Modern Foreign Languages
Who we are:
Carly Bracher: Head of Modern Foreign Languages
Mrs Janet Loco
Miss Gemma Coker
Learning a language makes your mind stronger and more flexible
Did you know…….?
– Speaking a second language increases your salary by between 8% and 20%
– There are over 300 international businesses in the East of England
– 90% of people in the world do not speak English as their first language
– French is spoken in over 40 countries and on all 5 continents
– Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world today
– German is the second most used language on the internet and is the most important language for scientists after English
– A foreign language at GCSE is now compulsory for all degree courses at the University of London, and other top universities are considering doing the same.
Learning a modern foreign language is essential in primary schools so anyone considering primary teaching as future career would be well advised to consider taking a language themselves at GCSE.
Study in the classroom is only part of learning a language of course, and you will also have the opportunity to practise your skills for real by joining in one of the many trips abroad which the Languages Department runs every year.
Within the trust, KES has been awarded ‘Confucius Classroom’ status – this means that they have been selected as one of about 100 schools in the whole country to be a centre for teaching Mandarin Chinese. As you will have seen recently in the press, Mandarin looks set to become a vital international language in the next few years and this – along with our strong school links with China – makes it an ideal time to start your study of the language, and links within departments make this a real opportunity for you.
Key Stage 3
Most pupils study two languages (from French, German and Spanish) and are taught in their English groups for 2 x 50 minute lessons of each language per week. In French, we use the textbook Studio 1 (ISBN 978-0435026967 ). For Spanish we use Mira 1 Express (ISBN 978-0435387662) and for German we use Stimmt 1 (ISBN: 978-1-4479-3521-1). A small group of students study just French for 4 x 50 minute lessons per week.
In Year 8, top sets study two lessons of French and two lessons of Spanish per week, while the lower ability sets have four lessons of French per week to encourage further mastery of the language. In French, we use the textbook Studio 2 (ISBN 9780435026974) and, in Spanish, we use Mira 1 Express (ISBN 978-0435387662) and Mira 2 Express (ISBN 978-0435391614).
Curriculum Overview for 2017/18
Key Stage 4
As well as being a qualification which is highly regarded by employers, GCSE language courses at King’s Lynn Academy teach you the skills you will need for practical communication in a range of everyday situations, whether you are on holiday and want to order a meal or you need to book a hotel room for a business trip. You will build on what you know already and improve your listening, reading, writing and speaking still further.
In exceptional circumstances you may opt for a language which you have not studied in Year 8, but you must check with the Languages Department first.
French and Spanish GCSE
All pupils who study a language at KS4 have three lessons per week. We currently teach Edexcel GCSE French (specification 1FR0) and Edexcel GCSE Spanish (specification 1SP0). The textbooks we use are Studio Edexcel 9-1 GCSE French (ISBN 978- 1292117836 ) and Viva Edexcel 9-1 GCSE Spanish (ISBN-9781292118987).
Additional language learning opportunities are provided as after school classes in German which can also lead to formal GCSE qualifications.
Pupils who do not have English as their home language are, where qualifications are available, entered for GCSEs in their mother tongue during KS4. Recently we have offered Dutch, Mandarin Chinese, Turkish, Polish, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese and Greek.
How will it be assessed?
Just like at Key Stage 3, you will be assessed in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Each skill has an equal weighting of 25%. The GCSE course is made up of a series of modules of work, and at the end of each one you will be assessed on one or more of the 4 skills.
At the end of Year 11 you will sit four separate exams for reading, writing, speaking and listening. There will be two tiers of entry – Higher (9-5) and Foundation (5-1) and you must be entered for the same tier for every paper. The speaking exam involves a short role play, a discussion of a photograph and a general conversation. The reading and listening exams require you to respond to short written and spoken texts. The reading paper also includes a translation into English. The writing exams comprises 3 questions requiring you to write a response to a stimulus in the target language and a translation into the target language.
Having a second language is highly regarded by employers locally, nationally and internationally. There are obvious opportunities to work in translation, interpreting and teaching, but French, Spanish and German can be used in almost any career you care to mention – business, media, law, IT, tourism, manufacturing, engineering – the possibilities are endless.
Having a GCSE language qualification is valuable in itself, but the course also enables you to go on to study the language at ‘AS’ and ‘A2’. Many of our students have gone on to study languages at sixth form and later at university, combining them with another subject or even taking up a new language from scratch
Extra Curricular Activities
Our department offers many trips to everyone, in the past few years these have included:
– Day trip to Lille Christmas market in Northern France or Aachen in Germany
– Adventure trip to Ardeche (South of France) during the activity week
– Cultural and language based trips to Barcelona and Madrid
– Visit to the Rhineland of Germany
– Trip to China