MFL: French, German, Spanish
In Year 7, students will study two languages, either French and Spanish, or French and German. In this first year we provide students with the basic foundations for their language studies and aim to capture and strengthen their interest in foreign languages. Topics covered include basic greetings and introductions, family, pets and house and home.
In Year 8 we encourage students to build on the vocabulary and basic grammar concepts introduced in Year 7 and in particular promote increased use of the target language in lessons. We ensure that students are able to communicate effectively and accurately and begin to introduce a range of tenses. Reading and listening comprehension skills are also developed throughout each topic. Topics covered include school, free time, local area and weather.
In Year 9 students focus on one of the two languages that they studied in Years 7 and 8. This means we have more lesson time to build on the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills covered in Year 8 and continue to build on their grammatical knowledge. Students have the opportunity to learn a variety of more complex structures and are encouraged to use the language independently in both spoken and written form. Assessments in listening, reading, speaking and writing are designed to prepare students for the GCSE. Topics covered include social media, sport and fitness, jobs and careers, holidays, shopping, daily routine and healthy living.
GCSE French / German / Spanish
A-Level French / German / Spanish
Examination Board AQA
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 and ways of life; travel; journalism; international affairs
What will I learn on this A-level course?
You will learn to communicate at a higher level but you will also learn much more about a wide range of aspects of society. The topics studied include:
- current trends; the changing nature of the family; the ‘cyber-society’; the place of voluntary work
- current issues; positive features of a diverse society; life for the marginalised; how criminals are treated.
- artistic culture including music and cinema
- aspects of political life; teenagers and the right to vote; demonstrations and strikes; politics and immigration
- literary texts and film
- individual research project
As with GCSE you will be expected to demonstrate your linguistic ability in all four skills areas:
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 to/from English and the target language.
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 so that you can present information, organise your arguments, provide opinions and analyse your ideas.
Careers and Progression
Having a language at A-level will certainly improve your employability, in particular with companies which have international branches. There is also the opportunity to work or study in the country of your target language. There are career opportunities in journalism, law, banking and finance, teaching, translating, interpreting and leisure.
Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (or equivalent), including Grade 4 or above in English and maths
Strongly recommended: Grade 5 in English
Recommended: Grade 5 in the language being studied at A-level
We have taken language students 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 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 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 as well as delivering Christmas-themed activities to Year 7 pupils.