Modern Foreign Languages

Head of Subject: Miss Angela Pook

Welcome to Modern Foreign Languages, the Head of Faculty is Angela Pook and she should be the contact for all queries.  The faculty has 5 teachers and 2 foreign language assistants. We have 5 classrooms, all equipped with interactive whiteboards, and make frequent use of the ICT facilities.

Year 7 & 8

In Year 7 & 8 all students have 3 foreign language lessons per fortnight. Half the population will study French and half will study Spanish.

Courses taught at Key Stage 4:

In Key Stage 4 all students have 4 language lessons per fortnight.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE French

This is a 3 year course which culminates in exams in all four skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing. Each skills is worth 25% of the total 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 French assistant.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Spanish

This is a 3 year course which culminates in exams in all four skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing. Each skills is worth 25% of the total 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 language trip to Barcelona.

Setting

When students join us in Year 7 they are initially taught in mixed ability tutor groups. In the first few weeks, all Year 7 students complete a language aptitude test. We use the results from this, combined with the results from their first French/Spanish assessment after October half term, to set students by language ability. The aim of setting the students by language ability is to ensure that students are able to maximise their progress in languages.

How can I help my son/daughter?

Encourage your child to watch short YouTube clips TV shows on Netflix etc in the target language. Listening to music in the target language will also help to improve comprehension and confidence. There are also a number of websites which may be useful:

www.linguascope.com (username: redlang password: redfrench4)

www.languagesonline.org.uk (no log in required)

www.quizlet.com (no log in required)

www.wordreference.com

www.spanishdict.com

www.espanol-extra.co.uk  (username: redlang password: tolgus)

www.studyspanish.com (no log in required)

http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

 

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