Modern Foreign Languages
Modern Foreign Languages
The study of Modern Foreign Languages promotes pupil competence and confidence by allowing the student to practise and apply a variety of skills, independently, in pairs, in groups and in whole class situations. Language teaching and learning is concerned with the acquisition of creative and literary skills through classroom interaction, study skills through research, planning, drafting and refining, and vocational skills through the development of competence in problem solving. By developing students’ awareness of language patterns and strategies students are able to communicate effectively in the target language and will also foster a sympathetic awareness of similarities and differences between different cultures.
Departmental Achievements 2016/2017
100% of French A2 students achieved grade A
67% of Spanish A2 students achieved grades A/B
100% of French AS students achieved grade A
100% of Spanish AS students achieved A/B
72% of French GCSE students achieved grades A*-C
84% of Spanish GCSE students achieved grades A*-C.
Every year a significant number of our A-Level students choose to continue their study of a foreign language at University.
Students study French throughout Year 7 & 8 and dual linguists study both French and Spanish in Year 9. All students who are able to secure a good grade in either French or Spanish are strongly advised to take a foreign language at GCSE. Parents understand the value of this qualification and the advantage it gives students in later life, as well as its intrinsic value as a subject at GCSE. Students who do not opt for a foreign language will be required to take an additional GCSE in another subject.
Students can further their foreign language studies at A-Level and a Polish GCSE and A-Level is also available to native speakers.
There is a fortnightly after school film club for students who are studying French at A-Level. There are regular conversation classes after school for students who are studying French and/or Spanish GCSE. We subscribe to two online resources which provide support to our languages students from Year 7 – Year 13 in both French and Spanish. www.zut.org.uk and www.kerboodle can be accessed by students wherever they have access to the internet as independent study or homework when appropriate.
The modern languages resources pages on firefly also have grammatical support and revision exercises.
Our sixth form students have also contributed to the Mock United Nations General Assembly (MUNGA) in Grenoble.
“Learning Modern Languages has given me the skills that are not only applicable in a classroom situation and I use them every day. It’s more than just a lesson – it’s a way of life.”
Course and exam body:
Miss Forster Curriculum Leader of MFL
Mrs Letissier Teacher of French and Head of Year
Mrs Orain Teacher of Spanish and French & Assistant Head of 6th Form
Mrs Peate Part time Teacher of A-Level French
Mrs Bosch Spanish Language Assistant and Teacher of A-Level Spanish