HARLINGTON UPPER SCHOOL

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    Modern Foreign Languages

    The Modern Foreign Languages Department offers courses at KS3, KS4 and KS5 in French and Spanish.  In Year 9 students can choose to study French, Spanish, or both languages.  In Year 10 and 11 students can opt to study a language to GCSE level.  

    In order to support our students, a number of our Year 9, 10 and 11 groups are having support from a Sixth Form mentor and this programme is proving to be very successful.  This is hugely beneficial for our younger students, and also a fantastic opportunity for our 6th form MFL students to become further involved in the life of the department.    Film on Friday is a long-running and popular part of the KS5 curriculum.

    We offer opportunities for trips and our Year 9 day-trip to France in November has been a great success for a number of years now.  For students taking a language at GCSE or GCE (Years 10, 11, 12 and 13) we offer a one-day trip to a French Christmas Market.  There is also often an opportunity for MFL students to travel to France and Spain at the end of the summer term.

    Year 9

    Me, my family and friends: Discussing getting on with others, describing family and friends, talking about future relationships.

    Technology in everyday life: Using social media, the pros and cons, discussing the uses of mobile technology – advantages and disadvantages

    Free-time activities: Talking about leisure activities, talking about different cuisines, discussing eating habits, talking about sports

    Customs and festivals: Talking about how we celebrate, discussing traditions and festivals, describing events

    Year 10 and 11

    Course

    GCSE French

    Exam Board/Syllabus

    AQA  Syllabus 8658

    Availability

    Students who studied French in Y9

    Grade Equivalences

    9 to 1

    Assessment Route

    Listening    Final Exam (25%)

    Reading      Final Exam (25%)

    Speaking    Final Exam (25%)

    Writing       Final Exam (25%)

    Course

    GCSE Spanish

    Exam Board/Syllabus

    AQA  Syllabus 8698

    Availability

    Students who studied Spanish in Y9

    Grade Equivalences

    9 to 1

    Assessment Route

    Listening    Final Exam (25%)

    Reading      Final Exam (25%)

    Speaking    Final Exam (25%)

    Writing       Final Exam (25%)

    Our aims in Years 10 and 11 are:

    • to develop the ability to use languages effectively for purposes of practical communication;
    • to form a sound base for the skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure;
    • to offer insight into the cultures & civilisations of French and Spanish speaking countries;
    • to develop an awareness of the nature of language and language learning;
    • to provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation.

     

    A qualification in Languages is an asset for any student in the job market, opening up opportunities in business, travel, tourism, education and many other spheres.  A Language GCSE is also particularly important for those thinking about A - Level examinations and is a facilitating subject at university.

     

    The examinations taken will demand considerable speaking and listening skills, together with competence in reading and writing.  Furthermore, particularly for those aiming for higher grades, (9-5), students need to understand the grammar of the language they are studying and then adapt what they know to new situations.

     

    For the development of listening skills, audio material of native speakers is provided, with the speakers talking on topical subjects of relevant practical application.

     

    There will be an increasing emphasis on developing students’ speaking skills in a wide variety of situations. Students will be expected to respond to and communicate in the foreign language as much as possible during lessons. They will have to present ideas as a presentation, as well as ask and answer questions in a range of different situations.  They will also have to practise role-plays to be able to cope with real-life situations abroad.  Students will complete a speaking exam at the end of the two year course.

     

    Alongside the productive skill of speaking is the writing component of the course.  Students will learn how to master the grammar of the language and have opportunities to write in the language in class and for homework.  Assessment is an exam at the end of Year 11 where they are marked on the content of what they say as well as the quality of the language and range of structures that are used.  There will also be a small translation element. 

     

    Throughout the course, there are many opportunities to use ICT and multimedia to develop language skills, to understand the culture and to bring the world of the foreign language into the classroom. There are opportunities to go on trips that will build confidence and give students the opportunity to use the skills and knowledge that they are learning. We also aim to use authentic material wherever possible. 

     

    To take either French or Spanish, it is necessary to have studied the relevant language in Year 9.

     

    French and Spanish GCSE

     

    The French and Spanish courses are based on the Oxford AQA GCSE course books, which give practice in the four skills of:

    1. Listening
    2. Speaking
    3. Reading
    4. Writing the language

     

    The topics covered are as follows:

    • Family and friends
    • Technology
    • Free time
    • Customs and festivals
    • Local area
    • Social and global issues
    • Travel and tourism
    • School and college
    • Jobs and careers
    Year 12 and 13

    Course

    GCE A Level French

    Exam Board/Syllabus

    AQA - 7652

    Grades

    A*-E

    Course Entry Requirements

    In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

    GCSE Grade 4 in French. Recommended a grade 5

     

    Assessment Route

    Paper 1:  Listening, reading and translation, 40% of final grade

    Paper 2:  Written response to a text and film, 30% of final grade

    Paper 3:  Speaking  Assessment, 30% of final grade

     

    Course

    GCE A Level Spanish

    Exam Board/Syllabus

    AQA - 7692

    Grades

    A*-E

    Course Entry Requirements

    In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

    GCSE Grade 4 in Spanish. Recommended a grade 5

     

    Assessment Route

    Paper 1:  Listening, reading and translation, 40% of final grade

    Paper 2:  Written response to a text and film, 30% of final grade

    Paper 3:  Speaking  Assessment, 30% of final grade

     

    Learning a language is refreshing and challenging because it is a unique approach to study and during lessons students have the opportunity to converse in French/Spanish and improve self-awareness and self-confidence.  At A-level candidates study a variety of topics about which they need to demonstrate knowledge and opinion in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).  This enables them to develop an understanding of the contemporary society, the culture and the heritage of countries where French/Spanish is spoken.  Students will also gain cultural awareness of the country through the study of a literary text and a film.  This subject will further enable a candidate to communicate clearly, confidently and effectively in the language in a variety of situations. It also provides students with important skills such as team work and independent learning. Languages are a great choice for students who will benefit from the opportunity to work within a small group and who enjoy interactive study and seek a challenge!

    Learning strategies

    Candidates will need to be able to respond to a variety of spoken and written sources and to use the language to express ideas and opinions, both in writing and speaking.  We will look closely at the grammar of the language in order for students to develop their translation skills.  Students will also study a film and a literary text in depth.

    Topics for French will include:

    The changing nature of family

    The ‘cyber-society’

    The place of voluntary work

    Positive features of a diverse society

    Life for the marginalised

    How criminals are treated

    The culture and heritage of France

    Contemporary francophone music

    French cinema

    Teenagers and the right to vote

    French politics and immigration

    Study of a film and text

    Topics for Spanish will include:

    Modern and traditional values

    Cyberspace

    Equal rights

    Immigration

    Racism

    Integration

    Modern day idols

    Spanish regional identity

    Cultural heritage

    Monarchies and dictatorships

    Young people and citizenship

    Study of a film and text