The department believe in ensuring that every student enjoys full access to the language curriculum, has the opportunity to study French, German Italian and Spanish and enjoys the highest standards of attainment of which they are capable.
We wish to encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisation.
We aim to develop the ability of student’s to use French, German, Italian or Spanish effectively for purposes of practical communication and to form a sound base of the skills, language and attitude required for further study, work and leisure. The department encourages students to develop an awareness of the nature of language and language learning. We believe in the importance of motivating students to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop greater independence and we promote skills of a more general application. We wish the student, through language learning, to experience enjoyment and intellectual stimulation.
To deliver the curriculum in four languages, French, German, Spanish and Italian. The department is one of the biggest faculties within the school. The teachers come from a wide background of educational establishments.
All classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and speakers. Computers are available for use by students and staff in the Language Lab and sixteen tablet computers are available to use.
Foreign Language Assistants
We are fortunate to have the services of four foreign language assistants all of whom are with us for 12 hours per week (i.e. 14 lessons).
In timetabling the work of the assistants, priority is given to Years 12 and 13, although, wherever possible, they should be timetabled to spend some time each week with students from Year 11.
The Assistants normally attend a Borough-run Inset early in October to provide them with an introduction to the English education system and to give them guidelines as to their roles within their schools.
Different teachers will have different teaching styles in their delivery and will use a variety of resources – text books, tapes, videos/dvds, ICT, interactive whiteboard, flashcards, mini-whiteboards, songs, worksheets and provide students with a variety of learning experiences – written exercises, off by heart learning, role plays, group work, pair work, research, creativity, questionnaires, drama and much more.
National Curriculum Levels are no longer a requirement from September 2014. Although the department may decide to continue to use these in some form in order to facilitate target setting and monitoring.
All students in Year 7 study two languages either French and Italian or German and Spanish. They have two lessons of each language per week. They are taught in their form groups.
All students in Year 8 continue learning either French and Italian or German and Spanish. They have two lessons per week in each language. They are taught in form groups.
Wherever possible, students are set based on Year 8 examination results and have five lessons over two weeks in each of the two languages studied, either French and Italian or German and Spanish.
A GCSE course in Modern Languages allows you to develop your ability to understand the spoken and written language and express yourself both orally and in writing. The topics studied include Health, Relationships and Choices, Free time and the Media, Holidays, Home and Local Area, the Environment, School and Future Plans and Current and Future Jobs.
Your skills will be developed through a variety of activities, including giving presentations, group work, independent research, pair work, the use of ICT and the chance to work in small groups with the foreign Language Assistants.
At the end of Year 9, students must continue their study of at least one modern foreign language but may also opt to study two. They are taught in sets based on Year 9 examination results wherever possible and have three lessons per week.
Students continue their study of one or two languages and receive three lessons per week in each. All classes are set where possible.
It is departmental policy to enter all pupils for the GCSE language examination. The Department follows the AQA syllabus for French, German, Spanish and Italian.
The students complete Controlled Assessments for Speaking and Writing and students will be entered for either Foundation (grades G-C) or Higher (grades C-A*) Level in the Listening and Reading examinations.
It is school policy to enable bi-lingual students to take the GCSE in their mother tongue. It is not always possible to cater for the speaking tests on the school site and in some cases a different Examination Board is used.
Paper 1: Listening Exam – Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language (25%). Questions are answered in both English and the Target Language.
Paper 2: Speaking Exam – Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes (25%)
Paper 3: Reading Exam – Understanding and responded to different types of written language (25%). Questions are answered in both English and the Target Language.
Paper 4: Writing Exam – Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes (25%)
Paper 1: Listening Exam – Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language (20%). Questions are answered in both English and the Target Language.
Paper 2: Speaking Exam – Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes (30%)
Paper 3: Reading Exam – Understanding and responded to different types of written language (20%). Questions are answered in both English and the Target Language.
Paper 4: Writing Exam – Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes (30%)
French - Edexcel Exam Board
German and Spanish - AQA Exam Board
You will be expected to have achieved at least a grade B at GCSE in your chosen language. You must also have some knowledge and understanding of the culture and way of life in that country. You need to be interested in developing this understanding and in exploring in much more depth the topic areas which you have covered at GCSE.
This course will help you to develop your general study skills, but most of all, you will learn to communicate at a higher level in the language which you have chosen. You will also learn much more about a wide range of aspects of the society or societies in which the language is spoken.
If you are interested in languages and communication, and you enjoy learning about other cultures and ways of life, then the Modern Foreign Languages course could be suitable for you. Similarly, if you are interested in the business world, in travel or tourism, in literature, or in journalism and the media, then you are also likely to find the course appropriate. There are a number of options in the course where you can choose your topic to suit your interests. Whether you want to use your language for work, for further study, training or for leisure, this course will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge.
Unit One (AS) Spoken Expression and Response (30%)
Unit Two (AS) Understanding and Written Response (70%)
Topics covered: Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living/Lifestyle, Family/Relationships
Unit One (AS) Listening, Reading and Writing (70%)
Unit Two (AS) Speaking (30%)
The topics covered include:
Culture and The Arts:
The Multicultural Society:
Contemporary Social Issues:
Religion and Beliefs:
You will also study either a literary text or a film.
There are two exams:
Unit 3 Listening, Reading and Writing 32.5%
Unit 4 Speaking 17.5%
Courses: Languages are “facilitating subjects” as recommended by the Russell Group of Universities. An AS/A2 in Spanish would be beneficial to a great majority of courses at university, and would be particularly helpful if you choose to spend a year abroad.
Careers: Translating, Interpreting, Finance, Law, Sales and Marketing, Engineering, Tourism, Leisure, Public Sector, United Nations and European Union, Media, Teaching (Primary and Secondary), Linguistics, plus knowledge of a foreign language can allow you to pursue any career at an international level.
In addition to visits abroad, the Department organizes cultural visits to French, German and Italian plays, art exhibitions and A Level revision courses.
Those currently on offer are as follows:
Year 9/10: Exchange visit to Carnolès, South of France. Pupils stay in individual families, attend school with their partners, and take part in excursions. The reciprocal visit from France involves one day in school, days out in London and generally another whole day excursion. All pupils complete a booklet of activities and do a project on their return.
Students in Year 12 are also offered a week’s work experience in Carnolès. This is also offered on an Exchange basis, French students will also complete a week’s work experience in Bexley and stay with their partners’ families.
Years 9, 10 and 12: Seven day exchange visit with Franz Stock Gymnasium, Arnsberg, Germany. Pupils stay in individual families, attend school with their partners, and take part in excursions. The reciprocal visit from Germany involves one day in school, days out in London and generally another whole day excursion. All pupils complete a booklet of activities and do a project on their return.
Years 9 and 10: Five day homestay visit to Malaga. Pupils complete project work and use their experiences for a written coursework assignment.