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Foreign Languages

Course description 

Our aim is that foreign language learning is, above all, an enjoyable, personal and communicative process. The programme of study is designed to enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding and to develop their language skills and cultural awareness.

In Key Stage 3, 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 visited in Year 7 French include:

  • Presenting yourself
  • Friends and family
  • Food and drink
  • School / times and timetables
  • Hobbies
  • Holidays

Topic areas visited in Year 7 German include:

  • Introductions and greetings
  • School / times and timetables
  • Home and town
  • Friends and family
  • Food and drink
  • Shopping

Topic areas visited in Year 8 for French include:

  • Travel and Tourism
  • Clothes and shopping
  • Home and town
  • media/television/internet/music

Topic areas visited in Year 8 for German include:

  • Media/television/internet/music
  • Holidays
  • Travel and tourism
  • Hobbies and activities

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 topics in Modern languages: 

1. Identity and Culture (self, family, friends, home life, shopping, meals, healthy living, illness and accident, free time, fashion, media,relationships, celebrations and festivals, life in the countries and communities where the language is spoken)

2. Local ,national and international areas of interest (hometown, local environment, pollution, recycling, local facilities, comparisons with other towns and regions, weather and seasons, social issues, travel and holidays, campaigns and good causes)

3. Current and future study and employment (school,education, work experience, part-time jobs, future plans / careers, technology)




Homework for Key Stage 3 will be set on a weekly basis on topics covered in class.  They may be:

  • Learning new vocabulary or structures
  • Using a website to practice new vocabulary 
  • Completing short readings or writing tasks
  • Prepare for end of module tests

Homework for Key Stage 4 consists of a variety of tasks. Examples include:

  • Preparing answers for controlled assessments
  • Learning vocabulary and grammar rules
  • Reading texts in the target language and answering questions on the text
  • Writing paragraphs in the target language
  • Download exam questions onto an MP3 player/iPods

Books, Equipment, Materials and Resources Recommended/Needed 

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

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
  • Enable you to learn another foreign language when you are older
  • Improve your mother tongue
  • Enable you to work abroad or travel abroad with your job
  • Give you an invaluable skill for many careers (see below)
  • 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