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Foreign Languages

Course description 

 We offer both French and German up to GCSE level. The course is designed to equip students with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts, to develop their cultural awareness and extend their language skills. 

 Students have a clear framework for learning based around termly assessments: 

  • Core vocabulary and grammar assessments
  • End of topic tests
  • Individual targets for improvements

 

Key Stage 3 

Topic areas studied in Year 7 French include:

  • Introducing yourself and others
  • School
  • Hobbies
  • Holidays

Topic areas studied in Year 8 for French include:

  • Home and Town
  • Food and drink
  • Media
  • Travel and Tourism

Topic areas studied in Year 7 German include:

  • Introducing yourself
  • School
  • Family and Pets
  • Home and Town

Topic areas studied in Year 8 for German include:

  • Hobbies
  • Holidays and Travel
  • Media
  • Food and Drink/ Being Healthy
  • Daily Routine

Students work in groups, pairs or as a class, practising the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Throughout the coverage of these topics, grammar points and tenses are reinforced.  Each student needs a bi-lingual dictionary.

 

 

Key Stage 4 

During Years 9, 10 and 11, students study the following three topics: 

Theme 1: Identity and culture:

Me, my family and friends, Technology in everyday life, Free-time activities, Customs and festivals in French & German speaking countries/communities.       

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Home, Town, neighbourhood and region, Social issues, Global issues, Travel and Tourism.

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

My studies, Life at school/college, Education post-16, Jobs, career choices and ambitions.

All four skills (listening,speaking, reading & writing) are assessed in final exams at the end of year 11.

The above information is applicable to both languages.

 

 

Homework will be set weekly on topics covered in class. This may include completing reading, listening and writing tasks, translating into and from the target language & preparing for assessments in the four key skills. It is also essential that vocabulary and grammar rules are learned on a regular basis.

Books, Equipment, Materials and Resources Recommended/Needed 

Students need a good set of stationery in common with most other subjects, a bilingual dictionary and a set of headphones.

Career Opportunities Supported By This Subject 

Career Opportunities Supported By This Subject 

There are many benefits to learning a foreign language. It will:

  • Give you a useful skill when you go on holiday abroad
  • Improve your listening, communication and memory skills
  • Improve your mother tongue
  • Enable you to work abroad or travel abroad with your job

 Please note that several universities have made language studies to GCSE level compulsory for admission from 2012

The ability to speak and understand one or more foreign language is very useful in many careers.  Some are examples are as follows:

  • Sales and Marketing Tourism (Pilot, Air Steward, Courier)
  • International Banking Secretarial Work
  • Administration Accountancy
  • Management Consultancy Armed Forces
  • Law Diplomatic Service