Bonjour! The principal aim of the languages faculty is that pupils are able to communicate in a foreign language. Even where levels of attainment are low, pupils are given the means by which they can make contact with people from foreign countries.
Year 7
Year 8
GCSE French
GCSE Spanish
What will my child learn about in French this year? Discovery Students will discover how to use basic French to describe facts about themselves (name, age, birthday etc.) They will discover how to ask for things and follow instructions in the French classroom. Learners will begin their voyage of discovery of the French language, beginning with phonics and rules of pronunciation. They will hear songs and watch videos, looking out for patterns. They will also learn differences such as word order, masculine and feminine. Students will learn some basic facts about French culture- what do you know about France? They will also be discovering apps and websites on iPads that will help them learn. Celebration Students will celebrate the linguistic and cultural differences between the UK and the French speaking world. They will be focusing on colour and describing some scenes from festivals in different countries. They will be learning how to ask and answer basic questions relating to parties/ meeting new people and celebrations. Also, how Christmas is celebrated in different French-speaking countries, including traditional Christmas songs. They will listen to and read songs and other authentic materials to enhance reading and listening skills. Creativity Students will focus on developing descriptions of themselves, other people and animals. They will describe physical appearance and character, paying attention to language rules about adjectives and key verbs être and avoir. Students will create and describe an imaginary creature in French There will be a focus on famous French paintings, giving opinions on them and describing some of the characters. Balance Students will be focusing on the theme of food and drink. They will be balancing opinions by giving reasons and learning how to extend sentences. They will be learning about two way conversations in the context of food shopping. Students will be learning about paying in Euros, higher numbers and budgeting. They will make comparisons between foods. Students will be looking at the 'Very Hungry Caterpillar’ in French and adapting the structure to tell their own story. What type of homework will be set? There will be regular vocabulary to learn with a brief test at the beginning of the next lesson. Reading and writing will also be set to encourage independence in the foreign language. iPad homeworks will include research, video and audio recordings. How will my child be assessed in MFL this year? Students will have vocabulary test scores recorded They will be assessed in reading/writing/speaking/listening throughout the year and during assessment weeks. How can I support my child’s learning at home? You can spend time with your child helping them to learn their vocabulary. The academy is a member of www.linguascope.com (your child will be given a logon for this). There are many iPad apps including Mindsnacks and Duolingo that are useful. Also Quizlet and Memrise websites- search for French materials. Encourage your child to embrace French films, music, cartoons or sports commentary- most of these can be found online or on digital TV channels
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What will my child learn about in French this year? Risk Students will: Describe illnesses and injuries in French. Describe and understand events in the past leading to injury or risk. Pick out key details from scenarios of a nightmare holiday: food poisoning, hotel room complaints, dangerous activities, lost passport, stolen belongings. Focus on opinions, using authentic hotel reviews to make positive/negative judgements. Interpretation Students will: Be able to follow and give directions to places in a town and interpret signs. Understand and take part in conversations relating to shopping. Learn how to talk about fashion and describe a fashion show, interpreting different styles and themes. Interpret both spoken and written French from authentic materials, including translation skills and dictations. Learn a song in Spanish and apply translation skills they have learned in French. Examine the problems relating to online translator tools and why these should be avoided. Identity Students will: Watch a film in French and discuss themes, characters and plot. Give extended opinions on the film. Talk about their own preferences for film and TV and compare them to French TV/ film. Look at greetings and examine cultural differences around the words and gestures used. Watch a video about clichés and stereotypes in France, with listening and reading activities included. Examine British attitudes to learning foreign languages and the impact of this. Structures Students will: Learn about structures relating to school, such as school rules, timetables, uniform and daily routine. Describe and compare a past bad day and future good day at school. Learn about school life in French-speaking countries. Learn language for rules and obligation- modal verbs (on doit/ on peut) and commands. Advertise Abbey Grange Academy to a French audience using promotional language. Review verb tenses and write a story in a variety of tenses. What type of homework will be set? There will be regular vocabulary to learn with a brief test at the beginning of the next lesson. Reading and writing will also be set to encourage independence in the foreign language. iPad homeworks will include research, video and audio recordings. How will my child be assessed in MFL this year? Students will have vocabulary test scores recorded They will be assessed in reading/writing/speaking/listening throughout the year and during assessment weeks. How can I support my child’s learning at home? You can spend time with your child helping them to learn their vocabulary. The academy is a member of www.linguascope.com (your child will be given a logon for this). There are many iPad apps including Mindsnacks and Duolingo that are useful. Also Quizlet and Memrise websites- search for French materials. Encourage your child to embrace French films, music, cartoons or sports commentary- most of these can be found online or on digital TV channels.
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What will I learn? The topics covered in GCSE French are as follows: Theme 1: Identity and culture Me, my family and friends Technology in everyday life Free-time activities Customs and festivals in French speaking countries/ communities Theme 2: local, national, international and global areas of interests. Home town, neighbourhood and region Social issues Global issues Travel and tourism Theme 3: Current and future studies and employment My studies Life at school Education Post-16 Jobs, career choices and ambitions You will develop key skills in the areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing. As well as studying the language, students will also have the opportunity to explore the cultural and social aspects of French speaking society. How will I be assessed? The new French GCSE will be assessed by three written papers at the end of Year 11 and a final speaking exam. There is no coursework element to the new GCSE. The key skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing are all worth 25% each of the overall GCSE grade which is awarded on a scale of 1 to 9, 9 being the top grade. There is tiered entry and students can be entered for Foundation or Higher tier papers. What could I move onto? With languages the world is your oyster and Britain is desperately short of linguists in the current business and economic climate. Studying a language at GCSE allows progression to study at A Level where students find a language can be combined with any other subjects to add breadth to their KS5 options. Languages are also an incredible asset in all areas of work and they will give you excellent career options in today’s international market place. Knowledge of another language makes you more employable and will help you to stand out in a future university or job application.
Exam Board: AQA Course title and type of qualification: GCSE French Links & Resources
What will I learn? The topics covered in GCSE Spanish are as follows; Theme 1: Identity and culture Me, my family and friends Technology in everyday life Free-time activities Customs and festivals in Spanish speaking countries/ communities Theme 2: local, national, international and global areas of interests. Home town, neighbourhood and region Social issues Global issues Travel and tourism Theme 3: Current and future studies and employment My studies Life at school Education Post-16 Jobs, career choices and ambitions You will develop key skills in the areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing. As well as studying the language, students will also have the opportunity to explore the cultural and social aspects of Spanish speaking society. How will I be assessed? The new Spanish GCSE will be assessed by three written papers at the end of Year 11 and a final speaking exam. There is no coursework element to the new GCSE. The key skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing are all worth 25% each of the overall GCSE grade which is awarded on a scale of 1 to 9, 9 being the top grade. There is tiered entry and students can be entered for Foundation or Higher tier papers. What could I move onto? With languages the world is your oyster and Britain is desperately short of linguists in the current business and economic climate. Studying a language at GCSE allows progression to study at A Level where students find a language can be combined with any other subjects to add breadth to their KS5 options. Languages are also an incredible asset in all areas of work and they will give you excellent career options in today’s international market place. Knowledge of another language makes you more employable and will help you to stand out in a future university or job application.
Exam Board: AQA Course title and type of qualification: GCSE Spanish Links & Resources
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