Modern Foreign Languages

Head of Faculty

Ms Janet Davies

Introduction

The Modern Foreign Languages Department strives to develop an atmosphere where all languages are celebrated and cultural awareness is promoted. The teaching staff speak many languages between them and have a wealth of international experience which is passed on to our learners to ensure they see language as beneficial to their life chances.

Key Stage 3

Students in Year 7 study either French or German over four periods per fortnight and are taught in mixed ability form groups. The language studied is dependent on the form group and we aim for a 50:50 split between the two languages. Parents with a strong preference for their son/daughter to study a particular language may request that preference in writing before the start of Year 7, but unfortunately we cannot guarantee those wishes being confirmed as there is limited availability for the accommodation of such preference.

In Year 8 and Year 9 students are set according to ability, with the top two sets picking up the second language not started in Year 7 as beginners.

Key Stage 4

Students opting to take a Modern Foreign Language in Key Stage 4 have the choice of French and German, students must have previous knowledge of French and German to be able to study those courses. The Faculty follows the AQA exam board specification, for both http://www.aqa.org.uk/qualifications languages. and students are required to complete final examinations at the end of Year 11 in the four skill areas of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing and Speaking, with each examination being equally weighted at 25% for both Foundation and Higher tier. Both languages are taught for five periods over two weeks and each class has a dedicated computer room lesson where students work mainly on the Pearson website which is linked to the AQA textbook used in lessons.The website can be accessed at home as well as in school.

Key Stage 5

In Key Stage 5 students may study either French or German and once again the specification followed is that of the AQA exam board. Students are required to have a minimum of a Grade B at GCSE in order to be able to begin the courses. Lessons focus again on the four skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing, with students being given a dedicated timetabled session to practice and enhance their speaking skills.