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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. Students 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. Students 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 students 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

Students follow the Studio 1 and Expo books 2 and 3.

All students 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 student’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.

Students 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

Course Content

The course covers a wide range of real-life, practical language. The work will include aspects of national, international and global areas of interest. Students will build on the grammar and vocabulary learned in Key Stage 3, and by the end of the course they will be able to communicate in French in a variety of everyday situations and on a number of topics of personal interest to themselves. This knowledge can then be used for tourism, for business or as a basis for further study in the Sixth Form. Students will use various learning methods to study the language, including note-taking, translating, role-play, reading tasks, such as authentic texts, and vocabulary learning.

Students will be offered the opportunity to take part in trips offered by the Modern Foreign Languages faculty. We aim to visit the Christmas Market in Lille in December and Paris in the autumn term.

Assessment

The assessment is divided into the four skill areas of Listening 25%, Speaking 25%, Reading 25% and Writing 25%. Listening, Reading and Writing will be assessed via examinations at Foundation (grades 1 - 5) or Higher (grades 4 - 9) tier at the end of the course. Speaking will be assessed as one final examination towards the end of Year 11. This will be conducted by the class teacher but will be marked by AQA. Students will be entered for either Foundation or Higher for all four question papers.

Sixth Form

Course Content

During this two-year course, you will study two authentic French language resources (a text and a film) and will study aspects of the contemporary societies, cultural backgrounds and heritages of French-speaking countries. You will also have opportunities to develop your understanding and awareness of spiritual, moral, ethical, environmental, health and political issues. You will extend and develop your knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary of French and will use this to speak, write, read and listen to the language. In addition, you will also be able to equip yourself with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable you to proceed to further study or to employment.

Course Structure

Theme 1 – Social issues and trends: Evolving society in France

  • Changing family structures
  • Education
  • The world of work

Theme 2 – Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture Francophone countries

  • Music
  • Media
  • Festivals and traditions

Theme 3 – Social issues and trends: Immigration and the French multicultural society

  • Integration and multiculturalism
  • Rise of the far right

Theme 4 – Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture: The Occupation and Resistance

  • Occupation
  • The Resistance
Assessment
  • Unit 1 - Listening, reading and translation (40% of A level)
  • Unit 2 - Writing and translation (30% of A level)
  • Unit 3 - Speaking (30% of A level)

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 students.

Visits Abroad - Year 8 students are offered the chance of spending a day in Le Touquet in Northern France during the summer term. All students 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.


German

The German Department is an integral part of the Modern languages Faculty. Students 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. Students 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 students 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

Students follow the National Curriculum areas of experience using the Stimmt! books.

All students 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.

Students 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

Course Content

The course will cover a wide range of real-life, practical language which is divided up into different themes:

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

Students build on the grammar and vocabulary they have learned in Key Stage 3 and by the end of the course will be able to communicate in German in a variety of everyday situations and on a number of topics of personal interest to themselves. Students will use various methods to study the language including listening and reading comprehension tasks in English and German, translating into English and German, role-play and general conversation as well as writing to bullet-pointed tasks. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their learning through a wide range of online resources including an e-version of the textbook with supporting materials.

Students will be offered the opportunity to participate in a day-trip to the German Christmas Markets in Cologne (Year 11).

Assessment

The assessment is divided into the four skill areas of Listening 25%, Speaking 25%, Reading 25% and Writing 25%. Listening, Reading and Writing will be assessed via examinations at Foundation (grades 1 - 5) or Higher (grades 4 - 9) tier at the end of the course. Speaking will be assessed as one final examination towards the end of Year 11. This will be conducted by the class teacher but will be marked by AQA. Students will be entered for either Foundation or Higher for all four question papers.

Sixth Form

Course Content

During this two-year course, you will study two authentic German language resources (a text and a film) and will study aspects of the contemporary societies, cultural backgrounds and heritages of German-speaking countries. You will also have opportunities to develop your understanding and awareness of spiritual, moral, ethical, environmental, health and political issues. You will extend and develop your knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary of German and will use this to speak, write, read and listen to the language. In addition, you will also be able to equip yourself with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable you to proceed to further study or to employment.

Course Structure

Theme 1 – Social issues and trends: Evolving society in Germany

  • Natural living
  • Education
  • The world of work

Theme 2 – Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture in the German-speaking world

  • Music
  • Media
  • Festivals and traditions

Theme 3 – Social issues and trends: Immigration and the German multicultural society

  • Integration and multiculturalism
  • Economic and social impact of migration

Theme 4 – Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture: German reunification

  • Society in the GDR before reunification
  • Germany since reunification
Assessment
  • Unit 1 - Listening, reading and translation (40% of A level)
  • Unit 2 - Writing and translation (30% of A level)
  • Unit 3 - Speaking (30% of A level)

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 students:

  • Visits Abroad - Year 8 students are offered the chance of spending a day in Le Touquet in Northern France during the summer term. All students 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..


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. 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 students.

Key Stage 3:

At Year 8 students are given the opportunity to choose Spanish as their second Modern Foreign Language.

What do students learn in KS3?

Key Stage 4

Course Content

The course will cover a wide range of real-life, practical language, which is divided up into different themes:

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

Students build on the grammar and vocabulary they have learned in Key Stage 3 and by the end of the course will be able to communicate in Spanish in a variety of everyday situations and on a number of topics of personal interest to themselves. Students will use various methods to study the language including listening and reading comprehension tasks in English and Spanish, translating into English and Spanish, role-play and general conversation as well as writing to bullet-pointed tasks. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their learning through a wide range of online resources including an e-version of the textbook with supporting materials. They will also have the opportunity to practise speaking Spanish with some of our Sixth Form Spanish students to help develop their skills.

Students will have the option of participating in a trip to Spain in Year 10 where they will experience the Spanish culture and will be able to practise their speaking skills.

Assessment

The assessment is divided into the four skill areas of Listening 25%, Speaking 25%, Reading 25% and Writing 25%. Listening, Reading and Writing will be assessed via examinations at Foundation (grades 1 - 5) or Higher (grades 4 - 9) tier at the end of the course. Speaking will be assessed as one final examination towards the end of Year 11. This will be conducted by the class teacher but will be marked by AQA. Students will be entered for either Foundation or Higher for all four question papers.

Sixth Form

Course Content

During this course, you will study one authentic Spanish language novel and one Spanish language film, alongside aspects of the contemporary societies, cultural backgrounds and heritages of Spanish speaking countries. You will also have opportunities to develop your understanding and awareness of spiritual, moral, ethical, environmental, health and political issues. You will extend and develop your knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary of Spanish and will use this to speak, write, read and listen to the language. In addition, you will also be able to equip yourself with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable you to proceed to further study or to employment.

Course Structure
  • The evolution of Spanish society
  • Political and artistic culture in Spain and Latin America
  • Immigration and multicultural Spanish society
  • Dictatorship of Franco and the Spanish transition to democracy
Assessment
  • Unit 1 - Listening, reading and translation (40% of A level)
  • Unit 2 - Writing and translation (30% of A level)
  • Unit 3 - Speaking (30% of A level)

Other Activities

Four day trip to Madrid (Years 9-11)

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