Modern Foreign Languages Staff:
|Ms C Silva Debeney
||Head of Department|
|Ms V Ramlogan ||Teacher of Spanish & English|
|Mr L Macias Marrero
||Foreign Language Assistant|
The Modern Foreign Languages classroom is fully equipped with 12 computers, a whiteboard and is air conditioned. All of these features contribute to high levels of learning.
The department is well resourced and has just purchased the latest course available at KS3 for Spanish. This course is both flexible and relevant and offers exciting materials and a fully integrated video drama for the whole ability range at KS3.
At KS3 the National Curriculum schemes of work are followed.
The students cover the following topics in Spanish:
Term 1 Talking about yourself, describing yourself and school.
Term 2 What you do in the week, your area and free time.
Term 3 Holidays, new technology and the media.
Year 8 and Year 9
Over these two years the students study the following topics.
Meeting new people, staying in Spain, fashion, leisure, transport and travel, healthy lifestyle, future plans and environment.
Year 10 and Year 11
At KS4 students are given the option of studying French as well as Spanish. Students are entered in Year 10 for their GCSE in French or Spanish, or both. Students are then given the opportunity to learn a second language in Year11. The exam board is Edexcel.
At KS4 the students complete controlled assessment in both speaking and writing. They then have a terminal exam in May in Reading and Listening.
Themes studied at KS4 are Home and Abroad, School and world of work, Media and Entertainment Health and Fitness and The Wider World.
There are booster classes for the KS4 groups at lunchtimes and after school.
Year 9-13 pupils who have a community language are given the opportunity to sit their GCSE in their community language. Currently we have over 100 students being entered for Portuguese, Italian, Turkish, Greek, Chinese, Polish and Dutch.
These students are provided with pre exam sessions with native teachers who explain the methodology of the exam prior to the students sitting the papers.
Our numbers of students choosing to study a language at GCSE is steadily increasing. In September 2012 there were five groups at KS4 studying a language. We are delighted with the keen interest that the students have to continue in this field.