Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages are the study of any non-English language. It will teach students not only to learn the new language but also the culture behind it.

Career opportunities from studying Modern Foreign Languages:

  • Teacher
  • Interpreter
  • Translator

Key Stage 3 (Yr. 7, 8 & 9)

The languages taught in the curriculum are Spanish and French.  Our curriculum is designed to be accessible to absolute beginners, whilst providing those with previous knowledge a better understanding that will allow them to manipulate the language in a more creative way. We use a wide range of teaching techniques and materials to keep our students engaged and motivated.  Typical activities include paired and group speaking activities, games to practise vocabulary and grammar, role-play activities and learning outside the classroom.

In Year 7 - students learn to ask questions, describe people, objects and communicate basic personal information, mostly in the present tense.

In Year 8 - students learn to use the past and future tenses, and gain confidence in producing longer and more complex sentences.

In Year 9 - students are prepared to deal with the imperfect tenses, along with more complex descriptions.

Key Stage 4 (Yr. 10 & 11)

Both Spanish and French can be taken as GCSE options.  Students taking the course have found a second language is opening doors in further and higher education. In addition, many universities require a qualification in a foreign language.

Our curriculum follows the AQA specification. Students expand their vocabulary and grammatical knowledge.  They begin to discuss topics in more detail, giving detailed descriptions and narrating events. Reading and listening are examined at the end of Year 11, and students sit controlled assessments in speaking and writing throughout the course.

School Resources

  • The Faculty is well resourced with textbooks and authentic resources.
  • We have designated classrooms and access to the school’s ICT facilities.