Modern Foreign Languages
Welcome to Modern Foreign Languages
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart”.
AIMS OF THE SUBJECT
Learning a foreign language offers the opportunity to all students to discover another exciting culture and learn how to communicate in another language. It will deepen their understanding of the world and provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
We currently teach the four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in Spanish and French. The way we teach languages at Glan-y-Môr is very accessible. All students start on a level footing and it is a real opportunity for those with different needs to excel. Lessons are taught using a variety of methods and supported by a wide range of resources.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
As a department we feel strongly that contact with native speakers and visits abroad are an important aspect of foreign language learning. We organise regular visits to France and Spain through which pupils gain a valuable insight into life in other countries. We also encourage the exchange of information by email and letter with pupils in both France and Spanish speaking countries.
We also offer extra support sessions for pupils in KS3 & KS4, during morning registration, at lunchtime and after school.
Pupils who join the school (after Year 7) with no knowledge of Spanish and / or French attend catch-up sessions during morning registration time to support their learning.
GCSE pupils who need extra support preparing for controlled assessments attend support sessions, both at lunchtime and after school.
We have a Latin club starting, where pupils will be given the opportunity to learn Latin in a fun way with students from Swansea University.
KEY STAGE 3
In Year 7 all pupils study Spanish .They learn to speak and write about themselves, their families and school. Year 7 pupils are introduced to the basic language patterns and grammatical features which gives them an understanding of how the language works. They are also taught skills in order to better equip them throughout their language learning experience at Glan-y-Môr, such as dictionary skills and pronunciation strategies.
In Years 8 and 9, pupils continue to study Spanish and some are also studying French. We further develop some of themes that they first became familiar within in year 7 and introduce new topics such as house and home, town, daily routine, time, freetime, sports, hobbies and food.
In conjunction with our study of various topics pupils are also introduced to Present, Past and Future tenses.
KEY STAGE 4
At present we have 2 GCSE Spanish classes in both Years 10 & 11.
Pupils continue studying and developing many of the themes already covered in KS3, equipping themselves for success at GCSE level. We are very proud of our record of high exam results in Spanish.
60% of the GCSE Spanish exam is made up of controlled assessments completed in the classroom, during the course. (see below)
SUMMARY OF ASSESSMENT
Unit 1: Listening (20%) Exam 35-45 mins (May of Year 11)
(Listening Comprehension with non-verbal responses and verbal responses in English).
Unit 2: Speaking (30%) Controlled Assessment
2 tasks: Structured conversation and presentation and discussion.
Unit 3: Reading (20%) (exam)
Reading comprehension with non-verbal and verbal responses in English.
Unit 4: Writing (30%) Controlled Assessment
2 written tasks from different contexts (see below)
Within the broad contexts, the following areas will be included:
Personal and social life
Self, family, friends, home life, shopping, meals, healthy living, illness and accident, free time, fashion, relationships, future plans.
Home town, school, education, local environment, pollution, recycling, local facilities, comparisons with other towns and regions, weather and seasons.
The World of Work
Work experience, part-time jobs, future careers, technology (sending messages, accessing information).
The Wider World
Travel and holidays, media social issues (e.g. life of young people today, homelessness, crime, drugs, healthy living, religion, politics), life in the countries and communities where the language is spoken.
Revision Resources and Weblinks
The awarding body for the Spanish & French GCSE qualifications
Spanish revision sites with interactive activities
French revision sites with interactive activities
WatchTV programmes and news, listen to music in French
Watch TV programmes and the news, listen to music in Spanish
Search engines in French and Spanish
Youtube – Search for ‘Extra en español’ or ‘Extra en français’– It’s an up-to-date, fun series in Spanish and French based on the series ‘Friends’. It has subtitles for great Listening and Reading practice. There are 13 episodes to watch and enjoy.
There are also many songs, short clips and fun videos to enjoy in French and Spanish on the Youtube website. Remember, the more you can listen to the language, the more vocabulary and confidence you build, hence better results in exams!