Modern Languages


We strive for all pupils to develop interpersonal language skills and broaden their
cultural horizons through a range of interesting and engaging activities. The
departmental team are totally committed to helping our youngsters grow as language
students so that they can take their place in the global community

 

Curriculum Time
Five lessons a fortnight

Key Stage 3
French or Spanish

Modules
Self, interests, pets, sports, home life, daily routines, towns, food, holidays, clothes, health - all involve listening, speaking, reading and writing

Key Stage 4
Option of French or Spanish

Three classrooms with interactive whiteboards, use of flashcards , ICT programmes

Study visits to France each year, penfriends, use of Widnes CLC, Language Assistants, revision sessions




MFL DEPARTMENT STAFFING 2006/07
 

  • Mrs. J. Shepherd-Curriculum Team Leader, I/C Key Stage 4 Spanish, Departmental Assessment Representative
  • Mrs. C. Watson- I/C Key Stage 3 French, Departmental SEN Representative, School Teaching Coach
  • Mrs. R. Farr-I/C Key Stage 4 Spanish, Departmental Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator
  • Mr. D.T. Annable, Departmental ICT Co-ordinator and Head of Year 10
  • French Language Assistant
  • Spanish Language Assistant


THE DEPARTMENT-A BRIEF OUTLINE

  • The department has a policy of alternating the language started in Key Stage 3 and in 2008/09 Years 7 and 9 will study Spanish and Year 8 will study French. Pupils study one language for 3 years and then have the opportunity to opt for that language in Key Stage 4.
  • The department would like to see all pupils fulfil their potential in whichever of the languages they study. To this end, we offer a variety of differentiated activities in all four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing using a wide range of materials. As well as using the more traditional items such as textbooks, pupil workbooks, tapes, worksheets, flashcards etc. we also make strong use of more modern approaches, including computer-related tasks and interactive whiteboard activities, all of which would allow pupils to study in their own preferred learning style.
  • Pupils enter Year 7 without a National Curriculum level (not having studied it previously) and are placed in sets according to general progress made in their primary schools. Movement between sets is encouraged and progress is monitored closely throughout Key Stage 3(Years 7, 8 and 9) so that pupils can study in a set most suited to their ability. Each pupil will have a target level that they are expected to achieve. 
  •  By the end of each year, most pupils should achieve the following levels-

     Year 7-level 3(4)
     Year 8-level 4(5)
     Year 9-level 5(6>8)

  • In each year, more able pupils will have the opportunity to achieve the higher levels shown in brackets.
  • Each pupil has a user-friendly version of the level descriptors in their exercise book and this is also available for viewing on the website. Exemplars of pupils’ work, showing what is needed for various levels, are also available for viewing on the website www.standards.dfes.gov.uk
  • As in Key Stage 3, pupils in Years 10 and 11 will also have individual targets and their own copies of GCSE grade descriptors, which will once again be available for viewing on the website, along with exemplars for various grades. 
  • Pupils in all years will also have copies of the vocabulary lists required for each topic being studied. We are currently awaiting official permission from the publishing company to put the lists on the website. As soon as this arrives, they will be viewable by everyone.
  • The department runs a number of extra-curricular events, such as a French Study Visit, (Christams trip to Lille markets), intensive language days, lunchtime and after-school classes, European Language Week and GCSE Easter revision sessions. Pupils also have the opportunity to write to penfriends in French or Spanish.
  • Whether pupils just use their skills on holiday, or incorporate them into their future careers, it is hoped that the study of a language and its culture will help them to communicate effectively, build bridges between them selves and others and allow them to take their rightful place in the global community of tomorrow.

FRENCH STUDY VISIT

  • 41 pupils from Years 7 and 9, accompanied by 4 staff, visited Mayenne and Paris in July 2007. While there, they practised their language skills in a variety of ways, including completing shopping tasks in a range of outlets such as small shops, markets and hypermarkets and also conducting surveys.
  •  A visit to a bakery, where we all made croissants, was a great success, but perhaps the favourite part for many pupils was a cruise on the River Seine to see the sights of Paris. Some photographs from the Study Visit can be viewed on the website.
  • The pupils who went on the Study Visit benefited in a wide variety of ways-linguistically, culturally, socially (including developing their inter-personal skills) and not least in terms of self-confidence.

Hopefully, the trip has broadened the pupils’ horizons and instilled a sense of curiosity in them, so that they are more willing to learn about and from other people.

Arrangments for a similar visit are underway for July 2008

 
 


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