Key aims of the Modern Languages Department are as follows;
- To develop a love and appreciation of languages and different cultures
- To enable pupils to progress in their effective use of a foreign language
- To equip pupils with a dynamic and broad skill set, including communication skills and confidence
- To develop vital skills for future employment in a multicultural world
Pupils will do a short, carousel style course in French, German and Spanish. They learn to describe themselves, their pets and their families whilst recognising various patterns and sounds in the language. Pupils acquire skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing. Each course starts from beginners level which enables acquisition of the language for the first time, whilst enhancing the skills of those with experience from primary school.
Pupils choose to carry on with their studies in two of the languages. They continue to develop their language skills from Year 7 and begin to formulate fuller spoken and written answers. They look at how to express likes and dislikes and begin to use a variety of tenses including present, past and future. The main topics covered are hobbies, sports, school and where I live.
Pupils can choose to continue with their two chosen languages or can focus on just one. Year 9 is an enhancement of the skills learnt in Year 8 however we do also aim to build a solid foundation for continuation onto GCSE. This is done by further focus on more advanced grammatical structures including tenses, adding detail to spoken and written work and confidence building. Topics studied include fashion, holidays, media and food.
Pupils continue with at least one language to GCSE and follow the AQA syllabus. They learn to understand and provide information and opinions relating to their own lifestyle and that of other people, including people in countries where the foreign language is spoken. They learn to give full descriptions and accounts and how to cope with a degree of unpredictability. These skills are developed in the contexts of Lifestyle, Leisure, Home and Environment and Work and Education. Pupils benefit from being able to use computers at home to access interactive grammar tasks as well as Foundation and Extension Level activities to further develop their Listening and Reading skills. We also cover a wide range of exam techniques and assist pupils with revision.
Educational visits and extra curricular activity
Lunch time extension sessions usually run in all three languages. Help sessions for those who may need further support. Trips abroad to France, Germany and Spain including the possibility of undertaking work experience abroad. Plenty of in-house competitions, promotional events, opportunities to assist lower down the school and run/attend language clubs subject to demand
Rooms and resources
We use a variety of different resources in all three languages which enable us to vary our approach according to the needs of the pupils. There are interactive whiteboards in all of the teaching rooms and we have a number of different software programmes and apps to provide variety in our teaching. Additionally the school VLE has a wide range of interactive activities, games, links and support to enhance our pupils’ language learning experience.