Welcome to the Modern Foreign Languages Department!
The department of Modern Foreign Languages is an enthusiastic and motivated department committed to fostering and stimulating students' curiosity, interest and enjoyment in learning about foreign languages and cultures. We endeavour to give our students the opportunity to acquire linguistic skills that will have significant implications in their future lives within the local, national and international communities.
Increasing Global understanding: Learning another language gives a learner the ability to step inside the mind set and context of that culture. Without the ability to communicate and understand a culture on its own terms, true access to that culture is barred. "A different language is a different vision on life" - Federico Fellini, Italian Film Director.
Our teaching aims
- to create a positive and enjoyable learning atmosphere in our classrooms.
- to value each individual and encourage students to recognise and appreciate the value and worth of others.
- to enable each student to achieve his/her potential using a variety of Teaching & Learning strategies and resources.
- to help develop communication skills and provide opportunities for pair and group work in every lesson.
- to help develop transferable skills (reading skills, research and reference skills, thinking and inferring skills).
- to help develop strategies for accurate spelling, memorising and retention of new vocabulary.
"We have strong evidence today that studying a foreign language has a ripple effect, helping to improve students performance in other subjects." Mr Richard Riley, U.S Secretary of Education under Bill Clinton.
Students study Spanish in both key stages. They are taught in ability groups in KS3 and in mixed ability option groups in KS4. Teaching and Learning activities aim to enhance students' thinking and communication skills and to learn the target language in an engaging and fun way. The target language is regularly used to give instructions and communicate in class. Students' progress is evaluated with formative and summative assessments throughout the year.
Key Stage 3
All schemes of work have been designed by the department to embed Personal Learning Thinking Skills (PLTS). Being cross-curricular, they will enable our students to consolidate learning in other subjects, such as geography, history, science and citizenship. Numeracy and literacy will also be reinforced throughout the stage.
Key Stage 4
In years 10 and 11, students will follow the Edexcel programme and new specifications to revise and prepare for their GCSE Spanish examinations.
The department can also organise appropriate provisions for students who wish to gain a GCSE qualification in other languages, such as French, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic and Polish. This year, we intend to carry out GCSE examinations in Dutch and Russian for the first time.