Languages

Welcome to the Languages department

 

The MFL department comprises three subject specialists including one native Spanish speaker. We offer both French and Spanish to GCSE. 

Teachers

Madam Balch – Head of Languages 

Senior Shane – Teacher of Spanish

Senior Navarro – Teacher of Spanish 

Phase 2 (Years 7 and 8)

Our Phase 2 Scheme of Learning is based around the very interactive and fun Active Learn programme, which caters for a variety of learning styles to engage all learners.

Students in Year 7 have the opportunity to study one half term of Spanish and one half term of French before making an informed decision about which one to pursue as their language of choice for their continuing MFL studies.

French Topics – Year 7 
  Term 1 Term 2
Autumn Language Carousel – SPANISH: Revision of phonics, Classroom language, Meeting & Greeting (Introductions), numbers 1-31 (Age), months (Birthdays), Family, Pets

 

Language Carousel – FRENCH
Spring Relationships, Family and Friends Countries and Nationalities / Education
Summer Education ctd / Holidays Holidays ctd / Town and Travel

 

French Topics – Year 8
  Term 1 Term 2
Autumn Sports and Hobbies Leisure activities (TV, Reading, Films), Arranging to meet up with someone
Spring Health Healthy Lifestyles
Summer Future Plans (Study and Education) Revision of key topics, project and grammar based tasks

Phase 3 (Years 9, 10 and 11) 

MFL students in Year 9 will begin a three year GCSE course, which is designed to provide them with an interactive learning experience, they will develop their skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, all of which are equally weighted in four examinations at the end of Year 11. Learning cafés are run after school and during half-term breaks, to help all students work towards their learning goals and to prepare for the all-important examinations.

 

AQA GCSE in French 

The course is made up  of 3 main subject areas called themes:

Theme 1 – Identity and culture (relationships, social media, music, cinema food, sport, festivals and customs).

Theme 2 – Local, national, international global areas of interest (home and local area, charity work, healthy living, environment, poverty, holidays/travel and French regions).

Theme 3 – Current and future study and employment (school

subjects, school and college, university, work and career).

During the course students will also acquire translation skills, learn how to deal with authentic texts, learn vocabulary and build on grammatical knowledge.

 

Assessment:                      

Students must complete formal assessments in listening, speaking, reading and writing. These will be conducted at the end of the two year course. Each of these represents 25% of the overall numerical grade. The speaking component, which includes a role-play, a photo card and a general conversation element will be conducted by the teacher and marked by an external examiner

 

French Topics – Year 9
  Term 1 Term 2
Autumn Me, my family and friends Home, town, neighbourhood

and region

Spring My Studies Music, Cinema, TV 
Summer Food and Eating Out Sport / France and Customs

 

French Topics – Year 10

 

  Term 1 Term 2
Autumn Me, my family and friends / Home, town, neighbourhood and region

 

Home, town, neighbourhood

and region (ctd) / My studies / Life at school and college

Spring Free-time activities Social Issues / Customs

and Festivals 

Summer Customs and Festivals

(ctd) / Travel and Tourism

Travel and Tourism (ctd) / Education post 16 / Jobs, career choices and ambitions

 

French Topics – Year 11
  Term 1 Term 2
Autumn Me, my family and friends Home, town, neighbourhood

and region

Spring My Studies   Music, Cinema, TV
Summer Food and Eating Out Sport / France and Customs

 

Support available 
Useful Websites https://languagesonline.org.uk

https://www.wordreference.com/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z9dqxnb

Intervention For Year 11 students – Thursdays in E18 

Foundation 3p.m. – 3.45 p.m. Higher 3.45 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Masterclasses by invitation

 

How parents can support 

 

Reading Provision of reading materials- newspaper articles, magazine articles- discussions around reading material.
Revision Guide Revise AQA GCSE (9-1) French Revision Guide (Pearson)

ISBN-13: 978-129213142

Revise AQA GCSE (9-1) French Revision Workbook (Pearson)

ISBN-13: 978-129213135

Both available to buy from Madame Balch

Exam Practice REVISE AQA GCSE (9-1) French Practice Papers Plus (Revise AQA GCSE MFL 16)

ISBN-13: 978-1292213248

 

Focus weeks – 4 per school year, focussing on the 4 examination skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing

Resources All homework resources are available on Satchel One ( Show my Homework)

 

Career Opportunities

Some modern language graduates work on a self- employed basis as interpreters or translators. However, many others choose careers not directly related to their subject but where there is the opportunity to use their language skills, for example working for companies who trade or offer services internationally or to non-English speaking customers and suppliers.

This means that language graduates work for a huge variety of employers and sectors, including:

  • business services
  • charity work
  • engineering
  • media
  • museums and libraries
  • public administration
  • teaching
  • tourism
  • transport and logistics

The MFL department comprises three subject specialists including one native Spanish speaker. We offer both French and Spanish to GCSE. 

Teachers

Madam Balch – Head of Languages 

Senior Shane – Teacher of Spanish

Senior Navarro – Teacher of Spanish 

Phase 2 (Years 7 and 8)

Our Phase 2 Scheme of Learning is based around the very interactive and fun Active Learn programme, which caters for a variety of learning styles to engage all learners.

Students in Year 7 have the opportunity to study one half term of Spanish and one half term of French before making an informed decision about which one to pursue as their language of choice for their continuing MFL studies.

 

Spanish Topics – Year 7
  Term 1 Term 2
Autumn Sports and Hobbies

 

Leisure activities (TV, Reading, Films), Arranging to meet up with someone

 

Spring Health

 

Healthy Lifestyles
Summer Future Plans (Study and Education) Revision of key topics, project and grammar based tasks

 

 

Spanish Topics – Year 8

 

  Term 1 Term 2
Autumn

Sports and Hobbies

 

Leisure activities (TV, Reading, Films), Arranging to meet up with someone

 

Spring Health Healthy Lifestyles
Summer Future Plans (Study and Education) Revision of key topics, project and grammar based tasks

 

AQA GCSE in Spanish

The course is made up  of 3 main subject areas called themes:

Theme 1 – Identity and culture (relationships, social media, music, cinema food, sport, festivals and customs).

Theme 2 – Local, national, international global areas of interest (home and local area, charity work, healthy living, environment, poverty, holidays/travel and Spanish regions).

Theme 3 – Current and future study and employment (school subjects, school and college, university, work and career).During the course students will also acquire translation skills, learn how to deal with authentic texts, learn vocabulary and build on grammatical knowledge.

Assessment:

Students must complete formal assessments in listening, speaking, reading and writing. These will be conducted at the end of the two year course. Each of these represents 25% of the overall numerical grade. The speaking component, which includes a role-play, a photo card and a general conversation, will be conducted by the teacher and marked by an external examiner.

 

Spanish Topics – Year 9
  Term 1 Term 2
Autumn Me, my family and friends Home, town, neighbourhood and region
Spring My Studies Music, Cinema, TV
Summer Food and Eating Out Sport / France and Customs

 

Spanish Topics – Year 10 
  Term 1 Term 2
Autumn

Me, my family and friends / Home, town, neighbourhood and region

 

Home, town, neighbourhood

and region (ctd) / My studies / Life at school and college

Spring Free-time activities

Social Issues / Customs

and Festivals

 

Summer Customs and Festivals

(ctd) / Travel and Tourism

 

Travel and Tourism (ctd) / Education post 16 / Jobs, career choices and ambitions

 

Spanish Topics – Year 11
  Term 1 Term 2
Autumn Me, my family and friends
(relationships/family and status). Travel and tourism. 
Global issues and the environment. Homelessness and the needy.
Spring Education post 16. Jobs, careers and ambitions.

 

Social issues and charity work. Healthy living and lifestyles.
Summer Exam preparation Exams

 

How parents can support 
Homework Monitoring the completion of weekly homework tasks.  
Reading Provision of reading materials- newspaper articles, magazine articles- discussions around reading material.
Useful websites https://languagesonline.org.uk/Hotpotatoes/index.html

https://www.wordreference.com/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z98jmp3

 

Career Opportunities

Some modern language graduates work on a self- employed basis as interpreters or translators. However, many others choose careers not directly related to their subject but where there is the opportunity to use their language skills, for example working for companies who trade or offer services internationally or to non-English speaking customers and suppliers.

This means that language graduates work for a huge variety of employers and sectors, including:

  • business services
  • charity work
  • engineering
  • media
  • museums and libraries
  • public administration
  • teaching
  • tourism
  • transport and logistics
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