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!


The MFL Department are delighted to have been awarded the prestigious status of a 'Smart Choice: German School' by the Goethe Institute in the summer of 2018. The institute is a German cultural association, which operates worldwide, promoting the study of the German language abroad and encouraging international cultural exchanges and relations. The Institute was founded and is funded by the German Government. We have received such an accolade as we have a firm commitment to the teaching and learning of German here at St Bede's. German, together with French, has been taught here since our opening in 1967. We aim to do everything possible to make St. Bede's pupils stand out from the crowd; by learning German, our pupils benefit from a broader and more ambitious curriculum. We also recognise the practical and economic reasons for studying German and want to convey this as much as possible to our pupils. As a small school, when so many of our neighbouring secondary schools study Spanish, it is wonderful that our passion for German has been recognised and we have received such an honour.

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. 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.
6. Come to Language Club every Monday and Thursday lunchtime at 13.20 for help or to practise with other language learners.
7. Ensure that your child has access to Classcharts so that they are able to see and listen to any work we have set as homework.

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. Come to Language Club every Monday and Thursday lunchtime at 13.20 for help or to practise with other language learners.
7. Ensure that your child has access to Classcharts so that they are able to see and listen to any work we have set as homework.

 

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 8658 and in German the AQA full course specification 8668. 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 1-5), and Higher (grades 4-9). The most appropriate tier will be decided upon in Year 11, after extensive discussion between pupil, home and school.


How could I support my child in KS4 French?


1. Pupils have their own copy of the Studio GCSE textbook. 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 numerous pages of grammar explanations and exercises at the back of the book. Regular revision of these pages would be very useful.
3. Your child has been invited to purchase a Grammar and Translation Workbook, as extension work to the textbook, to focus on any gaps in their knowledge.
4. The Learning Programmes, available on the school website, should help them know where we are up to in the course and target revision.
5. 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.
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. Use the AQA specification vocabulary list to revise Foundation and Higher tier vocabulary. Please ask the subject teacher for a copy with translations.
8. Regular revision of classnotes and supplementary worksheets would be useful and all texts and passages should be read as much as possible.
9. Ensure that your child has access to Classcharts so that they are able to see and listen to any work we have set as homework.
10. 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.
11. We run GCSE Revision sessions every Tuesday and Wednesday after school 3.15-4.00 for Year 11 pupils and encourage pupils to attend.


How could I support my child in KS4 German?


1. Pupils have their own copy of the Stimmt GCSE textbook. 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 numerous pages of grammar explanations and exercises at the back of the book. Regular revision of these pages would be very useful.
3. Your child has been invited to purchase a Grammar and Translation Workbook, as extension work to the textbook, to focus on any gaps in their knowledge.
4. The Learning Programmes, available on the school website, should help them know where we are up to in the course and target revision.
5. 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.
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. Use the AQA specification vocabulary list to revise Foundation and Higher tier vocabulary. Please ask the subject teacher for a copy with translations.
8. Regular revision of classnotes and supplementary worksheets would be useful and all texts and passages should be read as much as possible.
9. Ensure that your child has access to Classcharts so that they are able to see and listen to any work we have set as homework.
10. 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.
11. We run GCSE Revision sessions every Tuesday and Wednesday after school 3.15-4.00 for Year 11 pupils and encourage pupils to attend.

Course Overviews

We follow the AQA GCSE French and German course which are identical in content and assessment.

Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based.
Theme 1: Identity and culture
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

The GCSE courses have a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.


Paper 1: Listening


What's assessed
Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language
How it's assessed
• Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)
• 40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)
• 25% of GCSE
(Each exam includes 5 minutes' reading time of the question paper before the listening stimulus is played.)
Questions
Foundation Tier and Higher Tier
• Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
• Section B – questions in German, to be answered in German or non-verbally

Paper 2: Speaking
What's assessed
Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes
How it's assessed
• Non-exam assessment
• 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time
• 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time
• 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
• 25% of GCSE
Questions
Foundation Tier and Higher Tier
The format is the same at Foundation Tier and Higher Tier, but with different stimulus questions for the Photo card and different stimulus materials for the Role-play. The timings are different too:
• Role-play – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at Higher Tier)
• Photo card – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)
• General conversation – 30 marks (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier)

Paper 3: Reading
What's assessed
Understanding and responding to different types of written language
How it's assessed
• Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)
• 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
• 25% of GCSE
Questions
Foundation Tier and Higher Tier
• Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
• Section B – questions in German, to be answered in German or non-verbally
• Section C – translation from German into English (a minimum of 35 words at Foundation Tier and 50 words at Higher Tier)

Paper 4: Writing
What's assessed
Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes
How it's assessed
• Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)
• 50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier
• 25% of GCSE
Questions
Foundation Tier
• Question 1 – message (student produces four sentences in response to a photo) – 8 marks
• Question 2 – short passage (student writes a piece of continuous text in response to four brief bullet points, approximately 40 words in total) – 16 marks
• Question 3 – translation from English into German (minimum 35 words) – 10 marks
• Question 4 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks
Higher Tier
• Question 1 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks
• Question 2 – open-ended writing task (student responds to two compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 150 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 32 marks
• Question 3 – translation from English into German (minimum 50 words) – 12 marks

Able 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 AaT 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 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 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, listening work, through the use of Classcharts 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, listening work, through the use of Classcharts 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 2018

German 79% 9-4 Grades. (National average 75%)
French 74% 9-4 Grades. (National average 70%)

 

 

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

Galleries

Staff

Frau Williams – Curriculum Leader of Modern Foreign Languages

Madame Williams – Teacher of French, German and Russian

Mrs Gallagher – Teacher of French, German and Russian