Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Leader: Mrs S DaCosta

The world is now a much smaller place thanks to developments in technology, which means a 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.

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 during year 8 to practice their learnt languages in practical situations.  In year 9 or 10, students are able to take part in a trip to France or Spain to immerse themselves in the language and culture.

Other Languages:

We currently offer an after-school club:

Panjabi for native speakers from GCSE to A-Level.

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 differentiate our teaching to meet the needs of all pupils. We focus on all the skills that language learning encompasses; speaking, listening, reading and writing.

During year 8 pupils study French or Spanish resulting in pupils having more hours to study their allocated language in order to better prepare them for GCSE.

We use interactive and creative programmes to teach foreign languages, including audio and video.

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 3 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.

Links to useful language websites:

www.duolingo.com

www.kahoot.it

www.quizlet.com

www.espanol-extra.co.uk

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

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. The four skills have equal value and pupils are assessed with final exams and the end of year 11.

Edexcel French GCSE course. https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/french-2016.html

Edexcel Spanish GCSE course   https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/spanish-2016.html

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 themes:

  • Identity and culture
  • Home and holidays
  • School
  • Future plans, education and work
  • The wider world and environment

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

We are also lucky enough to be allocated Foreign Language Assistant hours, which allows the students to practice speaking and listening with language teachers in smaller groups.

Links to useful language websites:

 www.duolingo.com

www.kahoot.it

www.quizlet.com

www.espanol-extra.co.uk

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

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

French

Download Information Sheet: French_Subject Info Sheet (002)

Spanish

Download Information Sheet: SPANISH_Subject Info Sheet