Modern Languages

French, German & Spanish

We are a vibrant and innovative department consisting of a team of five enthusiastic and dedicated language teachers. We operate collaboratively and are passionate about our subject, working hard to inspire our pupils with a love of language and foreign culture.

In addition to our classroom activities, we run a successful French exchange programme with a Marist School in Toulon for years 9 and 10 pupils.  We are currently pursuing similar links with Marist schools in Spain and Germany. We have also established a variety of extra-curricular activities for pupils including our weekly Club Lingua and our monthly Bi-Lingual’s Club. In addition, all year 7 pupils take part in the Routes for Languages French Spelling Bee.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

All pupils study at least one language to GCSE. On arrival in year 7, they study French and follow the accelerated French course, Studio 1. At the end of year 7, pupils choose a second language, either Spanish or German, which they study until the end of year 9.  

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

All pupils study at least one language at GCSE either French, German or Spanish. We follow the Edexcel exam board for all of our MFL public exams.

The Edexcel GCSE in French/German/Spanish allows students to develop their ability to communicate with native speakers in both speech and writing. They will study across a variety of contexts relevant to their age and interests. They will also develop a greater awareness of culture of the target language communities and countries. Questions across all four language skills are set in common contexts, addressing a range of relevant contemporary & cultural themes. They are organised into five themes:

  • Identity & culture

  • Local area, holiday, travel

  • School

  • Future aspirations, study & work

  • International and global dimension

The new 9-1 grading system will replace A*-G grades and there will no longer be any controlled assessment. All papers will be set & marked by Edexcel. The papers will be tiered (Foundation or Higher), with 25% assessment weightings in each of the four skills of listening, reading, speaking & writing. Students must be entered for a single tier across all papers. They will complete their speaking assessment in April/May and all other assessments in May/June in any single year.

Paper will include:

  • Short translations from & into the target language

  • Some target-language questions in the reading & listening paper

  • Authentic stimuli in the reading paper, including literary texts

Beyond GCSE

This qualification offers a suitable progression route to GCE AS & GCE A Level in French, German or Spanish. In addition, the study of one language at GCSE can facilitate and help promote the learning of other languages. The qualification may also add to an individual’s employability profile. Students will be able to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding to authentic, real-life contexts. They will develop transferable skills that support higher education study and the transition to employment, together with an understanding & appreciation of the target language countries & cultures.

 

Key Stage 5 (AS/A Level)

Board: Edexcel

The new A level course will begin in September 2016. Students will sit the first new AS exam in Foreign Languages in June 2017. The first A Level (A2) exams in Foreign Languages will take place in June 2018.

Course Aims

The new Modern Foreign Languages A levels will inspire learners and give them skills for life, enabling them to use language independently and encouraging a deeper understanding of the integration between language and culture.  A variety of themes will cater for a range of student interests, and our qualifications will support students who see languages as a skill to enhance career or travel prospects, as well as those who want to continue to study languages at a higher level.

Assessment Overview

Paper 1: Listening,  reading and translation

1 hour and 50 minutes 40% of the qualification 64 marks

Section A: Listening (24 marks)

A listening assessment based on a recording, featuring male and female Target Language speakers. Students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contexts and sources.

Section B: Reading (28 marks)

A reading assessment based on a variety of text-types and genres where students will have to respond to comprehension questions

Section C: Translation into English (12 marks)

An unseen passage to be translated from Target Language to English.

Paper 2: Written response to work, grammar and translation

1 hour and 40 minutes 30% of the qualification 48 marks

This paper requires students to translate a previously unseen passage and complete a grammar exercise based on one of two themes. This paper also draws on the study of one discrete French/German/Spanish works: either one literary text or one film. The work must be taken from the prescribed list for each language. The literary texts listed include a range of classic and contemporary novels and one play. All of the films are feature length.

Students complete Section A and one question from either Section B or C

Section A: Translation and grammar (16 marks - 12 marks for translation and 4 marks for grammar). Students translate an unseen passage from English into Target Language, followed by a grammar exercise.

Section B: Written response to works (literary texts) (32 marks)

Students select one question from a choice of two for their chosen literary text. If a student answers one question in this section then they do not complete Section C.

Section C: Written response to works (films) (32 marks)

Students select one question from a choice of two for their chosen film. If a student answers a question in this section then they do not complete Section B.

Paper 3: Speaking

  • Internally conducted and externally assessed
  • Total assessment time: between 27 and 30 minutes, which includes a single period of 15 minutes formal preparation time
  • 30% of the qualification
  • 48 marks

Task 1 (28 marks) requires students to read and respond to two short texts based on the Theme Les changements dans la société française and then hold a discussion.

Task 2 (20 marks) is based on a discussion from the Theme La culture politique et artistique dans les pays francophones. Students will choose to discuss one sub-theme drawn from the main Theme.

Students will be assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively, summarise and understand written sources in speech, manipulate language accurately and show knowledge and understanding about the culture and society where the language is spoken.

 

 

 

For Paper 2, students must select for study two works from the list below. This can be either two literary texts or one literary text and one film.

French Prescribed Literary Works & Films

Literary texts

Boule de Suif (Un Duel, Deux Amis, La Mère Sauvage), Guy de Maupassant, 1880 (short story)

La Place, Annie Ernaux, 1983 (novel)

Le Blé en Herbe, Colette, 1923 (novel)

Le Château de ma Mère, Marcel Pagnol, 1957 (novel)

Le Gone du Chaâba, Azouz Begag, 2005 (novel)

Les Mains Sales, Jean-Paul Sartre, 1948 (play)

Les Petits Enfants du Siècle, Christiane Rochefort, 1961 (novel)

Le Tartuffe, Molière, 1669 (play)

L’Étranger, Albert Camus, 1942 (novel)

No et Moi, Delphine de Vigan, 2007 (novel)

Thérèse Desqueyroux, François Mauriac, 1927 (novel)

Un Sac de Billes, Joseph Joffo, 1973 (novel)

Films

Au Revoir les Enfants, dir. Louis Malle (1987)

Deux Jours, une Nuit, dirs. Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne (2014)

Entre les murs, dir. Laurent Cantet (2008)

Intouchables, dirs. Oliver Nakache, Eric Toledano (2011)

La Haine, dir. Mathieu Kassovitz (1995)

La Vie en Rose, dir. Olivier Dahan (2007)

Le Dernier Métro, dir. Françöis Truffaut (1980)

Les Choristes, dir. Christophe Barratier (2004)

Les 400 Coups, dir. Françöis Truffaut (1959)

Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles, dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2004)

German Prescribed literary texts and films

Literary texts

Andorra, Max Frisch, 1961 (play)

Der Besuch der alten Dame, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, 1956(play)

Der Vorleser, Bernhard Schlink, 1995(novel)

Die Entdeckung der Currywurst, Uwe Timm, 1993 (novella)

Die neuen Leiden des jungen W, Ulrich Plenzdorf, 1972 (novel)

Ich fühle mich so fifty-fifty, Karin König, 1994(novella)

Films

Das Leben der Anderen, dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (2006)

Das Wunder von Bern, dir. Sönke Wortmann (2003)

Die Welle, dir. Dennis Gansel (2008)

Good Bye Lenin!, dir. Wolfgang Becker (2003)

Lola rennt, dir. Tom Tykwer (1998)

Spanish Prescribed Literary Texts and Films

Literary texts

Bodas de sangre, Federico García Lorca, 1932 (play)

Como agua para chocolate, Laura Esquivel, 1989 (novel)

El coronel no tiene quien le escriba, Gabriel García Márquez, 1961(novella)

La casa de Bernarda Alba, Federico García Lorca, 1936 (play)

Nada, Carmen Laforet, 1943 (novel)

Réquiem por un campesino español, Ramón J. Sender, 1953 (short story)

Films

Diarios de motocicleta, dir. Walter Salles (2004)

El laberinto del fauno, dir. Guillermo del Toro (2006)

La lengua de las mariposas, dir. José Luis Cuerda (1999)

Mar adentro, dir. Alejandro Amenábar (2004)

Volver, dir. Pedro Almodóvar (2006)