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Modern Foreign Languages

Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. Pupils learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. By making comparisons, they gain insight into their own culture and society. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world.

Learning languages gives pupils opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity. They explore the similarities and differences between other languages and English and learn how language can be manipulated and applied in different ways. The development of communication skills, together with an understanding of the structure of language, lay the foundations for future study of other languages and support the development of literacy skills in a pupil’s own language.

The MFL Department’s objectives are:

  • To equip pupils with the confidence and ability to communicate both verbally and in writing in a foreign language.
  • To develop an awareness of the nature of language and language learning
  • To promote positive attitudes to language learning
  • To give pupils some understanding of cultures different from their own.
  • To equip pupils with specific skills eg. learning, memorising, working with others, working independently, reading for pleasure, dictionary skills, ICT.
  • To improve communication skills
  • To increase a skill transferable to the workplace, even more relevant today given the expansion of the EU.

At QEGS we currently offer tuition in French and Spanish. In Year 7 all pupils are taught in tutor groups. They study Spanish for 6 hours per fortnight. From Year 8 and into Year 9 we set by ability, with the double linguists studying both French and Spanish, and some girls focusing on just Spanish.

All pupils have the opportunity of continuing with French or Spanish to GCSE level and double linguists can study both if they wish. All languages are established to A2 level.

Foreign Language Assistants
We employ two native speakers of French and Spanish to assist our work in the department.

Key Stage 3

Students are taught via the four skills of listening, speaking reading and writing. Year 7 is the introductory year, where the basics are covered for example name, where I live, school, hobbies. Year 8 consolidates what was covered this, but extends it with slightly more complex vocabulary and the introduction of grammatical structure. Year 9 further consolidates grammatical structure, looking at past, present and future tenses as well as building on more complex vocabulary.

Assessment Details
Girls are formally assessed at the end of each term in a variety of the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Vocabulary and grammar tests are completed regularly at the teacher’s discretion. Throughout the year girls are informally assessed, and awarded National

To support your daughter’s learning it is recommended that you:

  • Regularly read over classwork and discuss structures and vocabulary with her.
  • Ensure all homework is done on time.
  • Revise new vocabulary on a weekly basis, aim to learn off by heart 10-20 new words per week.
  • Encourage her to listen to French/ Spanish radio/ TV and read as much French/ Spanish as possible (the Mary Glasgow magazines are ideal).

Key Stage 4

Over Year 10 and Year 11 students will study the following topics:

Personal information
General interests
Leisure activities
Family and friends
Lifestyle (healthy eating and exercise)

 

 

 

Out and about
Visitor information
Basic weather
Local amenities
Accommodation
Public transport
Directions

 

 

Customer service and transactions
Cafés and restaurants
Shops
Dealing with problems

 

 

 

 

Future plans, education and work
Basic language of the internet
Simple job advertisements
Simple job applications and CV
School and college
Work and work experience

Environment
Describing where you live
Environmental problems
Other problems facing the world such as: terrorism, poverty and crime

Modern Foreign Languages: GCSE French & Spanish

Edexcel. French (1FR0), Spanish (1SP0)

Assessment Details
Girls will be examined in the four skill areas of Listening, Reading Writing and Speaking. The weighting for each skill is as follows:
Listening 20%
Reading 20%
Writing 30%
Speaking 30%

Depending on individual strengths, candidates may enter for Higher or Foundation in each skill area. The targeted grades at each level are:
Foundation Level: Grades G – C
Higher Level:       Grades D – A*

The overall GCSE grade is cumulative based on the success in each skill area.

To support your daughter’s learning it is recommended that you:

  • Regularly revise classwork and discuss structures and vocabulary with her. Test her knowledge of the language on a fortnightly basis.
  • Encourage her to record all of her oral presentations in preparation for the GCSE oral exam.
  • Ensure all homework/ coursework is done on time.
  • Revise new vocabulary on a weekly basis, aim to learn off by heart 20-30 new words per week.
  • Encourage her to listen to French/ Spanish radio/ TV and read as much French/ Spanish as possible (the Mary Glasgow magazines are ideal).
  • Encourage her to attend the Foreign Language Assistants weekly homework club.

Extra Curricular

We offer a trip to Malaga for pupils in Year 9, and a trip to Paris for pupils in Year 10, in order for pupils to gain first-hand experience of the countries whose languages they are learning.