Modern Foreign Languages
Teaching and Learning
SPANISH: All Year 7 students follow the Viva course in Spanish. This is a current, multimedia package that is very appealing and motivational.
In Year 10 and 11 students follow the WJEC/Eduqas Spanish multimedia package.
FRENCH: In Year 8 and 9, students follow the Studio course in French. In Year 10 and 11 students follow the Eduqas French multimedia package.
The exam board used is WJEC/Eduqas for French and Spanish.
In KS3 language lessons, students study a wide range of language points and topics, including holidays, local area and free time. Some lesson time is also dedicated to teaching listening and reading skills as well as writing and speaking. An approach to learning is used involving a variety of techniques and resources. The emphasis is on using French and Spanish as a means of communication as much as possible. An emphasis on the use of grammar is being developed in Year 7 in order to cater for the changes in the GCSE specification where a more rigorous approach to language learning is promoted.
GERMAN: Students in Years 12 and 13 follow the AQA Specifications for AS and A-Level. The AQA German textbook forms the basis of study in German, and is accompanied with a wide variety of other materials and books to support teaching of all language skills.
The AS course builds on students’ knowledge and understanding in the topics covered at GCSE but also introduces more complex language structures and there is a higher emphasis on fluency. At A-Level, students study a wide range of current affairs topics, whilst also studying two cultural topics, such as a film, a novel or a period of history relevant to the country.
We encourage students to be immersed in as much of the target language as is possible outside school – BBC Languages, YouTube, TV stations on the internet. We have subscriptions to interactive language sites such as Linguascope that students enjoy. We also have a Foreign Language Assistant.
Barcelona Language and Culture trip for Year 7
Latin American Dance Workshop for Year 7
Spanish Speaking Day at Bath Spa University for Year 8
Visit to Languages Show, Olympia, London for Year 9/10
Link with Bath Spa University – 2 situated learning days at Oldfield for MFL PGCE students
Spanish film club
French enrichment club