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Modern Foreign Languages

French

MFL

The French Department is an integral part of the Modern languages Faculty, situated on the top floor of the Barker Building. Pupils in the X half of Year 7 learn French from Year 7 onwards and will choose between German and Spanish in year 8. Those in the Y half who do German, will take up French or Spanish in Year 8. Pupils will generally continue with one language in Year 9.

Languages are an extremely important part of the School’s curriculum and we recommend that as many pupils as possible study French, German or Spanish to GCSE level at least. Learning a language develops a pupil’s aural and oral skills, aids literacy and increases their confidence. Languages are fun and beneficial for travel, future studies and enhancing job opportunities. Several universities have now made a language at GCSE a prerequisite for entry.

Modern Language students have the use of the Internet and IT in lessons with the purchase of some innovative and interactive resources as well as subscriptions to language websites such as “Linguascope”, which enable them to work independently.

Key Stage 3

Pupils follow the National Curriculum areas of experience using the Studio 1 and Expo books 2 and 3.

All pupils are asked to purchase a language dictionary by Christmas of Year 7, as these are a useful aid with homework and independent learning throughout the pupil’s career of language learning.

The textbooks introduce a lively and fun approach to learning a Modern Foreign Language and place a great deal of emphasis on authentic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The courses consist of textbooks, sound recordings, worksheets, regular assessments, DVDs and language games. We use “Active Teach” as well as several other web-based packages on the interactive whiteboards to compliment the learning and teaching of MFL.

Topics covered include Self and Family, hobbies, school, health and fitness, the local area, learning about France and its different regions, French festivals and traditions, transport and the environment.

Pupils will choose which language they wish to study at KS4 by the end of year 8 and in year 9 we start to prepare them for the demands of the AQA GCSE with three lessons per week.

Key Stage 4

Pupils who opt for GCSE French study the language for two years and take the GCSE examination in Year 11. All sets currently follow the AQA linear specification.

The GCSE examination emphasises the importance of authentic materials. The course used is Studio. Revision lessons are arranged prior to the mock, at Easter and weekly before the final examinations.

Via the four skill areas of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing, pupils cover the following topics:

  • Theme 1: Identity and culture
  • Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Pupils are Examined in May of year 11 and each skill carries 25% of the final mark.

Sixth Form

In the Sixth Form students may wish to study A level French. This involves a detailed study of the language and the ability to converse fluently. The areas studied are:

  • Theme 1: Social Issues and trends
  • Theme 2: political and artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • Theme 3: Immigration and the French multicultural society
  • Theme 4: The Occupation and Resistance

All students are strongly advised to spend time abroad to improve the fluency of the language they are studying.

Other Activities

To back up classroom teaching, there are a wide range of trips, exchanges and interaction with native speakers. The Modern Languages Faculty sets great store by the extra opportunities it offers to language pupils and students.

Visits Abroad - Year 8 pupils are offered the chance of spending a day in Le Touquet in Northern France during the summer term. All pupils are issued with a booklet with points for guidance and they explore the town by means of a quiz and set tasks to practise their speaking skills.

For Years 10 to 13 there is a 3-day trip to Paris and Disneyland during October.

We continue to offer a day trip to the Lille Christmas Market for Years 10 to 13 also in December. We aim to take the Year 12 and 13 French students to Paris in March for a weekend study break.

The Library - The school library has a wide selection of magazines and films on DVD in French and German. There are also self-study materials for Sixth Formers in the Resource Centre.


German

The German Department is an integral part of the Modern languages Faculty, situated on the top floor of the Barker Building. Pupils in the Y half of Year 7 learn German from Year 7 onwards and will choose between French and Spanish in year 8. Those in the X half who do French, will take up German or Spanish in Year 8. Pupils will generally continue with one language in Year 9.

Languages are an extremely important part of the School’s curriculum and we recommend that as many pupils as possible study French, German or Spanish to GCSE level at least. Learning a language develops a pupil’s aural and oral skills, aids literacy and increases their confidence. Languages are fun and beneficial for travel, future studies and enhancing job opportunities. Several universities have now made a language at GCSE a prerequisite for entry.

Modern Language students have the use of the Internet and IT in lessons with the purchase of some innovative and interactive resources as well as subscriptions to language websites such as “Linguascope”, which enable them to work independently.

Key Stage 3

Pupils follow the National Curriculum areas of experience using the Stimmt! and Echo books 2 and 3.

All pupils are asked to purchase a language dictionary by Christmas of Year 7, as these are a useful aid with homework and independent learning throughout the pupil’s career of language learning.

The textbooks introduce a lively and fun approach to learning a Modern Foreign Language and place a great deal of emphasis on authentic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The courses consist of textbooks, sound recordings, worksheets, regular assessments, DVDs and language games. We use “Active Teach” as well as several other web-based packages on the interactive whiteboards to compliment the learning and teaching of MFL.

Topics covered include Self and Family, hobbies, school, health and fitness, the local area, learning about Germany and German-speaking countries, German festivals and traditions, transport and the environment.

Pupils will choose which language they wish to study at KS4 by the end of year 8 and in year 9 we start to prepare them for the demands of the AQA GCSE with three lessons per week.

Key Stage 4

Pupils who opt for GCSE German study the language for two years and take the GCSE examination in Year 11. All sets currently follow the AQA linear specification.

The GCSE examination emphasises the importance of authentic materials. The course used is Stimmt!. Revision lessons are arranged prior to the mock, at Easter and weekly before the final examinations.

Via the four skill areas of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing, pupils cover the following topics:

  • Theme 1: Identity and culture
  • Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Pupils are Examined in May of year 11 and each skill carries 25% of the final mark.

Sixth Form

In the Sixth Form students may wish to study A level German. This involves a detailed study of the language and the ability to converse fluently.

All students are strongly advised to spend time abroad to improve the fluency of the language they are studying.

Other Activities

To back up classroom teaching, there are a wide range of trips, exchanges and interaction with native speakers. The Modern Languages Faculty sets great store by the extra opportunities it offers to language pupils and students:

  • Visits Abroad - Year 8 pupils are offered the chance of spending a day in Le Touquet in Northern France during the summer term. All pupils are issued with a booklet with points for guidance and they explore the town by means of a quiz and set tasks to practise their speaking skills.

    We continue to offer a day trip to the Cologne Christmas Market for Year 11 also in December..

  • The Library - The school library has a wide selection of magazines and films on DVD in French and German. There are also self study materials for Sixth Formers in the Resource Centre.

Spanish

Languages are playing an increasingly important role in the everyday lives of British people, most especially in the worlds of business, tourism and of course education. Consequently at Darrick Wood School modern foreign languages are at the heart of the curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4 and are an increasingly popular option in the Sixth Form. The Spanish Department is a relative newcomer to the MFL Faculty, having been introduced five years ago as a Beginners’ GCSE and introduced into the Key Stage 3 curriculum as recently as 2009-2010. It is situated in a suite of modern, attractive and well-resourced classrooms on the top corridor of the Barker Building. An ICT suite is also situated on the corridor and the Department has at its disposal a mobile laptop trolley for extra access to ICT facilities within regular classrooms. In addition to the teaching staff the Spanish Department is proud to welcome a native Spanish speaker to the Department each year to assist with the linguistic and cultural development of pupils and students.

Key Stage 3:

At the end of Year 7, those pupils in sets 1 and 2 for French and German are given the opportunity to choose Spanish as their second Modern Foreign Language - from the beginning of Year 8, those pupils will learn Spanish for three lessons every two weeks. In year 9 pupils will continue learning Spanish but for two lessons a week.

What do pupils learn in KS3?

Key Stage 4:

If pupils choose to continue learning Spanish, over the course of the two years they will study the following topics for three lessons a week in Year 10 and two lessons a week in Year 11:

Free Time and the Media
  • Free time activities involving media
  • Advantages and disadvantages of new technology
Holidays
  • Plans, preferences, experiences
  • What to see and getting around
  • A past holiday
School/College and Future Plans
  • What school/college is like
  • Pressures and problems
Relationships and Choices
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Future plans regarding: marriage/partnership
  • Social issues and equality
Health
  • illnesses
  • healthy and unhealthy lifestyles
  • young people’s issues
Jobs
  • Part-time jobs, Work experience, future career plans
House and home
  • Your home and neighbourhood
  • Shopping and complaints
Free time
  • environment, global citizenship

Sixth Form:

There is currently no provision for Spanish at AS or A2 level at Darrick Wood School.

Other Activities:

Four day trip to Madrid (Years 9-11)

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