The Modern Foreign Languages Department is an enthusiastic and hard-working department in which standards and expectations are of the highest level.  We are committed to using God’s gift of language to promote understanding, respect, tolerance, creativity and self-confidence.  We encourage and support all students to aim high and aspire to achieve their best. Our vision is to inspire a love of language and to give our young people new and different experiences of their world.

The Curriculum

All students in Year 7 study French. In Year 8 students continue to study French and some students begin to study Spanish also.  Pupils follow the Studio course in French and ¡Viva! in Spanish.  At the end of Year 8, students choose which language they would like to continue to learn at GCSE. Those students who have studied both French and Spanish are given the opportunity to continue to study both languages at GCSE. Teaching and Learning is enhanced by the use of a wide range of resources which promote a variety of experiences to acquire and consolidate language skills including interactive whiteboards in every classroom, Active Teach, Linguascope and a Televic Language Laboratory.

At Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA GCSE syllabus and are each provided with a ¡Viva! for AQA GCSE textbook which has been written specifically for this programme of study.  Students who have GCSE Level skills in other Community Languages have the opportunity to take a GCSE examination in that language at any time in Key Stage 3 or 4.

French and Spanish are offered at Advanced Level.  Classes are small and therefore able to meet the needs of each student.  Students follow the AQA A-Level syllabus and are each provided with a course textbook which has been written specifically for this programme of study.  In addition, students are able to access Dynamic Learning which is an online personalised learning service, providing a wide range of interactive listening and reading exercises designed to assist students with their independent study.

Staff

Mrs L Flintham – Subject Leader

Mrs C O’Connell