Modern Foreign Languages
Head of Subject: Mrs Julie Bonhême
Welcome to Modern Foreign Languages, the Head of Faculty is Julie Bonhême and she should be the contact for all queries. The faculty has 4 teachers and 2 foreign language assistants. We have 4 Classrooms, all equipped with interactive whiteboard.
Year 7 & 8
In year 7 & 8 all students have 3 periods of foreign language a fortnight. Half the Year 7 & 8 population will study French and half will study Spanish.
Courses taught at Key Stage 4:
Key Stage 4 – GCSE French
This is a 3 year course which involves oral and written assessments (2 of each skill to be completed during Years 9, 10 and 11) and which culminates in Reading and Listening exams.
In order to gain confidence in and to improve upon their oral skills, students in years 9, 10 and 11 have small group work sessions with our French assistant.
They also have the opportunity to take part in the French exchange which takes place in Belle Ile en Mer, a small island in Brittany.
Key Stage 4 – GCSE Spanish
Students in KS4 have 2 lessons per week. The 3 year course involves oral, written, listening and speaking assessments, with each aspect weighing 25% of the examination marks.
In order to gain confidence in and to improve upon their oral skills, students in years 9, 10 and 11 have small group work sessions with our Spanish assistant.
They also have the opportunity to take part in the Spanish exchange to Barcelona.
Throughout their time with us we continually assess students based on their progress and attainment. Classes are mixed ability and we do not place them in sets.
How can I help my son/daughter?
Encouraging your child to read books/magazines/articles in the target language may help improve comprehension and confidence; there are a number of websites which may be useful:
www.linguaflash.co.uk (redlang – tolgus)
www.activiscope.com (redruths x 2)
www.linguascope.com (redlang – redruth for pupils)
www.espanol-extra.co.uk (tolgus vean – pupils)