Modern Foreign Languages
At WGSB we believe that Modern Foreign Languages play a vital role in the future of our pupils and we offer French, Spanish and German. Learning a foreign language enriches pupils' lives, enhances students’ intercultural understanding and provides pupils with lifelong skills. Companies are keen to employ workers who can communicate with offices abroad. In modern day society we have many links with foreign countries and the ability to work with others is becoming essential. This is why we believe that all pupils should leave school having a sound knowledge of a second language.
Our MFL department runs successful visits, to France, Spain and Germany for students in all key stages.
There are three full-time and three part-time members in the department. We also employ Foreign Language Assistants to work with students in small groups to practise their speaking and listening skills. There are three language rooms in the school which are equipped with interactive whiteboards and we use a range of language learning websites to make the lessons fully interactive.
In Year 7 students at WGSB study one language from either French, German and Spanish and will then study a second one in years 8 and 9. The five skill areas Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Grammar are taught equally. Students are continually assessed throughout the course, and they keep a record of their attainment as they progress through the Key Stage.
Course book French: Studio Rouge
Course book Spanish: Mira
Course book German: Stimmt
GCSE Specification for Year 10
The study of languages is optional at this Key Stage, but students are strongly encouraged to continue with the study of at least one language to GCSE level.
The GCSE French, German and Spanish courses encourage learners to enjoy language learning by studying up to-date topics of interest to young people today. It also provides them with a firm grounding in grammar for further study and the practical use of the language in Speaking and Listening contexts allows them to communicate effectively in the target language. Learning a language at GCSE is still highly regarded by universities, the world of work and it broadens the students’ cultural understanding of the countries where the language is spoken.
The content and delivery of the course are enhanced by the use of an interactive whiteboard and multi-media facilities, including audio-visual resources, a digital version of the coursebook on ‘Moodle’, CD-ROMs and a wide range of language learning websites.
Students are required to study the following themes:
Theme 1: identity and culture:
- Me, my family and friends
- Technology in everyday life
- Free-time activities
- ·Customs and festivals
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
- Education post-16
- Career choices and ambitions
GCSE Specification for Year 11
The aim of GCSE French, German and Spanish courses are to enable the learners to communicate more confidently and accurately with native speakers and to learn more about the lifestyle and culture of the target language countries. Foreign language skills are also essential for many jobs in global businesses such as computing, marketing, and finance.
The general aim of the GCSE course is to enable pupils to successfully attain a number of
objectives in a productive and supportive environment. The main aims are:
- To develop the ability to understand and use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication
- To develop the ability to use and understand the language both imaginatively and creatively
- To develop an understanding of the grammar of the language studied
- To offer insights into the culture and civilisation of target language-speaking countries and communities
- To form a sound base of the skills, language and attitude required for further study, work and leisure.
The candidates will be tested during the course in the four main skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Speaking and writing are tested during the course. For Speaking two tasks will be prepared during the course and recorded. These are marked internally and sent to Edexcel for moderation. For Writing two tasks are prepared within class and written under examination conditions during years 10 and 11.
The teaching style retains a communicative methodology, emphasising the importance of understanding and communicating in everyday situations. A sound knowledge of the target language grammar is required for success at GCSE and grammar teaching is an integral part of the course.
Exam board: Edexcel
A Level Year 12
Learning a language allows you to develop different skills and it enhances overall linguistic and intellectual development. During your A Level course, you use a good mix of subject-specific and technical skills, for example gathering, assessing and interpreting information; developing opinions; proposing ideas; and being able to pick out the essential points from a text. You will also gain an understanding of the culture of French/German/Spanish speaking countries as well as contemporary issues arising there.
Studying a language clearly makes you a communicator, both orally and in writing and allows you to also develop many transferable life-long skills which will give you excellent and varied career opportunities. Language skills are in scarce supply and can be used in almost any job. Europe is a growing market for job opportunities and a language gives you the ability to communicate and compete in the global market. If you speak a second language, you can easily go into job areas such as the civil service, public relations, travel and tourism, European Union institutions, European multinational companies and Government departments like the armed services and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The course will help you to develop your general study skills, but most of all you will learn to communicate at a higher level in the language that you have chosen. You will also learn much more about a wide range of aspects of the society or societies in which the language is spoken.
You will be able to read, understand and extract information from written passages in the target language taken from authentic sources, such as magazines, the Internet and newspapers, reports or books.
You will be able to listen to, and understand contemporary spoken language and answer questions on what you have heard.
Speaking and Writing
You will learn how to write essays and to hold conversations and discussions in the target language. You will learn all the appropriate grammar and vocabulary that will help you to: present information in the target language, organise your arguments, provide opinions and analyse your ideas.
Exam Board: Edexcel
A-Level Year 13
Students who continue with the study of languages at this level will embark on a rewarding and enjoyable experience of language learning. They have the opportunity to pursue their own areas of interest, and also study a selection of literature in the foreign language.
Exam board: Edexcel