Modern Foreign Languages
Who we are:
Carly Bracher, Head of Modern Foreign Languages
Miss Gemma Coker
Mr Alan Fletcher
Mrs Marlene Flor
Most pupils French and are taught in their English groups for 2 x 60 minute lessons per week. Top sets students also learn German and have one lesson a week of each language. In French, we use the textbook Studio 1 (ISBN 978-0435026967 ) and for German we use Stimmt 1 (ISBN: 978-1-4479-3521-1).
In Year 8, all students study either French or German. They have 2 lessons per week. In French, we use the textbook Studio 2 (ISBN 9780435026974) and in German, we use Stimmt 2 (ISBN 9781447935223).
French, German and Spanish GCSE
All pupils who study a language at KS4 have two lessons per week. We currently teach Edexcel GCSE French (specification 1FR0), Edexcel GCSE German (specification 1GN0) and Edexcel GCSE Spanish (specification 1SP0). The textbooks we use are Studio Edexcel 9-1 GCSE French (ISBN 978- 1292117836 )Stimmt Edexcel 9-1 GCSE German (ISBN 9781292132723) and Viva Edexcel 9-1 GCSE Spanish (ISBN-9781292118987).
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 roleplay, 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
Curriculum Overview for 2018/19
Scheme of Learning Overview French 7_1
Scheme of Learning Overview Languages 7_1
Subject Scheme of Learning Overview French 7_2 Autumn2018
French Scheme of Learning Overview 7_3 Spring 2019
Double languages Scheme of Learning Overview 7_3 Spring 2019
Scheme of Learning Overview French 8_1
Scheme of Learning Overview German 8_1
Subject Scheme of Learning Overview French 8_2Autumn2018
Subject Scheme of Learning Overview German 8_2Autumn2018
French Scheme of Learning Overview 8_3 Spring 2019
German Scheme of Learning Overview 8_3 Spring 2019