Modern Languages

Acting Head of Faculty: Mr S Leonard
Teaching Staff: Miss E Tyler, Ms S Young
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 at The New Sixth

Students at St Mark’s School are actively encouraged to enhance their learning experience through the study of French, and possibly Spanish in the near future. It assists in the understanding of the mechanics of one’s own language; it increases literacy skills; it widens horizons; it develops intercultural understanding, promoting a wider, less parochial view of the world. At St Mark’s School, students are engaged in a range of stimulating and creative language activities that make learning informative and fun!

For further information about this course, please email the Acting Head of Faculty, Mr S Leonard
or telephone him on 01225 312661.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

All students study French from Y7 to Y9. Students have two hours of French weekly, and there is also a lunchtime French catch-up club for extra help and support. We are currently looking to phase in Spanish.

Students are assessed through a variety of vocabulary/grammar tests and formative assessments. At the end of KS3 (end of Y9), an overall grade is given to each student. It is mainly based on their performance in formative assessments but also on end of year examinations (Y7, Y8, Y9).

Although our main priority is for students to make progress and be able to use the language to express their own ideas and opinions, we also wish for students to enjoy their learning of languages. For this reason, we have integrated some more creative activities into our Schemes of Work, such as listening to authentic French songs as listening activities.

We use a variety of resources including some textbook activities as well as a large proportion of teacher-made resources.

Year 7

Introduction: greetings, alphabet, numbers, days, months, colours, classroom language.
Family: family members, pets, descriptions.
At home: countries, rooms, furniture.
At school: subjects, teachers, opinions, time, facilities.
Description: personality, physical descriptions.
Culture: French poetry, French artwork.

Year 8

Phonics: learning styles, pronunciation, learning of a short story.
Food: food and drink, quantities, opinions.
Hobbies: sports and other hobbies, musical instruments, opinions.
In town: places in town, directions, cultural element: study of Bordeaux.
The future: jobs, world of work, opinions, travel.
Culture: Paris and Francophone countries.

Year 9

At home: chores, pocket money, daily routine, time, part-time jobs.
Fashion: clothes, colours, materials and patterns, opinions.
Health: sports, parts of the body, fitness.
Holiday: countries, leisure activities, accommodation.
Holiday: weather, transport, technology.
Culture: project on the film ‘Les Choristes’.


Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

Course Code: GCSE French AQA 8658
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658

Students can currently choose to study French or no language at all at GCSE level. It is important to be aware that a language must be studied amongst other subjects in order to get the EBacc. GCSE languages students are required to reach set levels of attainment in four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. Students currently have three hours of French a week.

Schemes of Work:

Year 10

Family and friends
Local area
School studies
Hobbies
Health
Customs and festivals
Travel and tourism

Year 11

Marriage
The environment
Charity work
Jobs and ambitions
Technology
Poverty and homelessness


 

Examination:
We follow the AQA exam board. At the end of Year 11, students will sit 4 exams: speaking, listening, reading and writing (25% of the GCSE per exam).

 

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) taught at The New Sixth

French
Course Code: A Level French AQA
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/french/a-level/french-2650

This course is a radical and exciting departure from the GCSE specifications. Far higher levels of independent study and research skills are required. A more rigorous approach to grammar is a prerequisite to achieving true mastery of the language. Students are strongly advised to read foreign newspapers as well as visiting French-speaking countries.

Students will gain a lasting appreciation of language and learning, an ability to comprehend a modern foreign language in a wide range of contexts, an ability to communicate readily for a variety of purposes, a useful knowledge of and insights into cultures (both contemporary and historic) and valuable skills for foreign travel, further education and employment.

For more information on A Level French, click here.

German
Course Code: A Level GermanAQA 7661 and 7662
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/german-7661 and http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/german-7662

This course is a radical and exciting departure from the GCSE specifications. Far higher levels of independent study and research skills are required. A more rigorous approach to grammar is a prerequisite to achieving true mastery of the language. Students are strongly advised to read foreign newspapers as well as visiting German-speaking countries.

Students will gain a lasting appreciation of language and learning, an ability to comprehend a modern foreign language in a wide range of contexts, an ability to communicate readily for a variety of purposes, a useful knowledge of and insights into cultures (both contemporary and historic) and valuable skills for foreign travel, further education and employment.

AS and A Level students will be assessed in the four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and will be required to develop knowledge and understanding, through the language of study, of aspects of the society, culture and history of the country or countries where the language is spoken.
AS students will study two of the following themes, A Level students will study all four of the following themes:

  • Social issues and trends
  • Artistic culture
  • Grammar

Students will also be required:

  • at AS Level, to know, understand and respond critically in writing in the language of study to one work chosen from a prescribed list provided. Students must choose either a literary work or a film.
  • at A Level, study and critically appreciate in writing two works, one of which must be a literary work.

For more information on A Level German, click here.

Spanish
Course Code: AS Level Spanish AQA 7691
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/spanish-7691

Course Code: A Level Spanish AQA 7692
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/spanish-7692

The A Level course is an exciting new specification that takes the next step towards true mastery of the Spanish language. A more rigorous approach to grammar is a prerequisite and students are expected to be motivated, enthusiastic and excellent independent learners with good research skills. Students are strongly encouraged to take an interest in the history, culture and politics of societies in the Spanish Speaking World, in addition to watching Spanish TV and Film, and studying Spanish Literature.

For more information on A Level Spanish, click here.

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