Aims

 

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.

Staff and Resources

 

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.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7-9 Modern Foreign Languages

  

How is the curriculum delivered in the Languages Department?

  

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.

Year 7:

 

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.

  

Year 8:

 

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.

 

Year 9:

 

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.

Key Stage 4 - GCSE Modern Foreign Languages

 

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. 

  

Year 10:

 

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.

 Year 11:

 

Students continue their study of one or two languages and receive three lessons per week in each. All classes are set where possible.

 

GCSE MFL Course Outline: 

 

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.

 

Assessment Structure:

 

Assessment 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%)

 

Assessment for Italian:

 

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%)

 

Key Stage 5 - A Level Modern Foreign Languages

 

AS Level in Modern Foreign Languages:

 


French  -  Edexcel Exam Board

German and Spanish - AQA Exam Board

Course requirements:

 


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.

What will I learn on this course?

 

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.

What kind of student is this course suitable for?

 

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.

What examinations will I have to take to get my qualification?

 

AS: French (AQA)

 

Unit One (AS) Spoken Expression and Response (30%)

  • The examination lasts 8-10 minutes 

  • You will have to choose a general topic area from those covered at AS Level

  • Before the exam, you will be given a stimulus card by the teacher/examiner on your chosen topic area and will be given 15 minutes to prepare it. You will be able to make notes and take them into the exam with you.

  • The examiner will begin the oral by asking you 2 questions provided by Edexcel on a specific aspect of the stimulus.

  • The examiner will then ask 2 further questions, again provided by Edexcel which are more open ended and designed to elicit more general opinions on the topic.

  • After 4 minutes spent on the stimulus, the examiner will ask more general questions but still on your chosen topic.

 

Unit Two (AS) Understanding and Written Response (70%)

  • The examination lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes

  • 45 minutes are allowed for listening at the beginning of the exam. You will have control of your own CD. You will not be allowed to continue with the listening after the first 45 minutes but, should you finish before, you will be allowed to start on the reading/writing part.

  • A transfer of meaning (translation) task will be incorporated into the reading element. There will be a range of written texts and you will be expected to give non-verbal, short target language and English responses to a range of questions.

  • You will be required to do a writing task in response to a stimulus.

AS : German and Spanish (Edexcel)

 

Topics covered: Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living/Lifestyle, Family/Relationships

Unit One (AS) Listening, Reading and Writing (70%)

  • The examination lasts 2 hours.

  • You control how long you spend on each element and in which order you complete the tasks.

  • The Listening element will consist of approximately 5 minutes of material.

  • You control your own listening device.

  • The Listening and Reading elements will be marked for comprehension only, not quality of language.

  • You will be required to complete a writing task, in which you will write a minimum of 200 words. You will respond to one question from a choice of three tasks, all based on the AS topics.

Unit Two (AS) Speaking (30%)

  • The examination will last 15 minutes.

  • You will choose from 2 cards on different topics, taken from the AS topics.

  • You will have 20 minutes preparation time. In this time you may make notes and bring them into the examination room. 

  • The examiner will begin the oral examination by asking you the questions printed on your card, before exploring the topic further.

  • You will then have a general conversation on the remaining three topic areas. You will choose the first topic.

A2:  German and Spanish

  

 The topics covered include:

 Culture and The Arts:

  • History, Cinema, Literature

The Multicultural Society:

  • Immigration, Integration, Racism


Contemporary Social Issues:  

  • Wealth and Poverty, Law and Order, Impact of Scientific and Technological Progress

Religion and Beliefs:

  • Ethical Issues, Religious Beliefs, Festivals and Traditions

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%

 

Related Courses and Careers:

  

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.  

 

Enrichment

In addition to visits abroad, the Department organizes cultural visits to French, German and Italian plays, art exhibitions and A Level revision courses.

 

Visits and Exchanges

 

Those currently on offer are as follows:

 

French

 

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.

 

German

 

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.

 

Spanish

 

Years 9 and 10: Five day homestay visit to Malaga. Pupils complete project work and use their experiences for a written coursework assignment.

 

 

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