Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Leader: Mrs S DaCosta

The world is now a much smaller place thanks to developments in technology, which means the working knowledge of a foreign language has become an extremely important skill. Business leaders often speak of the need for the country to produce more linguists if the United Kingdom is to operate effectively on the world stage and at Saint George’s, we do our best to ensure that this happens.

The MFL department believes that engagement and encouragement are key to motivating pupils to achieve.  Language classes are lively and students are encouraged to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The students are assessed on a regular basis, with particular emphasis placed on vocabulary and grammar learning.

The department is led by Miss C Jolibois – email: [email protected], who, along with her team of MFL teachers, will be willing to answer any questions you may have regarding your son/daughter’s language learning.

Extra-curricular

We are fortunate at Saint George’s that we are able to offer students the opportunity to use their languages in the countries where they are spoken. At present we organise several very successful visits.

Students are able to take part in a trip to France at the end of Year 7 and in a trip to Spain in Year 8 to practice their learnt languages in practical situations.  In year 10, students are able to take part in a trip to France and Spain.

Other Languages:

We currently offer an after school club:

Panjabi for native speakers from GCSE to A-Level.

MFL News and Events

This year 86 % of pupils taking French achieved grades A* – C

In Key Stage 3 all students will study French and Spanish

At Saint George’s, we take into account that pupils starting French and Spanish in year 7 will have a range of different language learning experiences, depending on the provision at their primary school. Therefore, we try to move quickly through the basic material and encourage pupils to increase their language skills in the first few weeks by using an innovative method of fast track learning which incorporates visual signals for words and phrases. Most pupils are able to talk about themselves at length after only 2 weeks of learning the language and to produce a presentation about themselves for assessment.

This emphasis on communication is continued throughout Key Stage 3 with the students take part in a variety of creative projects using video, ICT and audio equipment such as:

  • Writing a children’s story in French and Spanish
  • Making a presentation about their school
  • Producing a TV weather report
  • Writing a story about a lost pet

The main theme of year 7 and 8 is talking about myself, family and friends, whilst learning language useful for travel abroad.

We expect most pupils to reach grade D/C by the end of year 8.  The skills developed throughout Key Stage 3 are aimed to provide a solid foundation for Key Stage 4, as they are essential for success at GCSE.   At the end of Key Stage 3 pupils can choose to continue with French or Spanish at GCSE in Key Stage 4.

Homework club for years 7 & 8 runs every Wednesday at lunchtime in room 11.  Students are able to bring their lunch and get extra support with French or Spanish homework.

Links to useful language websites:

www.linguascope.com
username: stgeorges, password: merci14 – can be found on p24 of planners

www.espanol-extra.co.uk

http://www.atantot.com

http://www.atantot-extra.co.uk

http://www.languagesonline.org.uk

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/

http://www.mflgames.co.uk/

http://www.francais-extra.co.uk

At the end of Key Stage 3 pupils can choose to continue with French or Spanish at GCSE in Key Stage 4.  A GCSE in a modern foreign language forms part of the English Baccalaureate qualification and is becoming increasingly important for university entrance in any discipline.

At Saint George’s, we follow the EDEXCEL GCSE course for French and Spanish.  The course consists of four units based on the following skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. There are two controlled writing assessments and two controlled speaking assessments, which make up 60% of the final grade.  Reading and listening are assessed through external examinations at the end of the GCSE course and are worth 40% of the final grade.

Edexcel French GCSE course. http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse09/mfl/french

Edexcel Spanish GCSE course   http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse09/mfl/spanish

The course enables pupils to develop the language skills they have acquired during KS3 and they are regularly assessed in each of the 4 skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) throughout KS4.

They will be expected to use all four skills to discuss in detail a variety of topics,  including:

  • Media and culture
  • Sport and leisure
  • Travel and tourism
  • Business, work and employment
  • Out and about
  • Customer service and transactions
  • Personal information
  • Future plans, education and work

Homework is set regularly and enables the students to improve their skills and exam techniques.

We are also lucky enough to benefit from French and Spanish language assistants, which allows the students to practice speaking and listening with native speakers.

French revision sessions for year 11 run every Friday in room 11 and room L2.

Links to useful language websites:

www.linguascope.com
username: sgskent, password: merci14 – can be found on p21 of planners

www.espanol-extra.co.uk

http://www.atantot.com

http://www.atantot-extra.co.uk

http://www.languagesonline.org.uk

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/

http://www.mflgames.co.uk/

http://www.francais-extra.co.uk

 

 

French

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Spanish

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