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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

The aim of the subject is to help pupils communicate with Spanish or German speaking people. Pupils will develop their communication skills in four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Pupils will become better communicators, team players and leaders as well as building their confidence.

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7

What will my child 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.

How will my child 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 can I support my 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 my child 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), e.g. Wk1: Vocabulary and translation, Wk2: Vocabulary and written task.

 

 

How will my child 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 I support my 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 year 10 & 11 students will receive reading and listening revision questions when not preparing for a controlled assessment.

 

How will my child be assessed?

Year 9:  Your child will be sitting 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 can I support my 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 my child move onto with Spanish and German?

The ability to speak a foreign language opens up so many opportunities and Britain is desperately short of linguists. Once a student has studied at A level, they can advance to university and study their language 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 learnt whilst learning a language will make job applications stand out for all future employers.