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Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages:

‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.  If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.’ – Nelson Mandela

Introduction

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. It fosters students’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. It provides opportunities for students to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the language.

All students learning a foreign language will be taught how to:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied

Here’s what some of our students have said about learning languages:

‘A language gives you confidence in dealing with other people’.  Mia Cromack, Year 8

We need to understand other people, not just expect them to understand us’. Ella Roberts, Year 8

 ‘Languages are an inspiration and it’s very interesting to learn about countries other than your own’.  Melissa Ringland, Year 10

KS3 French

What will I study?

In Year 7, all students study French for 2 hours per week and follow the Studio 1 course book.  In Year 8, students continue studying French for one hour per week, following the Studio 2 course book.  Students in 8A will follow a more challenging Higher Tier course book, Studio 2 Rouge and those in 8B will follow the Foundation Tier course book, Studio 2 Vert.  Both books cover the same topics and lay a firm foundation on which to progress to GCSE.  Students will study the following topics, with an emphasis on grammar and spontaneous speech and writing, to prepare them for GCSE:

Year 7

Theme 1 – C’est perso!

  • Introducing myself
  • Phonics and the French alphabet
  • Talking about likes and dislikes
  • Describing myself and others
  • The Present Tense

Theme 2 – Mon collège

  • School subjects, opinions and reasons
  • Describing a school timetable
  • Telling the time
  • Describing a school day
  • Comparing education in England to France
  • The Present Tense

Theme 3 – Le Tourisme

  • Places in a town
  • What you can do in your town
  • Modal verbs
  • Talking about holidays in the Present Tense
  • The Near Future Tense
  • Talking about holiday plans
  • Saying what you would like to do

 

Year 8 (additional topics and grammar for Higher Tier in italics)

Theme 1 – T’es branché(e)?

  • Talking about TV programmes, films and reading
  • Expressing opinions and giving reasons
  • Talking about the internet
  • The weather and activities in different weather conditions
  • The Present Tense
  • Talking about what you did yesterday evening
  • The Perfect Tense

Theme 2 – Paris, je t’adore!

  • Saying what you can do in Paris
  • Modal verbs
  • Saying what you like doing
  • Tourist information
  • Saying what you visited and what is was like
  • The Perfect Tense
  • Understanding information about a tourist attraction
  • Saying where you went and how

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed both during and at the end of each theme and will do a total of 6 assessments, one per half-term, in each year.   During the year, you will be assessed in listening, speaking, reading and writing and also in translation from English to French and French to English.

How can I stretch my learning?

Students who do well in languages are prepared to do that little bit extra.  Learning and practising key vocabulary independently will help you to retain a wider range of vocabulary and let’s face it, the more words you know the more you will understand!  Additionally, listening to authentic French texts such as the news or radio will help improve listening skills.  Reading authentic French materials will also help you understand the language better and broaden your vocabulary, just as it does in English.  Finally, try to speak French in class, with friends, at home as often as possible.  This will increase your confidence and improve your pronunciation.

 

Useful links

www.linguascope.com

username = Shuttleworth2

password = yellowfish

  • Student Area
  • Beginner
  • French Flag

www.activelearn.com – students have login details to access homework activities

 

GCSE French

Year 9

In Year 9 we begin the new GCSE course.  This is a linear course with a final examination in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Each skill is worth 25%.  Grammar is developed through a variety of topics and cultural themes.  We will follow the Studio AQA GCSE French textbook, which is differentiated into Foundation (Vert) and Higher (Rouge) Tiers.

Students will follow the AQA GCSE French Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658/introduction

Theme 1 – Identity and culture:

  • Module 1 – Who am I?
  • Module 2 – Leisure and hobbies
  • Module 3 – A normal day/festivals

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed each half term in listening and reading and will have a listening, speaking, reading and writing exam in year 9.

How can I stretch my learning?

Students who do well in languages are prepared to do that little bit extra.  Learning and practising key vocabulary independently will help you to retain a wider range of vocabulary and let’s face it, the more words you know the more you will understand!  Additionally, listening to authentic French texts such as the news or radio will help improve listening skills.  Reading authentic French materials will also help you understand the language better and broaden your vocabulary, just as it does in English.  Finally, try to speak French in class, with friends, at home as often as possible.  This will increase your confidence and improve your pronunciation.

 

Useful links

www.linguascope.com

username = Shuttleworth2

password = yellowfish

  • Student Area
  • Beginner/Intermediate
  • French Flag

www.activelearn.com – students have login details to access homework activities

Year 10

Students in Year 10 are following the new GCSE course.  This is a linear course with a final examination in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Each skill is worth 25%.  Grammar is developed through a variety of topics and cultural themes.  We will follow the Studio AQA GCSE French textbook, which is differentiated into Foundation (Vert) and Higher (Rouge) Tiers.

Students will follow the AQA GCSE French Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658/introduction

Theme 2 – Local, national, international and global areas of interest

  • Module 4 – Town and countryside
  • Module 5 – Holidays

Theme 3 – Current and Future Study and employment

  • Module 6 – School

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed each half term in listening and reading and will have a listening, speaking, reading and writing exam in year 10.

How can I stretch my learning?

Students who do well in languages are prepared to do that little bit extra.  Learning and practising key vocabulary independently will help you to retain a wider range of vocabulary and let’s face it, the more words you know the more you will understand!  Additionally, listening to authentic French texts such as the news or radio will help improve listening skills.  Reading authentic French materials will also help you understand the language better and broaden your vocabulary, just as it does in English.  Finally, try to speak French in class, with friends, at home as often as possible.  This will increase your confidence and improve your pronunciation.

 

Year 11

Students studying French in Year 11 are the last cohort of students to follow a modular GCSE course, with 4 controlled assessments; 2 each in speaking and writing accounting for 60% of the final GCSE grade.  Grammar is developed through a variety of topics and cultural themes.  We will follow the Edexcel GCSE French textbook, which is differentiated into Foundation (Vert) and Higher (Rouge) Tiers.

Topics covered:

In Year 11 students are encouraged to consolidate their skills and knowledge in a range of different topics from the Edexcel GCSE French Specification.  Application of exam techniques including reading and listening skills and grammar are developed.  Final controlled assessments are undertaken, as necessary.

  • Healthy lifestyles – controlled writing/speaking assessment
  • Festivals and special occasions
  • Shopping
  • Fashion
  • Part-time jobs
  • Pocket money
  • Work experience
  • Tourism – past and future holidays
  • New technologies
  • Environment
  • Tourism
  • Examination practice and technique

How will I be assessed?

You will complete 4 controlled assessments which are worth 15% each; 2 each in speaking and writing accounting for 60% of the final GCSE grade.  You will also be examined in listening and reading at the end of the course, which makes up the final 40% of the marks.

How can I stretch my learning?

Students who do well in languages are prepared to do that little bit extra.  Learning and practising key vocabulary independently will help you to retain a wider range of vocabulary and let’s face it, the more words you know the more you will understand!  Additionally, listening to authentic French texts such as the news or radio will help improve listening skills.  Reading authentic French materials will also help you understand the language better and broaden your vocabulary, just as it does in English.  Finally, try to speak French in class, with friends, at home as often as possible.  This will increase your confidence and improve your pronunciation.

 

Useful links

www.linguascope.com

username = Shuttleworth2

password = yellowfish

  • Student Area
  • Intermediate
  • French Flag

www.activelearn.com – students have login details to access homework activities

AQA GCSE French specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-4655

KS3 Spanish

Year 8

What will I study?

In addition to learning French, students in Year 8 will also study Spanish for 2 hours per week.  They will follow the Viva 1 Course book and will study the following topics, with an emphasis on grammar and spontaneous speech and writing, to prepare them for GCSE:

Theme 1 – My Life

  • Spanish alphabet and phonics
  • Introducing myself
  • Personality
  • Family
  • Dates and birthdays
  • Pets
  • Extended writing
  • The Present Tense

Theme 2 – My Free Time

  • Free time activities
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Christmas in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries
  • Weather
  • Sports

Theme 3 – My School

  • School subjects
  • Opinions
  • Facilities in my school
  • Break-time activities
  • School timetable
  • School routine

Theme 4 – My Town

  • What there is in my town
  • What you can do
  • At the café
  • What I am going to do
  • The near future tense
  • Opinions on my town
  • Verbs followed by an infinitive
  • Using two tenses together

How will I be assessed?

You may be assessed during or at the end of each theme and will do a total of 6 assessments, one per half-term, in each year.  You will be assessed in listening, speaking, reading and writing and also in translation from English to Spanish and Spanish to English.

How can I stretch my learning?

Students who do well in languages are prepared to do that little bit extra.  Learning and practising key vocabulary independently will help you to retain a wider range of vocabulary and let’s face it, the more words you know the more you will understand!  Additionally, listening to authentic Spanish texts such as the news or radio will help improve listening skills.  Reading authentic Spanish materials will also help you understand the language better and broaden your vocabulary, just as it does in English.  Finally, try to speak Spanish in class, with friends, at home as often as possible.  This will increase your confidence and improve your pronunciation.

 

Useful links

www.linguascope.com

username = Shuttleworth2

password = yellowfish

  • Student Area
  • Beginners
  • Spanish Flag

www.activelearn.com – students have login details to access homework activities

GCSE Spanish

What will I study?

Year 10

Students in Year 10 are following the new GCSE course.  This is a linear exam with a final examination in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Each skill is worth 25%.  Grammar is developed through a variety of topics and cultural themes.  We will follow the Studio AQA GCSE Spanish textbook, which is differentiated into Foundation (Verde) and Higher (Rojo) Tiers.

Students will follow the AQA GCSE Spanish Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish-8698/introduction

Topics covered:

Theme 2 – Local, national, international and global areas of interest

  • Module 1 – Holidays – weather, disastrous holidays, booking accommodation

Theme 3 – Current and future study and employment

  • Module 2 – My life at school

Theme 1 – Identity and culture

  • Module 3 – Family
  • Module 4 – Interest and role-models

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed each half term in listening and reading and will have a listening, speaking, reading and writing exam in year 10.

How can I stretch my learning?

Students who do well in languages are prepared to do that little bit extra.  Learning and practising key vocabulary independently will help you to retain a wider range of vocabulary and let’s face it, the more words you know the more you will understand!  Additionally, listening to authentic Spanish texts such as the news or radio will help improve listening skills.  Reading authentic Spanish materials will also help you understand the language better and broaden your vocabulary, just as it does in English.  Finally, try to speak Spanish in class, with friends, at home as often as possible.  This will increase your confidence and improve your pronunciation.

 

Useful links

www.linguascope.com

username = Shuttleworth2

password = yellowfish

  • Student Area
  • Intermediate
  • Spanish Flag

www.activelearn.com – students have login details to access homework activities

AQA GCSE Spanish Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish-4695

Year 11

Students studying Spanish in Year 11 are the last cohort of students to follow a Modular GCSE course, with 4 controlled assessments; 2 each in speaking and writing accounting for 60% of the final GCSE grade.  They will also be examined in listening and reading at the end of the course, which makes up the final 40% of the marks.  Grammar is developed through a variety of topics and cultural themes.

They are following the AQA GCSE Spanish specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish-4695

How will I be assessed?

You will complete 4 controlled assessments which are worth 15% each; 2 each in speaking and writing accounting for 60% of the final GCSE grade.  You will also be examined in listening and reading at the end of the course, which makes up the final 40% of the marks.

How can I stretch my learning?

Students who do well in languages are prepared to do that little bit extra.  Learning and practising key vocabulary independently will help you to retain a wider range of vocabulary and let’s face it, the more words you know the more you will understand!  Additionally, listening to authentic Spanish texts such as the news or radio will help improve listening skills.  Reading authentic Spanish materials will also help you understand the language better and broaden your vocabulary, just as it does in English.  Finally, try to speak Spanish in class, with friends, at home as often as possible.  This will increase your confidence and improve your pronunciation.

 

Useful links

www.linguascope.com

username = Shuttleworth2

password = yellowfish

  • Student Area
  • Intermediate
  • Spanish Flag

www.activelearn.com – students have login details to access homework activities

 Key contact name, role & email

Ms Elizabeth Dempsey

Acting Curriculum Leader – MFL

edempsey@shuttleworth.lancs.sch.uk

01282 682300

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