Aims

 

The Department believes in ensuring that every student enjoys full access to the language curriculum, has the opportunity to study French, German and/or Spanish and enjoys the highest standards of attainment of which they are capable.

We wish to encourage positive attitudes to language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisation.

We aim to develop students’ ability to use French, German, 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.

Staff and resources

The Language Department has seven dedicated classrooms.  From September 2018, the faculty will be staffed by eight full time teachers and three language assistants. The Department has a consistent record in achieving high exam results in GCSE and A Level exams.

Aims

 

The Department believes in ensuring that every student enjoys full access to the language curriculum, has the opportunity to study French, German and/or Spanish and enjoys the highest standards of attainment of which they are capable.

We wish to encourage positive attitudes to language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisation.

We aim to develop students’ ability to use French, German, 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.

Staff and Resources

The Language Department has seven dedicated classrooms.  From September 2018, the faculty will be staffed by eight full time teachers and three language assistants. The Department has a consistent record in achieving high exam results in GCSE and A Level exams.

 

 

Key Stage 3 - Years 7-8 Modern Foreign Languages

  

KS3 - Years 7-8 Modern Foreign Languages

  

Different teachers have different teaching styles in their delivery and use a variety of resources to develop students listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating skills in the target languages– text books, 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.

 

Year 7:

 

All students in Year 7 study French. They have two lessons of French per week and are taught in their Form groups.

  

Year 8:

 

All students in Year 8 continue to learn French and either start a second modern language (German or Spanish) or continue with Latin which they start studying in Year 7 (please see the Classic Civilisation page for more detail on Latin). Students have two lessons per language in French, German and Spanish. In Year 8, students are taught in small class sizes of no more than twenty students to enable them to consolidate the foundations needed to start their GCSE in Year 9.

  

 

Key Stage 4 - GCSE Modern Foreign Languages

 

KS4 - Years 9-11 modern Foreign Languages

 

A GCSE course in Modern Languages allows students to develop their ability to understand the spoken and written language and express themselves both orally and in writing. The topics studied include: Identity and culture; Local, national, international and global areas of interest; Current and future studies and employment.

Students’ skills are developed through a variety of activities, including giving presentations, group work, independent research, pair work, and the use of ICT. Students need to be prepared to develop their active and passive vocabularies and their knowledge, understanding and application of grammar.

Although students decide to continue with one or two modern languages at the end of Year 9, the decision was made to move to a three year programme of study in response to the substantial content of the new GCSE specifications and their emphasis on grammar, spontaneity and new skills such as translation to give students the best preparation for success.

In Year 9, student have two lessons per week and three lessons per week in Year 10 and Year 11.

Assessment Structure for French, German and Spanish

 

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%)

 

It is Departmental policy to enter all pupils for the GCSE language examination. The Department follows the AQA syllabus for French, German and Spanish.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Stage 5 - A Level Modern Foreign Languages

 

KS5 - A Level in Modern Foreign Languages

 

French, German and Spanish - AQA Exam Board

Course requirements:

Students are expected to have achieved at least a Grade 6 at GCSE in their chosen language. They must also have some knowledge and understanding of the culture and way of life in that country. They need to be interested in developing this understanding and in exploring in much more depth the topic areas which they have covered at GCSE.

What do students learn on this course?

 

This course helps student develop their general study skills, but most of all, they learn to communicate at a higher level in the language which they have chosen. They also learn much more about a wide range of aspects of the society or societies in which the language is spoken.

 

What kind of student is this course suitable for?

 

This course is suitable for students who are interested in languages and communication, and enjoy learning about other cultures and ways of life. Similarly, students who are interested in the business world, in travel or tourism, in literature, or in journalism and the media are also likely to find the course appropriate. Whether students want to use their language for work, for further studies, training or for leisure, this course equips them with the necessary skills and knowledge.

 The core content is as follows:

  • Aspects of French/German/Spanish society: current trends and current issues
  • Political and Artistic culture in the French/German/Spanish-speaking world
  • Grammar
  • Works: Literary texts and films

There are three exams:

Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Translations 50%

Paper 2 – Writing 20%

Paper 3 – Speaking 30% 

Related Courses and Careers:

  

Courses:   Languages are “facilitating subjects” as recommended by the Russell Group of Universities.  An A Level in a language 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.  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Enrichment

 

In addition to visits abroad, the Department organises visits to the British Film Institute. Through a variety of workshops students are given the opportunity to discover the culture of the countries where French, German and Spanish are spoken through the study of short films. Every year, we also encourage our students to take part in regional language competitions such as spelling bees and debate competitions.

 Visits and Exchanges

Those currently on offer are as follows:

 French

Year 9/10: Exchange visit to Carnolès, South of France. Students 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.

Year 12: Students in are offered an exchange visit with a work experience placement in Carnolès. Students stay in individual families and work in their placement during the day. The reciprocal visit from France involves French students completing a week’s work experience in Bexley and staying with their partners’ families.

‘Concours de la Francophonie’, Mayo College, India (all ages): An incredible opportunity for students to take part in a 3-day French speaking competition organised by Mayo College, one of the most elite boarding schools in India, followed by a few days of sightseeing and discovery of Rajasthan. Students stay at the girls’school during the duration of the trip.

Spanish

Year 10: A homestay visit which offers a unique opportunity to experience a different culture, improve Spanish language skills and gain a unique insight into Spanish life. Students stay in pairs with Spanish families in Barcelona, who are very experienced in welcoming foreign school students into their homes and who actively encourage the pupils to practise their linguistic skills throughout their stay. During the trip, pupils will enjoy visiting several of Barcelona’s cultural delights, including visits to Park Güell, the Boqueria Market, the Magic Fountains and the Sagrada Familia. Students will also be given the opportunity to visit Las Ramblas, Pueblo Español and the Barcelona football ground; Camp Nou. Activities such as these are not only culturally enriching, but also relate directly to one of the units studied in the new GCSE syllabus.

 

 

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