Modern Foreign Languages (2015 to 2017)
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‘Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.’
Introduction to the Government’s programs of study for 2014.
The MFL department promotes British Values through the curriculum and our teaching methods. Students study a range of different types of European values and compare them to the British values through group discussion, lesson activities and homework. Lessons often contain group or team activities, which enable students to develop their ability to work well with others.
There is a strong emphasis on promoting cultural values and traditions of other countries and global citizenship.
DSLV Senior and Sixth Form Languages at Key Stage 3
As you may be aware, all pupils in our primary schools have been learning French for some years now. The Government believes that teaching languages from a young age and continuing to study them in secondary school is vital for the future of our country and we at DSLV agree. We want to build on all the good work that has been done in the primary schools. As we have excellent links with the primary cluster, for Year 7 we have developed a Transition Scheme of Work to specifically cater for the needs of the students who arrive at DSLV.
- All Year 7 students study French, beginning with a specially-constructed scheme that builds on student’s prior knowledge. Student’s language experiences are then tailored to their pathway’s needs and content and exposure to the language and culture of France reflects this.
- In Year 8, all students continue with French in their pathway groups until the end of the year. During Year 8, students make their GCSE option choices for Year 9. Pathway 1 and 2 students are strongly recommended to continue with French and Pathway 3 students may continue with French if they wish. Pathway 1 students are also encouraged to pick up a second foreign language (German or Spanish) for GCSE.
DSLV Senior and Sixth Form Languages at Key Stage 4
- In Years 9, 10 & 11 only students who have opted to do languages continue their MFL studies at GCSE.
- Pupils follow the AQA GCSE course in French, German or Spanish
- The assessment is as follows: 60% Controlled Assessment (speaking and writing) completed throughout Years 9, 10 and 11, and 40% exam (reading and listening) at the end of Year 11.
- Pupils cover a range of topics, which will include self and family, health, work, education, future plans, the media, holidays, local environment and more challenging topics such as the environment, drug abuse, smoking and homelessness
Languages in Key Stage 5
DSLV offer A Levels in French, German and Spanish. Students follow the AQA course, which builds on work done in the GCSE and topics include Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Lifestyles and Family & Relationships.
Current students have responded well to the challenge of A level and have enjoyed taking part in regional language activities which have built their skill and confidence levels and we have students aiming to study languages at university.
Please click here for a copy of the MFL Assessment Calendar for 2014 -15
Trips and Visits
In 2013/14, students have been offered the opportunity to take part in residential trips to northern France (Key Stage 2-3). Language activity trips have also included regional workshops and an annual opportunity to visit the German Christmas market in Birmingham.
Useful websites to support your child’s language-learning:
www.linguascope.com (all 3 languages) * Please ask your teacher for the username and password
www.languagesonline.org.uk (all 3 languages)
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize (click on French)
www.lemonde.fr (French newspaper)
www.parismatch.com (French celebrity magazine)
www.francealacarte.org.uk (French embassy website in London)
www.ashcombe.surrey.sch.uk/Curriculum/modlang/ Great for listening practice – look at the videos
www.aiglon.ch/langlink/ a great website to help practice vocabulary, grammar and reading
www.zut.org.uk (needs a subscription during the day but free after 4pm)
www.kidsweb.de (includes cookery, quizzes and art and craft)
www.tagesschau.de (TV website)
www.juma.de (aimed at teenagers learning zone)
www.wetteronline.de (German weather website)
www.quelle.de/ German (German shopping site)
www.pequenet.com (children’s newspaper)
www.elpais.com (Spanish newspaper)
www.muyinteresante.es (science and technology magazine)
www.asisehace.net (click on Nivel Avanzado)
www.hola.com (fashion and celebrity magazine)
www.sispain.org. (Spanish life and culture)