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Claydon High School

Modern Foreign Languages

Head of Faculty: Ms J Bexley

There are many benefits to learning a foreign language: - you can travel the world, meet new people, improve your memory and universities and employers love linguists too!

At Claydon High School, French and Spanish is currently taught to all students in Year 7 in mixed ability groups. For Years 8 and 9, students select one of these languages and many continue with French or Spanish into GCSE.

The French classes use the Studio course throughout KS3, following either the Rouge or Vert course depending on ability. In Spanish, students use the Viva course in Years 7, 8 and 9.

Students are taught to listen, speak, read and write in the foreign language through a range of activities. Staff conduct their lessons as much as possible in either French or Spanish and students regularly use audio and video clips to help them develop their listening skills. Spontaneous speaking is encouraged through pair/group work, songs and games. For GCSE students there is also the opportunity to speak with a native French or Spanish speaker during the year. Reading skills are developed through the use of whole class reading comprehensions, dictionary work and languages websites. Written work develops from simple statements about themselves in Year 7 to extended writing on a range of topics such as healthy living and the environment at GSCE. 

Key Stage 3

What will I learn?

In KS3 students study four modules per year in each language:

French and Spanish 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9 

Personal Information  

Free Time

My Social Life

School

Travelling

Healthy Living

Hobbies

My Identity

Future Plans

My Town

Where I Live

Holidays 

How will I be assessed?

There are regular assessments each term and weekly homework tasks which includes vocabulary testing and grammar practise. Students receive regular feedback on how make progress. There are end of year exams in the four skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing - for every year group. 

 

Key Stage 4 French

Why should I choose this subject?

Students study French so that they can understand and use the language effectively for the purposes of practical communication. By exploring the culture of French-speaking countries they are encouraged to develop a positive attitude towards speakers of French and other foreign cultures more generally. Students aiming to achieve the EBacc will need to select either Geography or History in combination with a language.

What exams are there?

The course is assessed through an examination in two tiers: Higher (grades 9-5) and Foundation (grades 5-1). The Higher level papers are usually longer than the Foundation papers. The assessment covers the four skill areas below, which are weighted as follows:

  • Listening (25%): Students listen to pre-recorded material using native speakers. Their comprehension is tested by a range of question types, mainly requiring answers in English.
  • Speaking (25%): This is made up of a role play, a photo card and general conversation. It lasts between 10 and 12 minutes and will be conducted by the class teacher.
  • Reading (25%): Reading comprehension skills are tested by a range of question types, including a translation normally requiring answers in French.
  • Writing (25%): Students complete a series of essay questions and a translation from English to French.

Where will this subject take me?

This course provides an essential preparation for studying French at Sixth Form or simply for enjoying the language in a leisure context. Students wishing to study languages at university are encouraged to pursue a second language, although this can be taken up at university. A foreign language is a valuable secondary skill in many careers and an A-Level language is highly valued by employers, particularly as our links with Europe and the rest of the world evolve.  Many universities look favourably on students with language qualifications, both GCSE and A Level.  Many now offer degree courses in which a foreign language can be studied as a subsidiary subject, or jointly e.g. Law and French, Engineering and French, Music and French etc.

What will I learn?

Progress is made by acquiring vocabulary in the language and understanding the grammar so that students are able to communicate with increasing ease. Students need to be able to read and listen to the language as well as speak and write it, in order to achieve a passable grade.

 

Key Stage 4 Spanish

Why should I choose this subject?

Students study Spanish so that they can understand and use the language effectively for the purposes of practical communication. By exploring the culture of Spain and Spanish speaking countries they are encouraged to develop a positive attitude towards other cultures more generally.

What exams are there?

The course is assessed through an examination in two tiers: Higher (grades 9-5) and Foundation (grades 5-1) The Higher level papers are usually longer than the Foundation papers. The assessment covers the four skill areas, which are weighted as follows:

  • Listening (25%): Students listen to pre-recorded material using native speakers. Their comprehension is tested by a range of question types, mainly requiring answers in English.
  • Speaking (25%): This is made up of a role play, a photo card and general conversation. It lasts between 10 and 12 minutes and will be conducted by the class teacher.
  • Reading (25%): Reading comprehension skills are tested by a range of question types, including a translation normally requiring answers in Spanish.
  • Writing (25%): Students complete a series of essay questions and a translation from English to Spanish.

Where will this subject take me?

This course provides an essential preparation for studying Spanish at Sixth Form or simply for enjoying the language in a leisure context. Students wishing to study languages at university are encouraged to pursue a second language, although this can be taken up at university. A foreign language is a valuable secondary skill in many careers and an A-Level language is highly valued by employers, particularly as our links with Europe and the rest of the world evolve.  Many universities look favourably on students with language qualifications, both GCSE and A Level.  Many now offer degree courses in which a foreign language can be studied as a subsidiary subject, or jointly, e.g. Chemistry and Spanish, Law and Spanish, Business Studies and Spanish etc.

What will I learn?

Progress is made by acquiring vocabulary and understanding the grammar so that students are able to communicate with increasing ease. They need to read and listen to the language as well as to speak and write it in order to achieve a passable grade.