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  • Key Stage 3

    Year 7: In Year 7 students study one term of French, one term of Spanish and one term of German. The aim of the carousel is to provide students with a ‘taste’ of each language offered at Taverham High School through to KS5. In this first year we provide students with the basic foundations for their German studies. Topics covered include basic greetings and introductions, family, pets and house and home.

    Year 8 French: In Year 8 we encourage students to build on the vocabulary and basic grammar concepts introduced in Year 7.  We ensure that students are able to communicate effectively and accurately and begin to introduce a range of tenses.  Topics studied include modern technology, talking about ambitions and talents, local area, fashion and food and drink. 

    Year 9 French: In Year 9, we build on the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills covered in Year 8 and continue to build on their grammatical knowledge.  Topics covered include social media, sport and fitness, jobs and careers and holidays. 

  • Key Stage 4
    Modern Foreign Languages – French, German and Spanish
    Why study Languages?
    It has recently been estimated that 75% of the world’s population do not speak English; therefore it is important for businesses to employ staff who can speak more than one language. You will be more employable and your salary can go up around 20% if you demonstrate that you have enhanced communication skills. This also makes it much easier to work abroad and also communicate with local people whilst on holiday. During Years 10 and 11, you can also find out lots about the countries and cultures where foreign languages are spoken.
     
    What areas would you study?
    The whole course is designed to improve the four key areas of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Whilst developing these skills, you will study a wide range of topics, including family, technology, free-time activities, where you live, health, the environment, education and future plans. Within these topic areas, you will learn how to express and give reasons for your opinions. You will also learn how to talk and write about past events, current situations and future plans.
     
    How do you learn?
    Languages at KS4 build on what you have learnt already in Years 7, 8 and 9. Classes are fun and interactive and you cover things at a quicker pace which leads to rapid improvements in your ability. You will make spoken and written presentations using a range of multimedia resources, as well as learning through other methods, such as interactive online activities. You will also analyse real-life material in the foreign language you are studying.
     
    How are you assessed?
    You will have a listening, reading, writing and a speaking exam at the end of Year 11. There are two tiers, foundation and higher and each exam is 25% of your overall GCSE grade.
     
    Where will this take me Post-16?
    Languages at GCSE not only allow, but also prepare, students to follow ‘A’-level courses at Post-16. Languages can be studied at university to degree level, either on their own or alongside nearly any other subject, allowing you to specialise exactly where your personal interests lie. As well as the more traditional jobs which require you to speak a foreign language, such as interpreting, translating or teaching, there are many other jobs which require people to speak more than one language, such as secretaries working for international businesses or salespeople.
  • Sixth Form

    French A level

    • More than 200 million people speak French on the five continents.
    • French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the ninth most widely spoken language in the world.
    • An ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market. Knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world.  As the world’s fifth biggest economy and number-three destination for foreign investment, France is a key economic partner.
    • French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture.

    For what kind of student is this course suitable?

    This course would appeal to those interested in:

    • Language and communication
    • Business
    • Literature
    • Media
    • Other cultures & ways of life
    • Travel
    • Journalism
    • International affairs

    What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

    You need to have achieved at least the equivalent of GCSE B grade in French.

    What will I learn on this A level course?

    You will learn to communicate at a higher level in French but you will also learn much more about a wide range of aspects of French society.

    The topics studied include:

    • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
      The changing nature of the family, The ‘cyber-society’, The place of voluntary work
    • Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues
      Positive features of a diverse society, life for the marginalised, how criminals are treated.
    • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world 
    • A culture proud of it’s heritage, contemporary francophone music, Cinema
    • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
      Teenagers and the right to vote, demonstrations and strikes, politics and immigration.
    • Literary texts/film
    • Individual research project

    As with GCSE you will be expected to demonstrate your linguistic ability in all 4 skills areas.

    Reading

    You will need to understand and extract information from written passages in the target language that are taken from authentic sources, such as magazines and newspapers, online articles, reports or books.  You will also be expected to translate into both English and French. 

    Listening

    You will need to be able to listen to and understand contemporary spoken language and answer questions on what you have heard. The passages that you will learn to listen to will be taken from a range of sources such as news reports on the radio or TV.

    Speaking and Writing

    You will need to be able to structure and write essays or extended texts and hold conversations and discussions in French so that you can:

    ·      present information

    ·      organise your arguments

    ·      provide opinions

    ·      analyse your ideas

    What could I go on to do at the end of my course?

    Having a language at AS or A level will certainly improve your employability, in particular with companies which have international branches. Of course, there is also the opportunity to work or study in France or a Francophone country.

  • Assessment
  • Enrichment

    This year, we took some Year 7s, 8s and 10s to Paris for three days.  Activities included going to the top of the Montparnasse tower to see the beautiful views of Paris and a trip on the river Seine on a bateau-mouche.  A highlight for the students though, was a day in Disneyland and they even stayed in the evening for the fantastic light and firework show. 

    The Language Leader scheme is a fantastic way for pupils who study GCSE MFL to obtain more experience in using their languages.  Students who take part in the scheme are able to develop their leadership skills in many different ways and often organise and lead language-based activities for other students to take part in.  Examples of recent activities include visiting local primary schools and setting up a French café and delivering Christmas-themed activities to Year 7 pupils.