Modern Languages

Welcome to Modern Foreign Languages

Our department has high standards and aspirations of learning and teaching, celebrating the achievement, knowledge and background of every student.

We provide a curriculum which cultivates active student learning as we embed languages in class routines and school life. Our curriculum recognises and provides for individual differences, abilities and interests as we also endeavour to offer more unusual language learning opportunities for Gifted and Talented language learners.

We strive to cultivate a life-long love of languages by exploring together new and exciting cultures and sharing the value and joy of communication. We aim to inspire our pupils to be passionate, enthusiastic and independent language learners. We want pupils to feel that the language learning experience is rewarding and fun and to open their eyes to the wonderful world in which we live!

Department Structure

Both French and German are taught in the MFL Department, both of which are compulsory in Key Stage 3 and optional at KS4.

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Key Stage 3 French

Throughout Key Stage 3 we use the brand new French resource Studio, which we purchased in 2013. The Studio course is designed to ease transition from Primary to Year 7 and move every pupil's learning at a faster pace, right through to Year 9. Studio is the newest publication around and we believe it provides the right stimulation, challenge and enjoyment for our pupils. For Year 8 and 9 pupils, we also use tiered books (higher and foundation) in order to best cater for your child's learning needs.

All pupils in Years 7 to 9 are issued with a copy of Studio 1, 2 or 3, in which each chapter contains vocabulary lists and grammar explanations which provide valuable support at home, both for homework and in preparation for the end of unit examinations. We hope that by having a resource which our pupils can use both in school and at home, they will make excellent progress and enjoy their language learning.

For the Studio course, we have uploaded onto Moodle, two practice worksheets for what pupils will be working on each week. Furthermore, in each Learning Programme, we have written what the pupils will cover each week and have also included the Speaking Test Questions they will need to prepare for each assessment. Please take some time to explore both Moodle and the Learning Programmes with your child.

How could I support my child in KS3 French?

  1. We cover, on average, one double page of the Studio textbook per week. Therefore, they could go over the passages, grammar explanations and vocabulary in advance of each lesson. This will help them be more confident in class as they will have seen new words already. It is always useful to look ahead in the textbook.
  2. At the end of each chapter in the textbook, there is a double page of vocabulary and a double page of grammar exercises. Regular revision of these pages would be very useful.
  3. The Learning Programmes, available on the school website, should help them know where we are up to in the course and target revision. All of the questions for the Speaking examinations are here and can be prepared in advance.
  4. They could use this website http://www.atantot.com to learn new language and hear songs etc. (Please ask the subject teacher for log on details) They should click KS3 French and pick a topic for revision. Or http://www.atantot-extra.co.uk/  (same usename and password). Pick a game and a topic for some fun games! www.memrise.com is another excellent website for practising and learning vocabulary, and at the start of the year, pupils will be given a link code to follow, which will then allow them to sign up to, or log in to a course which has been solely created for them.
  5. Log on to the school website and log in to Moodle. Mr Green will help if they have any problems logging in. On Moodle, under Year 7 French for example, they will find two pages of practice exercises per double page in the textbook which they can download and work though.
  6. If they ever miss a lesson or a part of a lesson, they should find out from a friend or visit their teacher to catch up on the work from that lesson.
  7. Come to Language Club every Monday and Thursday lunchtime at 13.20 for help or to practise with other language learners.

Key Stage 3 German

We follow the new Stimmt course for Key Stage 3 pupils. The Stimmt course is perfect for beginners and will push pupils to achieve their potential in the study of this new and exciting language. Stimmt is the newest publication around and we believe it provides the right stimulation, challenge and enjoyment for our pupils.

All pupils in Year 7 are issued with a copy of Stimmt 1, in which each chapter contains vocabulary lists and grammar explanations which provide valuable support at home, both for homework and in preparation for the end of unit examinations. We hope that by having a resource which our pupils can use both in school and at home, they will make excellent progress and enjoy their language learning. Pupils in Years 8 and 9 will use resources from the Stimmt 2 book which will be provided in class.

For the Stimmt course, we have uploaded onto Moodle two practice worksheets for what pupils will be working on each week.

Furthermore, in each Learning Programme, we have written what the pupils will cover each week and have also included the Speaking Test questions they will need to prepare for each assessment. Please take some time to explore both Moodle and the Learning Programmes with your child.

How could I support my child in KS3 German?

  1. The Learning Programmes, available on the school website, should help them know where we are up to in the course and target revision. All of the questions for the Speaking examinations are here and can be prepared in advance.
  2. They could use this website http://www.atantot.com to learn new language and hear songs etc. (Please ask the subject teacher for log on details) They should click KS3 German and pick a topic for revision. Or http://www.atantot-extra.co.uk/  (same usename and password). Pick a game and a topic for some fun games! http://www.memrise.com is another excellent website for practising and learning vocabulary, and at the start of the year, pupils will be given a link code to follow, which will then allow them to sign up to, or log in to a course which has been solely created for them.
  3. If they ever miss a lesson or a part of a lesson, they should find out from a friend or visit their teacher to catch up on the work from that lesson.
  4. In preparation for each of the examinations, a vocabulary sheet is glued into their book at the start of the module. Regular revision of this sheet would enable them to be more confident in class as they will have seen the words which appear in class already.
  5. Regular revision of class notes would be useful and all texts and passages should be read as much as possible.
  6. Log on to the school website and log in to Moodle. Mr Green will help if they have any problems logging in. On Moodle, under Year 7 German for example, they will find two pages of practice exercises per double page in the textbook which they can download and work though.
  7. Come to Language Club every Monday and Thursday lunchtime at 13.20 for help or to practise with other language learners.

GCSE French and German

A GCSE language course is excellent for pupils who enjoy communicating and learning about different countries and cultures, and it creates greater job opportunities.

In French pupils will follow the AQA full course Specification 4655 and in German the AQA full course specification 4665. During the two years pupils will build on their knowledge from KS3 and they will be assessed in the following four skill areas: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. In Listening and Reading there are two tiers of assessment: Foundation (grades C - G), and Higher (grades A*-C). Pupils may be entered for either Foundation or Higher level in each of these two skills. Speaking and Writing are untiered and differentiation is by outcome.

How could I support my child in KS4 French?

  1. The Learning Programmes, available on the school website, should help them know where we are up to in the course and target revision.
  2. They could use this website http://www.atantot.com to learn new language and hear songs etc. (Please ask the subject teacher for log on details) They should click KS4 French and pick a topic for revision. Or http://www.atantot-extra.co.uk/ (same usename and password). Pick a game and a topic for some fun games! http://www.memrise.com is another excellent website for practising and learning vocabulary, and at the start of the year, pupils will be given a link code to follow, which will then allow them to sign up to, or log in to a course which has been solely created for them.
  3. If they ever miss a lesson or a part of a lesson, they should find out from a friend or visit their teacher to catch up on the work from that lesson.
  4. Use the AQA specification vocabulary list to revise Foundation and Higher tier vocabulary. Please ask the subject teacher for a copy with translations.
  5. Regular revision of classnotes and supplementary worksheets would be useful and all texts and passages should be read as much as possible.
  6. Log on to the school website and log in to Moodle to find extra exercises and explanations. Mr Green will help if they have any problems logging in.
  7. Come to Language Club every Monday and Thursday lunchtime at 13.20 for help, to try past examination papers or to practise with other language learners.

How could I support my child in KS4 German?

  1. The Learning Programmes, available on the school website, should help them know where we are up to in the course and target revision.
  2. They could use this website http://www.atantot.com to learn new language and hear songs etc. (Please ask the subject teacher for log on details) They should click KS4 German and pick a topic for revision. Or http://www.atantot-extra.co.uk/ (same usename and password). Pick a game and a topic for some fun games! http://www.memrise.com is another excellent website for practising and learning vocabulary, and at the start of the year, pupils will be given a link code to follow, which will then allow them to sign up to, or log in to a course which has been solely created for them.
  3. If they ever miss a lesson or a part of a lesson, they should find out from a friend or visit their teacher to catch up on the work from that lesson.
  4. We cover, on average, one double page of the textbook Echo 4 per week. Therefore, they could go over the passages, grammar explanations and vocabulary in advance of each lesson. This will help them be more confident in class as they will have seen new words already. It is always useful to look ahead in the textbook.
  5. At the end of each chapter in the textbook, there is a double page of vocabulary and a double page of grammar exercises. Regular revision of these pages would be very useful.
  6. Regular revision of class notes would be useful and all texts and passages should be read as much as possible.
  7. Log on to the school website and log in to Moodle to find extra exercises and explanations. Mr Green will help if they have any problems logging in.
  8. Come to Language Club every Monday and Thursday lunchtime at 13.20 for help, to try past examination papers or to practise with other language learners.

Course Overviews

Assessment Schedule for Year 11 ONLY from September 2016

Controlled Speaking Assessment 2 (15%) – Year 11 Autumn Term

- French 'Free Time and Leisure'
- German 'Am I Fit and Healthy'

Controlled Speaking Assessment 2 (15%) – Year11 Spring Term

- French 'Holidays'
- German 'Home and Local Area'

Listening examination (20%) June – Year 11

Reading examination (20%) June - Year11

Gifted and Talented

The MFL Department run a Russian Club exclusively for pupils who we consider to be Gifted and Talented in Languages. The formal course runs every Thursday lunchtime from 13.20 for the top G+T pupils in each year. The course will prepare pupils for an Entry Level 2 Award in Russian Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing in Key Stage 3 and the Entry Level 3 Award in Russian Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing for Key Stage 4. St. Bede's is registered as a centre with the ABC Award governing body.

Resources given to Pupils

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Also, in the exercise book, each pupil should be issued with a coloured sheet containing the following information:

* Progress chart to record end of module examination results, levels and future targets.
* The MFL behaviour Policy.
* Grade Descriptors with a grammar focus.
* Target language for use in the classroom by teachers and pupils.
* What day their homework is is set and due each week.

Use of Target Language

At St. Bede's, one of our primary aims is to teach our students to communicate with people in a foreign language and clearly a natural place for this communication to begin is within the language classroom. Optimum use of the target language is a central aim of MFL in the National Curriculum, and this is reflected in all our teaching. However, it is also essential that students understand what is required of them, and we understand that a few words in English at crucial points in the lesson will do more to alleviate misunderstanding than a great deal of attempted explanation in the target language can do.

Homework

Pupils should record the homework in their planners and when it is due. Parents can use the planners as well as the Learning Programmes which are available to download from the school website as a liaison link with school.
* In Year 7, one piece of homework is set per week for each language; this can be an exercise from the textbook, a piece of written work or a learning homework.
* In Years 8 and 9, for the single lesson language, one piece of homework is set every two weeks. For their double language lesson, one piece of homework is set per week, both of which again can be an exercise from the textbook, a piece of written work or a learning homework.
* Pupils have got their homework set days and collection days written on their Progress Booklet.

Assessment

Below is an outline of all of the Assessments in Key Stages 3 and 4:

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GCSE Results 2016

A* - C
French 74.6%

3 or more Levels of Progress 71%

4 or more Levels of Progress 33%

German 55.6%

3 or more Levels of Progress 50%

4 or more Levels of Progress 25%

 

 

French Learning Programmes

Year 7 Half Term 1

Year 7 Half Term 2

Year 7 Half Term 3

Year 7 Half Term 4

Year 7 Half Term 5

Year 7 Half Term 6

Year 8 Half Term 1

Year 8 Half Term 2

Year 8 Half Term 3

Year 8 Half Term 4

Year 8 Half Term 5

Year 8 Half Term 6

Year 9 Half Term 1

Year 9 Half Term 2

Year 9 Half Term 3

Year 9 Half Term 4

Year 9 Half Term 5

Year 9 Half Term 6

Year 10 Half Term 1

Year 10 Half Term 2

Year 10 Half Term 3

Year 10 Half Term 4

Year 10 Half Term 5

Year 10 Half Term 6

Year 11 Half Term 1

Year 11 Half Term 2

Year 11 Half Term 3

Year 11 Half Term 4

Year 11 Half Term 5

 

 

 

Year 7 Half Term 1

Year 7 Half Term 2

Year 7 Half Term 3

Year 7 Half Term 4

Year 7 Half Terms 5+6

 

Year 8 Half Term 1+2

Year 8 Half Term 3+4

Year 8 Half Term 5+6

 

 Year 9 Half Term 1+2

Year 9 Half Term 3+4

 Year 9 Half Term 5+6

 

Year 10 Half Term 1

Year 10 Half Term 2

Year 10 Half Term 3

Year 10 Half Term 4

Year 10 Half Term 5

Year 10 Half Term 6

 

Year 11 Half Term 1

Year 11 Half Term 2

Year 11 Half Term 3

Year 11 Half Term 4

Year 11 Half Term 5

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Staff

Mrs C Williams/ Mrs E Gallagher -  Joint Acting Curriculum Leaders

Mr A Rawlinson