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Modern Foreign Languages
Languages are the key to unlocking whole other worlds. Not only do you learn about other cultures and current affairs in other countries but languages equip you with the ability to communicate with lots of new and interesting people.
As we go through Brexit, the need for people to speak a language other than English will become much greater.
Learning languages provides you with many transferable skills. Here are just a few:
- communication and articulating ideas
- problem solving
- increase in memory
- improved literacy and vocabulary
The Languages Department Team
Eight dedicated, enthusiastic teachers who teach French, German and Spanish help our students achieve the highest grades possible.
Between us we offer many years teaching experience and a proven track record of high quality teaching and learning. Click here to meet us
Programme of Study
Key Stage 3
Pupils learn either French or German with Spanish in Year 7 and will continue one language from Year 8 until Year 11. In KS3 pupils practise their skills in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing on the following topics: family and friends, home town, pets, holidays, food and drink, future plans, environment, hobbies, school and health. As well as extensive vocabulary, pupils will learn how to apply grammatical structures to create language.
Key Stage 4
The vast majority of our pupils take a GCSE in French or German following the AQA syllabus with excellent results.
At Key Stage 4 pupils build on the skills and topic areas studied at Key Stage 3 and develop more complex sentence structures and how to justify their opinions. They also extend their knowledge of the culture of the countries where that language is spoken.
For an overview of the Languages new AQA GCSE for Year 10 onwards please click here
You can also find information on the topics covered in the new French and German GCSEs below:
Year 10 and 11 pupils all have access to their textbook online via Kerboodle. They have been given their log in details by their class teacher.
https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login (Institution code: ne1)
Our GCSE Revision Guides provide pupils and their parents with material to work through during Year 11, particularly in holidays and during study leave:
Key Stage 5
German and French students follow the Edexcel syllabus for the new AS course.
We regularly have pupils who opt to take a language at A level. Pupils continue to develop their language skills at Key Stage 5, by studying a range of interesting topics often linked to current affairs where they are required to analyse material, form personal judgements in order to debate and argue points of view. They are required to do more independent research in addition to using the course materials.
For an overview of the KS5 structure please click here.
We offer a number of opportunities to help pupils in all Key Stages develop their language skills further.
Key Stage 3 and 4
- We run a Year 7 trip every year. This year we had a combined French/German trip to the Alsace region in France and Black Forest region in Germany.
- We also successfully ran a day trip to Normandy for Year 9 with our Year 12 students helping.
- Selected German classes in Years 9 and 10 have the opportunity to write to a German penpal from our partner German school the F.F. Runge Schule in Berlin.
- Pupils from our German partner school the F.F.Runge visited our pupils here in London in July 2017 and we visited their school in Berlin and saw the main sights in February 2018.
- Each year we celebrate European Day of Languages by hosting a themed breakfast for our pupils in Year 7. This year staff also dressed up in their own cultural dress.
- We offer pupils the opportunity to take part in both national and international competitions for languages. This year our Year 10 pupils were Highly Commended in the Oxford University German Network Olympiad for their fantastic music video they produced about Freundschaft/Friendship.
- Year 9 pupils and pen pals from our partner school in Berlin wrote a poem about World War 1 together in a workshop run by the charity Never Such Innocence, commemorating the men and women of the Great War. The poem will be published in the charity's book "Legacy" and our entry
has been shortlisted and we have been invited to the awards ceremony next year at the British Embassy in Berlin. To read the poem click here.
- We run trips for all Key Stages to the Goethe Institut (German) and the Institut Français (French) in London to develop cultural awareness and language skills, the most recent one being cross-curricular: Languages in Science.
- Pupils in KS3 can now access copies of the Mary Glasgow magazines in French, Spanish and German and for KS4 and KS5 in French and German from the school library. This is an excellent tool for widening pupils' vocabulary and cultural knowledge.
Key Stage 5
- Sixth Form students have the opportunity to travel to France or Germany for a week's work experience during February half term, providing them with an invaluable opportunity to practise and build on their language skills.
- We run cinema trips and pupils attend revision workshops at the Goethe Institut (German) and the Institut Français (French) in London each year.
All pupils are able to study films and literature in MFL lessons and we now have a film library in our office. Pupils are able to borrow DVDs by leaving £5 deposit with their teacher. Pupils are also encouraged to watch their own films at home in the target language.
Useful resources and websites
All pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 now benefit from the school's subscription to Vocab Express which is the best way for pupils to learn the vocabulary needed for GCSE French or German.
https://www.vocabexpress.com/login/ (School code: UKCHSA)
Pupils can purchase a CGP GCSE revision guide from Ms Green (L23) to support their revision.
The following websites have lots of resources and ways to practise language skills: