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Modern Foreign Languages

What can I study?

Pupils in Key Stage 4 wanting to study a Modern Foreign Language have the following choices:

  • GCSE Spanish – you can study Spanish from beginner level
  • GCSE French – for those pupils who want to study French, whether or not they have done GCSE in Y9.

Spanish

Why study GCSE Spanish?

  • Britain is a member of the European Union and needs foreign language speakers in its job market.
  • People who speak a foreign language earn 20% more on average than those who don’t.
  • Spanish is a world language with over 400 million speakers worldwide.
  • Tourism, ICT, Marketing, Banking, Business and engineering are just a few areas where you can use your language.

What will I study?

  • Language skills that will enable you to survive on your own for a short time.
  • Skills enabling you to cope in everyday situations.
  • A number of themes including Media, Youth Culture and Employment.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is a mixture of examinations (40%) and controlled assessment (60%)

You will be assessed on the four language skills:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

What skills will I need?

To achieve in GCSE Spanish you will need:

  • An interest in developing your own communication skills
  • An interest in developing knowledge of grammar
  • An enthusiastic approach to trying out new language skills
  • An ability to listen and read for detail
  • A desire to learn about life in Spain
  • A small dictionary for homework

What happens in lessons?

Lessons usually contain:

  • A mixture of listening, speaking, reading and writing activities linked to various topics
  • Information about life in Spain
  • You will sometimes work in pairs or groups and also independently

French

Why Study French?

  • Studying this course will build upon any existing language skills to develop a more detailed understanding of French language and culture.
  • You will gain a wider appreciation of cultural aspects of the country
  • You will enhance your language skills.
  • As a competent linguist you will be in great demand in the job market

To gain a clear advantage when applying to University for any kind of course

What will I study?

  • Language skills that will enable you to survive on your own for a short time.
  • Skills enabling you to cope in everyday situations.
  • A number of themes including Media, Youth Culture and Employment.

We will focus on topics from a French perspective, studying aspects of French culture, including:

  • French film(s)
  • Famous French people (singers, sports people, celebrities)
  • French poetry
  • Fashion

How will I be assessed?

For GCSE, assessment is a mixture of examinations (40%) and controlled assessment (60%).

You will be assessed on the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Those who have already sat GCSE French will re-sit all coursework and exam elements unless they have already achieved an A*.

What skills will I need?

In order to be successful you will need:

  • A willingness  to learn and re-use new grammatical structures
  • An interest in developing your own communication skills
  • An enthusiastic approach to trying out new language skills
  • An ability to listen and read for detail
  • An interest in French culture and society (i.e. food, drink, people, places)

What happens in lessons?

The majority of lessons are conducted in French and you will:

  • Be expected to participate fully and speak as much as possible
  • Watch videos, listen to songs and study articles from the French press
  • Study video clips from television
  • Join in games and role plays to practise speaking
  • Produce work of a high standard
  • Be expected to practise grammar online
  • Do regular grammar exercises and tests