Modern Foreign Languages


Purpose

Why should you learn a foreign language? Well - 60% of British employers look for candidates who can speak a foreign language as well as English.

Whether working on the shop floor dealing with foreign customers, in the port with travellers from Europe, in the transport industry with goods and people from abroad, in the tourist industry travelling or needing to check facilities overseas for your clients, in the building industry sourcing materials or seeking contracts from around the world, in the legal system or in banking, the likelihood is that someone who can make themselves understood and can understand a second language will be more useful than someone who can only speak English.

Sometimes it is the skills involved in learning the language that matter rather than the language itself. We teach French because it is the one with the most links to this part of England and is the nearest to us geographically so we can visit it fairly easily, and Spanish because many of our families holiday in Spain. Your child will probably not have a choice in Year 7 which language he/she learns but will be given the opportunity to choose whether to switch to the other language or continue with the one they started with. Whichever language is being studied he/she is still learning to listen carefully, develop the confidence to have a go even if not correct, communicate with others, notice patterns, understand consequences, value the need for accuracy, and appreciate cultural differences. Learning a foreign language also reinforces basic literacy skills in English. These are all skills which employers actively look for.

Learning a foreign language gives you keys to new opportunities.

Aims

Foreign languages and culture - to be accessible to all pupils at an appropriate level.

  • Enable opportunities for all pupils at home and abroad.
  • Encourage positive attitudes to learning foreign languages.
  • Develop the ability to use language effectively for communication.
  • Offer insights into the culture and civilisation of other countries combating xenophobia and broadening horizons.
  • Develop pupils’ understanding of themselves, their own language and culture.
  • Promote learning skills useful in other areas – analysis, logic, memory.
  • Support literacy objectives in English.
  • Develop pupils who:
    • become more confident, showing a greater willingness to persevere.
    • work independently towards a self-determined goal.
    • are excited by the opportunity of continuing with a foreign language (French +/or Spanish) into KS4 for a recognised, accredited qualification and who strive to achieve higher results.

Areas of Study

  • Year 7 - National Curriculum - French

    Main topics students study:

    • Introductions and basic personal information and classroom phrases.
    • Identity – nationality, family, pets, descriptions.
    • School – subjects, opinions, telling the time, timetable, school day, uniform.
    • Sport and leisure – likes/dislikes, frequency, weather.
    • Where you live – house, town, directions.
    • Trip – preparation and follow-up.

    Main skills students develop:

    • Communicating in simple French i.e.
    • Listening and speaking.
    • Reading and writing.
    • Intercultural understanding.
    • Knowledge about language.
    • Language learning strategies.
    • E.g. Appropriate use of dictionaries and other resources.
    • Phoneme/grapheme links.
    • Presenting information.
  • Year 8 - National Curriculum - French

    Main topics students study:

    • Consolidation of basics.
    • World War 1 (joint project with History).
    • French for business.
    • Life in other French-speaking countries.
    • Healthy lifestyle – food, fitness etc.
    • I’m a celebrity – pupil choice.

    Main skills students develop:

    • Listening and speaking.
    • Reading and writing.
    • Intercultural Understanding.
    • Knowledge about language.
    • Language learning strategies.
    • e.g. Appropriate use of dictionaries and other resources.
    • + general study skills :
      • Perseverance
      • Team working
      • Presentation
      • Creativity
      • Evaluating and editing
  • Year 9-10 - GCSE - French/Spanish

    Main topics students study:

    Personal and social life
    • Self
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Home life
    • Shopping
    • Meals
    • Healthy living
    • Illness and accident
    • Free time
    • Fashion
    • Relationships
    • Future plans

    Local community
    • Home town
    • School
    • Education
    • Local environment
    • Pollution
    • Recycling
    • Local facilities
    • Comparisons with other towns and regions
    • Weather and seasons

    The world of work
    • Work experience, part-time jobs
    • Future careers
    • Technology (sending messages, accessing information)

    The wider world
    • Travel and holidays
    • Media
    • Social issues (e.g. life of young people today, homelessness, crime, drugs, healthy living, religion, politics)
    • Life in the countries and communities where the language is spoken

    Main skills students develop:

    • Listening and Speaking
    • Reading and Writing
    • Knowledge about language
    • Language learning strategies
    • Presentations
    • Exam technique
  • Year 9-11 - NVQ - French/Spanish

    Main topics students study:

    • French in the world of work
      • Personal ID
      • Making reservations for travel
      • Accommodation and leisure
      • Applying for a job
      • Adverts
      • CV and interview

    Main skills students develop:

    • Understanding, speaking, reading and writing French
    • Knowledge about language
    • Organisation skills
    • Self-evaluation
  • Year 11 - NVQ - Spanish

    Main topics students study:

    • French in the world of work
      • Personal ID
      • Making reservations for travel
      • Accommodation and leisure
      • Applying for a job
      • Adverts
      • CV and interview

    Main skills students develop:

    • Understanding, speaking, reading and writing French
    • Knowledge about language
    • Organisation skills
    • Self-evaluation