Modern Foreign Languages

 
 
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  • Modern Foreign Languages

    Team Members

    • Mr P Bolis - Head of MFL / SLE
    • Dr E Williams - Head of Latin
    • Mrs C Atkinson - Teacher of French and Spanish
    • Miss O Clinton - Teacher of French and Spanish
    • Miss I Cooke - Teacher of French and Spanish
    • Miss R Johnson - Teacher of French and Spanish
    • Miss R Piazza - Teacher of French and Spanish
    • Mrs M Turner - Teacher of French and Spanish

    Vision statement

    What are Languages for at Woking High School ?

    • To open students’ minds to different opportunities and culture and help them integrate in a global world.
    • To teach students rigour and resilience as well as improving literacy in English.
    • To teach communication skills (MFL) and give them confidence to become public speakers (MFL)
    • To help students achieve the English Baccalaureat (E.Bacc.) qualification.
    • For enjoyment.

    Why do Languages matter?

    • Nowadays, hardly any jobs are contained solely in the UK.
    • Languages give students a competitive edge when applying for further education.
    • Languages give them confidence to do a gap year or charity work abroad.
    • Languages help students to realise English is not the Language of the world but a global communication tool.
    • Languages have health and developmental benefits as learning them improve your cognitive abilities.
    • Languages teach the origin of western cultures and what defines Western cultures.
    • French is often seen as “higher” English so it expands students’ vocabulary.
    • Latin is the origin of every European languages.
    • Languages are a cross curricular subject 

    What does it help our students to achieve?

    • Respect other cultures and acquire better communication skill.
    • Help students articulate their thoughts and give students ambition to aim high (universities) as well as raises aspiration.
    • Give students the basic vocabulary to pursue studies by demystifying technical terms.
    • Languages improve literacy skills and it puts more focus on spelling and its importance.
    • Languages create links between subjects (Geography (Francophony), science (periodic table), history (the romans, Pompei), …)

    Celebration of success (achievements)

    Summer 2020 GCSE results 9 - 4:
    French 86% (48.6%) grade 9 - 7)
    Spanish 98% (61% grade 9-7)
    Latin 100% (68% grade 9-7)

    Facilities

    The Languages Department has six classrooms dedicated to Languages, a dedicated room for speaking practice and examinations plus a resources room for staff.

    KS3 Programme 

    French and Spanish:

    The courses concentrate on the 4 key skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing in the target language. By the end of Year 9, students making the relevant progress should be able to identify key vocabulary in authentic listening and reading materials, express themselves on all ranges of topics they have studied as well as giving opinions and justifying their views. They should also understand and describe events in three time frames, writing accounts from memory on a variety of topics and finally translate key phrases and grammatical points studied during KS3.

     

    Assessments are carried out throughout the year with regular tri-weekly assessments and end of term assessments covering all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

    KS4 programme

    French and Spanish are offered to GCSE.

    Current GCSE Exam Board Specifications & Past Papers.

    For French and Spanish visit www.aqa.org.uk

    Choose Qualifications/GCSEs/Languages, then choose the relevant language.

    GCSE codes are:

    • French  8658 
    • Spanish  8698 

    Past papers are available to download on all of these sites. If in doubt or for further information, please consult your class teacher.

    Knowledge Organisers
  • French and Spanish:  

    The courses concentrate on the 4 key skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing in the target language. By the end of Year 9, students making the relevant progress should be able to identify key vocabulary in authentic listening and reading materials, express themselves on all ranges of topics they have studied as well as giving opinions and justifying their views. They should also understand and describe events in three time frames, writing accounts from memory on a variety of topics and finally translate key phrases and grammatical points studied during KS3.

  • All languages are offered to GCSE. Our vision is that by 2020, 90% of students will take a language at GCSE

    Current GCSE Exam Board Specifications & Past Papers.

    For French, German & Spanish, visit www.aqa.org.uk

    Choose Qualifications/GCSEs/Languages, then choose the relevant language.

    GCSE codes are:

    • French 8658 Specification for first exams June 2018
    • Spanish 8698 Specification for first exams June 2018

    Past papers are available to download on all of these sites. If in doubt or for further information, please consult your class teacher.

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    Enrichment programme 

    Students are offered the opportunity to:

    • Participate in visits and exchanges to France and Spain.
    • Receive additional support at after-school drop-in sessions. KS4 Speaking club takes places every Wednesday at lunch time with native speakers.
    • Take part in Day 11 activities with a particular focus on cultural projects and non-European languages
    • Consider post-16 opportunities for languages study through attending presentations by visiting students and staff from sixth-form colleges
    • Take part in the annual European Day of Languages celebrations
    • We offer the study of Mandarin to our more able student at KS3. Please contact the Head of Languages for more details.
    Useful Web links  
    Year 9 Bi-lingual Students Students able to write, read and speak fluently in another language (e.g.French, Spanish, German, Arabic, Urdu, Japanese, Russian, Polish etc) will be offered the opportunity to take their GCSEs in Year 9. Please contact the Head of Languages if you think your son or daughter will be a suitable candidate. 

     

     

 

 

 

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