Modern Foreign Languages
The Modern Languages Department aims to enable students across all age and ability ranges to study foreign languages with success and pleasure.
Students will be encouraged to:
• develop the ability to understand foreign languages effectively for the purposes of practical communication.
• develop the ability to use foreign languages imaginatively and creatively.
• develop an understanding of the structures, grammar and nature of foreign languages.
• enhance study skills, in particular language learning skills.
• appreciate the culture and civilisation of foreign countries, sometimes through visits abroad.
• adopt positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to native speakers of the language.
• use skills which have wider application, such as information technology.
• consider pursuing the study of languages to a higher level where appropriate and desirable.
Key Stage 5
Any Year 12 student may opt to learn French, German or Spanish, if they have studied it to GCSE.
Facilities and Resources
The Department has four dedicated classrooms, including a 28 station digitised audio language laboratory. There is also a room for the assistant's lessons and 6th Form study with widescreen TV, TV DVD monitor and two computers. Each classroom has DVD facilities. All rooms have a computer and amplifier through which to play sound recordings and a data projector. Two ICT rooms are easily accessible.
Each language in each year is supported by a specialist course. Pupils at KS4 and KS5 follow the AQA OUP course which is also benefits from the Kerboodle website and can be accessed from home. For all languages software is available, ranging from the Interactive TaskMagic exercise/game generating software to the PowerPoint-based Boardworks.
The Department is also making increasing use of Google Classroom so that pupils can easily access resources and communicate easily with their class teacher.
Trips and visits
To enhance the students' feel and understanding for their language learning and to give them first-hand insight in to the socio-cultural backgrounds of the languages which they are learning pupils are strongly encouraged to participate in the visits abroad and other cultural activities laid on by the Department.
a) In recent years joining forces with the DT and Art Departments 6th Form pupils have visited Barcelona at a similar time in October.
b) In recent years, joining forces with the Maths Department 6th Form pupils have visited Brussels or Paris at a similar time in October
Students, especially older ones, are encouraged to make trips abroad by their own initiative. Information about gap years and work experience abroad is posted from time to time on Departmental noticeboards.
The Department also arranges a number of trips to support pupils’ learning and promote interest in the learning of languages and the encourage curiosity about the cultures of their chosen language. This academic year there have been a number of trips: including Y12 & 13 French and Spanish trip to Manchester University and the Y11, 12 & 13 Spanish trip to the Royal Exchange theatre.
The Department is dedicated to providing a wide variety of learning opportunities. We currently offer a Russian Club and an Italian Club, as well as support and revision sessions.
We also encourage participation in a number of regional, nationwide and indeed international competitions including the Young Translator’s competition for Sixth Form in November and the Northern Schools MFL Debating Competition.