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Modern Languages

Introduction

The Modern Languages Department is a vibrant and exciting place to be where children can learn French, Spanish and German. There is an incredible range of visits abroad with Year 10 pupils travelling every summer to Nice, Salamanca and Cologne. Sixth form students take part in a work experience visit to France and go to language schools in Spain and Germany.

Staff

Mr A MacCallum – Head of Department

KS3

Students begin French in Year 7 and in Years 8 and 9 most pupils follow a single language pathway of either French or Spanish. A dual language pathway of French and German or French and Spanish is available for top sets.

For further information please see our Main School Prospectus

KS4

Students study French, German or Spanish in Years 10 and 11. French can also be chosen as an optional course. On these GCSE Language courses you will build on the foundations of Years 7 – 9 to become independent and confident linguists. You will learn new vocabulary and more advanced grammar to help you communicate more effectively.

Useful documents for Modern Languages at KS4 can be found here: GCSE French AQA Vocabulary, GCSE German AQA Vocabulary and GCSE Spanish AQA Vocabulary.

For further information please see our KS4 Options Booklet 2019-2021

KS5

At A Level we offer courses in French, German and Spanish.

The French A Level syllabus extends naturally the skills developed at GCSE, but with a new focus on social issues and cultural life.  Topics studied are similar to those touched on at GCSE but are studied in more depth, moving on from the student’s own world to the wider world of bigger issues and events.

On the Spanish A Level course the focus is on the four skill areas of reading, speaking, writing and listening. Students will have an opportunity to work with interactive technology in their learning and to access primary source material from language assistants, visitors and internet links.

German A Level students develop not only higher speaking, listening, reading and writing skills but also a chance to develop translation techniques and understand the reasons behind, as well as the rules of, German grammar.

For further information please see our Sixth Form Prospectus

Additional Learning Resources

Please speak to your teacher to get the username and password for our Linguascope subscription. Accessing this resource every week can greatly improve grades. All pupils in KS3 and KS4 also have an ActiveLearn account where they can receive and submit homework in the form of listening files, vocabulary learning and comprehension tasks.

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