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Modern Foreign Languages

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart." - Nelson Mandela

GCSE Spanish, GCSE German

What does this subject involve?

The Modern Foreign Language course covers various different topic areas which include School, Youth Problems, Environment and Healthy Living. There is a big focus on tenses and developing opinions as well as developing the four main skill areas; Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Why should I choose this subject?

Modern Foreign Languages is a good all round subject. It is a challenging, academic subject which requires high level thinking and analytical skills. It requires resilience and determination to succeed and develops confidence. Modern Foreign Languages is also a requirement to get onto some A Level and university courses.

What skills will I need to succeed in this subject?

You will need to have studied the language you choose in Key Stage 3 and have achieved well. You will need to be prepared to work in a team as well as independently of staff. You will need to be well organised and prepared to do extra work to ensure you are learning outside of the classroom. You will need to be confident in your ability and not worried about making mistakes.

Where could this subject take me in the future?

There are specific jobs that require languages, but language skills can complement any job you decide to do as the skills you develop on the GCSE course can be used in all places of work. In the global market you will be competing for the best jobs and having knowledge of another language will provide a pathway into any career. You never know where you might be asked to work and having a language will give the opportunity to go wherever you want to!

Who can I talk to for more information?

Mrs Otterburn or your MFL member of staff.

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7

What will students learn about in Spanish and German this year?

Introductions, family, descriptions, school, where I live, hobbies and free time activities.

What type of homework will be set?

  • Vocabulary learning each week-Vocabulary is taken from https://www.vocabexpress.com/co/- all languages pupils will have their own individual login to Vocab Express
  • A translation activity one week and a written task every other week (alongside the vocabulary) Eg: Wk1: Vocabulary and translation, Wk2: Vocabulary and written task

*Translation and written tasks will include the vocabulary that has been learnt

How will students be assessed in Spanish and German?

  • Official assessment across all four skill areas each term. 
  • In class assessments at appropriate points of each topic to test important vocabulary and grammatical points.
  • End of year exams in listening, speaking, reading and writing

How parents support their child’s learning at home?

Parents can support their child with vocabulary learning by testing them at home and also checking their spellings. They can also ensure students are using Vocab Express to aid them in their vocab learning. 

http://www.linguascope.com/ can be accessed to help with language learning (They need to see their languages teacher for the username and password).

 

Year 8

What will students learn about in Spanish and German this year?

Free time activities, sport, food and drink, health, local area.

What type of homework will be set?

  • Vocabulary learning each week-Vocabulary is taken from https://www.vocabexpress.com/co/- all languages pupils will have their own individual login to Vocab Express .
  • A translation activity one week and a written task every other week (alongside the vocabulary) Eg: Wk1: Vocabulary and translation, Wk2: Vocabulary and written task

*Translation and written tasks will include the vocabulary that has been learnt

How will students be assessed in Spanish and German?

  • Official assessment across all four skill areas each term.
  • In class assessments at appropriate points of each topic to test important vocabulary and grammatical points.

How can parents support their child’s learning at home?

Parents can support their child with vocabulary learning by testing them at home and also checking their spellings. They can also ensure students are using Vocab Express to aid them in their vocab learning. 

http://www.linguascope.com/ can be accessed to help with language learning (They need to see their languages teacher for the username and password).

 

Key Stage 4

What will my child learn?

Students will develop:

  • an understanding of Spanish in a variety of contexts
  • a knowledge of Spanish vocabulary and structures
  • transferable language learning skills
  • the ability to communicate effectively in Spanish
  • awareness and understanding of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken.

Speaking and Writing Topics:

  • Media and culture
  • Sport and leisure
  • Travel and tourism
  • Business, work and employment

Reading and Listening:

  • Out and about
  • Customer service and transactions
  • Personal information
  • Future plans, education and work

What type of homework will be set?

Each week all pupils will receive a minimum of 30 words to learn for a vocabulary test the following week.  Pupils will be tested on a 20 words each week and must achieve 70% to pass their test. All words are taken from http:// www.vocabexpress.com  and pupils have their own vocabexpress account to support them with their vocabulary learning.  All vocabulary test scores will be recorded and shared with parents and pupils at the end of each term.

In addition to this, Year 9 students will also be required to do a translation task one week and a written task the next, whereas Years 10 & 11 students will receive reading and listening revision questions when not preparing for a controlled assessment.

How will students be assessed?

  • Year 9:  Students will be sit an exam at the end of Year 11 in the 4 skill areas; Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.  Each exam will be worth 25% of their total GCSE grade.
  • Year 10 & 11: The course is assessed as follows:

- Listening (20%)  and Reading (20%) exams will be sat at the end of year 11.

- Speaking controlled assessments (30%); these will take place throughout year 10 & 11 and your child will sit 2 assessements worth 15% each.

- Written controlled assessments (30%); these will take place throughout year 10 & 11 and your child will sit 2 assessements worth 15% each.

How parents support their child’s learning at home?

Parents can support their child with vocabulary learning by testing them at home and also checking their spellings.  They can also ensure students are using Vocab Express to aid them in their vocab learning. 

http://www.linguascope.com/ can be accessed to help with language learning (They need to see their languages teacher for the username and password).

Parents can also encourage pupils to view Spanish & German cinema and make them aware of facts of cultural interest in each country.

What can students move onto with German and Spanish?

The ability to speak a foreign language opens up so many opportunities to you and Britain is desperately short of linguists. Once you have studied A level, you can advance to university and study your language their or combine it with a non-language subject such as (e.g. German and Business OR Physics and Spanish).

Being bilingual is an excellent asset to have and makes you very employable in whichever field you choose. Businesses are crying out for linguists and the transferrable skills you learn whilst learning a language makes your application stand out for all future employers.