit 2 (Speaking) requires students to respond orally to questions on a stimulus card and discuss the four topics areas studied throughout the year. The speaking exam is conducted at the beginning of May.

Weekly attendance at conversation classes with the assistant is compulsory in Year 12 and Year 13. We also strongly recommend that our students take part in the school’s French exchange or make their own private arrangements to spend time practising their French abroad. Students have regular access to the language laboratory and are encouraged to make use of this facility for independent study.

French Year 13
Students follow the AQA syllabus for languages, building upon and further developing their knowledge of vocabulary, idiom and grammar from the AS course. Topics covered in the A2 year include the Environment, the Multicultural Society and Contemporary Social Issues as well as two cultural topics, such as the study of a film, a work of literature or a period of history. Students sit an oral exam in which they respond to a stimulus card, arguing a point of view linked to one of the core topics and then discuss both the cultural topics studied. In addition there is a comprehension and writing paper which includes an essay written on one of the cultural topics.

 German Year 8 

 

 

Those students starting German in Year 8 are taught in ability-linked sets and  follow a course similar to that outlined for Year 7 above.  Those continuing with the language oeduttean essay written on onc develop their language skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing through the study of the following topics: Talking about holidays, food and shopping, TV programmes and after-school activities, health and fitness. As well as topic specific vocabulary, grammar covered includes the perfect tense, modal verbs and the use of weil as well as an introduction to the case system.

German Year 9
In Year 9, key topic areas for German include: leisure activities, school, the future and environmental issues. As well as working on topic specific vocabulary and practising communicative skills, grammar covered includes further work on the Present, Past and Future tenses across all contexts studied. From Year 9, students are encouraged to participate in the school’s German exchange.

German Year 10
Students are taught in sets for German. They follow the AQA syllabus  and further develop their language skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Grammar covered includes present, perfect, imperfect, conditional and future tenses as well as use of adjectives and adverbs. Over the two year course students prepare and submit three pieces of written and oral controlled assessments, some being prepared in Year 10, but the majority in Year 11.  The German assistant and the language lab are also used on a timetabled basis to help develop listening and speaking skills throughout the GCSE course.

German Year 11
Students continue to be taught in the same sets for German as in Year 10. They cover the final few topics of the course. Listening and reading skills are practised throughout the year. Controlled Writing and Speaking tasks are completed at appropriate points in the first two terms.  Following the practice exams in December, students are entered for either Foundation or Higher Level in the  Listening and Reading papers.

German Year 12
Students follow the AQA syllabus for languages at AS and are required to develop and implement a knowledge of vocabulary and idiom in a variety of topic areas. These include media, popular culture, healthy living/ lifestyle and family and relationships. Students continue to develop an understanding of the grammar of the language and practise the new skills of creative and factual writing and language manipulation tasks. In the spring term students prepare both discussion cards and a topic area for their speaking exam, which is conducted in May.

Weekly attendance at conversation classes with the assistant is compulsory in Year 12 and Year 13.  We also strongly recommend that our students take part in the school’s   German exchange or make their own private arrangements to spend time practising their German abroad.  Students have regular access to the language laboratory and are encouraged to make use of this facility for independent study.

German Year 13
Students follow the AQA syllabus for languages, building upon and further developing their knowledge of vocabulary, idiom and grammar from the AS course. Topics covered in the A2 year include the Environment, the Multicultural Society and Contemporary Social Issues as well as two cultural topics, such as the study of a film, a work of literature or a period of history.  Students sit an oral exam in which they respond to a stimulus card, arguing a point of view linked to one of the core topics and then discuss both the cultural topics studied.  In addition there is a comprehension and writing paper which includes an essay written on one of the cultural topics.

  

 Spanish 

 

 

Spanish Year 8

 

 

During the course in Year 8 students are taught in sets and develop their language skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing through the study of the following topics: self and family, friends and pets, school, likes and dislikes town and directions, family life, home and hobbies. As well as topic specific vocabulary, grammar covered includes the present tense of regular and irregular verbs, the immediate future, personal pronouns, question words, adjectives and agreements, prepositions, the ‘gustar’ structure and similar verbs expressing opinion, the difference between ‘ser’ and ‘estar’

Spanish Year 9
In Year 9 key topic areas for Spanish include: food, shopping for food, clothes, holidays, hobbies, outings and health, illnesses and healthy eating. As well as working on topic specific vocabulary and practising communicative skills, grammar covered includes further work on the present, past and future tenses across all contexts studied. Lessons include productive work as well as regular practice through listening and reading exercises.

Spanish Year 10
Students are taught in sets for Spanish. They follow the AQA syllabus and further develop their language skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Grammar covered includes present, perfect, imperfect, conditional and future tenses as well as use of adjectives and adverbs. Over the two year course students prepare and submit three pieces of written and oral controlled assessments, some being prepared in Year 10, but the majority in Year 11.  The Spanish assistant and the language lab are also used on a timetabled basis to help develop listening and speaking skills throughout the GCSE course.

Spanish Year 11
Students continue to be taught in the same sets  for Spanish as in Year 10. They cover the final few topics of the course. Listening and reading skills are practised throughout the year. Controlled Writing and Speaking tasks are completed at appropriate points in the first two terms.  Following the practice exams in December, students are entered for either Foundation or Higher Level in the Listening and Reading papers.

Spanish Year 12
Students follow the AQA syllabus for languages at AS and are required to develop and implement a knowledge of vocabulary and idiom in a variety of topic areas. These include media, popular culture, healthy living/ lifestyle and family and relationships. Students continue to develop an understanding of the grammar of the language and practise the new skills of creative and factual writing and language manipulation tasks. In the spring term students prepare both discussion cards and a topic area for their speaking exam, which is conducted in May.


Weekly attendance at conversation classes with the assistant is compulsory in Year 12 and Year 13.  We also strongly recommend that our students take part in the school’s   Spanish exchange or make their own private arrangements to spend time practising their Spanish abroad.  Students have regular access to the language laboratory and are encouraged to make use of this facility for independent study.


Spanish Year 13
Students follow the AQA syllabus for languages, building upon and further developing their knowledge of vocabulary, idiom and grammar from the AS course. Topics covered in the A2 year include the Environment,  the Multicultural Society and Contemporary Social Issues as well as two cultural topics, such as the study of a film, a work of literature or a period of history.  Students sit an oral exam in which they respond to a stimulus card, arguing a point of view linked to one of the core topics and then discuss both the cultural topics studied.  In addition there is a comprehension and writing paper which includes an essay written on one of the cultural topics

Chinese

Chinese is offered to all students as an extra-curricular lesson.   Lessons take place once a week after school and students are assessed against National Curriculum levels on a regular basis.  Students who continue with after-school lessons in the lower years can prepare for and take the GCSE examination once they are in the sixth form.  Students in Year 9 and up are encouraged to take part in the school’s Chinese exchange.

Arabic (Beginners’ level) is currently offered as an optional subject in the sixth form.