Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages

French

Year 7

Students have two lessons a week and are taught in mixed ability groups. Key topic areas in Year 7 include: Introducing oneself, family, home, hobbies, food, school, and classroom objects and Language. As well as working upon grammar acquisition, students are encouraged to use communicative skills. Lessons include both productive work and regular practice through listening and reading exercises.

Year 8

During the course in year 8 students further develop their language skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing through the study of the following topics: home town, clothes and fashion, shopping, making arrangements to meet, describing a past weekend, at the café, food and drink. As well as topic specific vocabulary, grammar covered includes an introduction to the past and the future tenses, as well as further work on the present tense including key irregular verbs – vouloir, pouvoir, devoir. Other aspects of grammar include use of adjectives, negatives and forming questions.

Year 9

In Year 9 topic areas for French include: Holidays, TV and cinema, future plans, fitness and healthy lifestyle, as well as working on topic specific vocabulary and practising communicative skills, grammar covered includes further work on the present, past and future tenses across all contexts studied.

Years 10 & 11

During this  AQA GCSE course students will develop skills in the four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing through three themes:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

Emphasis is placed on the development of all four skill areas and students will also have the opportunity to use ICT to develop their language skills.

There will be home learning booklets to complete in preparation for the speaking examination and weekly vocabulary tests.

The examination is as follows:

25% Listening examination – understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

25% Speaking examination –carried out in school with the student’s class teacher

25% Reading examination- understanding and responding to different types of written language

25% Writing examination – this will include writing from memory and translation tasks


Spanish

Year 9

During the course in Year 9, students will continue to enhance their language skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing in preparation for GCSE studies. We cover the topic areas of Media, School and future plans, healthy lifestyle, as well as learning more about the Hispanic World. We continue to embed translation and communicative skills, plus we consolidate the essential grammatical points throughout the course such as further practice of  opinions, the present, past and future tenses.

Years 10 & 11

During this AQA GCSE course students will develop skills in the four areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing through three themes:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

Emphasis is placed on the development of all four skill areas and students will also have the opportunity to use ICT to develop their language skills and broaden their cultural awareness of the Spanish speaking world.

There will be home learning booklets to complete in preparation for the speaking examination, weekly vocabulary tests and a range of home learning tasks which will enhance and further develop grammatical, written and comprehension skills

The examination is as follows:

25% Listening examination – understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

25% Speaking examination –carried out in school with the student’s class teacher

25% Reading examination- understanding and responding to different types of written language

25% Writing examination – this will include writing from memory and translation tasks