Modern Foreign Languages
Aims and PhilosophyGiven the wider opportunities of living, working and travelling abroad, the importance and relevance of foreign language learning has an important place in education today. It provides both the basis for preparing students to benefit from more opportunities and at the same time a stimulating intellectual experience and challenge which is in itself worthwhile.
To these ends the aims of the department are:
- To enable students of all abilities to understand and use the target language effectively for practical communication i.e. listening, reading, speaking and writing.
- To provide positive, successful and enjoyable learning experiences.
- To provide a foundation for further study
- To develop an ability in the students to analyse the languages studied and, from that, to develop a greater awareness of their own language.
- To promote learning skills of a more general application e.g. memorising, drawing of inferences, analysis etc.
- To encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages, and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations, and to counter prejudice.
- To equip students with sufficient competence to interact with native speakers in this country and to travel abroad.
- To be aware and understand the differences of other cultural groups.
- To encourage and stretch pupils of all abilities to fulfil their potential for language learning by using multi-media materials. These should be differentiated to cater for the whole ability range. Pupils should have the opportunity, when possible, to have access to a variety of information technology.
- To develop in students a pride in their achievements through the encouragement of a methodical and responsible attitude to their work
- To develop in students the ability to plan and organise their work to work independently when necessary.
If you require more further information please contact Mrs Richardson, Head of Languages.
Key Stage 3
All students are given the opportunity to study French
Students have the opportunity to study French, Spanish and German. Students then choose which language they wish to study from the Spring Term onwards and this will also be their main language in Year 9.
Students study their chosen language for 3 periods week.
Key Stage 3 Assessment
Students are given a system of continuous assessment at the end of each topic covered every half term. This is in addition to normal classwork and homework. Assessments may examine particular skills; speaking, listening, reading and writing, which will reflect and form a sound basis for GCSE work in years 10 and 11.
Students from years 8 and 9 (along with year 10), who are studying French or German, are given the opportunity to travel to Germany or France. It is a wonderful way to experience other cultures, see beautiful landscape, meet different people and try the local cuisine. It is an enjoyable and worthwhile cultural and linguistic trip for everyone.
Learning a language in Key Stage 4
In Year 9, students, with parent and teacher guidance, are able to choose which language they wish to study at GCSE as as part of their options process.
We currently use the AQA specification at GCSE and more information can be found on the AQA website.
Why learn a language?
- As is becomes increasingly important for firms to compete on a global scale, employers are placing more and more value on those who can offer an additional language. 36% of employers recruit people with languages and 95% of London employers think that language skills are important for the London economy
- There is the potential to add 8-20% more on your salary
- 94% of the planet doesn't speak English as their main language
- 75% of the planet do not speak English at all!
Go to the website below to read about many celebrities who are learning or can speak another language: