Approach to Teaching
Learning a foreign language is a skill that is becoming increasingly important in the global village that we live in and we are delighted to be able to offer two languages at St Edmund’s; French and Spanish. In lessons, pupils will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing whilst practising strategies to help them with language learning. Pupils are encouraged to take an interest in different cultures and other countries through a variety of projects, ICT tasks and creative activities.
French is taught in Years 7, 8 & 9 and in Year 9 some pupils will also have the opportunity to learn Spanish.
Pupils are set according to ability which helps them to progress and develop self-confidence. At times they learn independently using dictionaries, interactive language software and laptops. They are encouraged to speak using role-plays and educational games and will be assessed both by peer assessment and teacher assessment.
Cultural trips to France are offered in Years 7 and 8 and a trip to Spain in Years 9 and 10.
Language learning has been proved to help with the development of a variety of personal skills such as literacy, thinking skills and self-confidence.
Key Stage 3 content (Year 7-9)
A broad and exciting range of topics is taught covering:
Hobbies and interests.
Food and drinks.
French and Spanish speaking countries.
All these topics are tailored to the pupils’ interests.
Pupils will work from NC Levels 2 to 7 according to their ability. They will have the opportunity to learn a variety of tenses and use opinions to clearly communicate messages to native speakers.
Key Stage 4 content (Year 10-11)
Examination Board: WJEC
In Key Stage 4 pupils are prepared for GCSE exams in both French and Spanish.
|Controlled Writing: 30%||Reading: 20%|
|Listening: 20%||Speaking (Individual tests): 30%|
The acquisition of a GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language will undoubtedly be important whatever chosen career. A skill in French could be a passport to a better job either here or abroad. Alternatively, being able to communicate in another language could ensure that future foreign holidays are truly enjoyable and not fraught with misunderstanding!
The course in French or Spanish is a continuation of work in Years 7 to 9 and builds upon it.
The content of the 2-year course covers the following board contexts:
Personal and social life.
The local community.
The World of Work.
The wider world.
Great emphasis is placed on active oral work for effective communication and also in listening, reading and writing in French and Spanish. These skills, whether they are modest or highly developed, will be of benefit to all in lives to come, be it for personal pleasure, for all sorts of work in Europe, for holidays and travel.
GCSE French and Spanish will be of value in itself or as a base for further studies post-16.
Assessment is via controlled written and speaking assessments, and regular unit tests with examinations at the end of Year 10 and Mocks in Year 11. The differentiated entry pattern depends on assessed work during the two-year course: final grades depend on the final written and oral assessments and final examinations.