Modern Languages

Staffing

Mr J Wilson Head of Department, German  Mrs L Reid French
Mrs S Chadwick Second in Department, French     Mrs M Sait French
Mrs R Chapman Assistant Head, German Mrs D Wilson French
Mrs C Dawson German  

 

Department Overview

We believe in the importance and relevance of languages to the lives and future careers of our students. We aim to make language learning fun, stimulating and inspiring, with pupils making swift progress in Year 7 learning two languages simultaneously. Lessons are taught in an interactive, communicative style, and pupils are encouraged to enjoy conversing in the language and to aim to use the language at all times throughout each lesson. We are very fortunate to have two new, purpose-built classrooms, each equipped with touch screen interactive whiteboards and a computer for each child.

Pupils study both French and German in Year 7 and Year 8. At the end of Year 8, pupils chose to either continue with both languages in Year 9, or to follow just one language. Pupils must then continue with one language to GCSE, with many opting to study both.

Many of our A-Level students go on to study languages at university. In recent years we have sent students to Brasenose and Wadham Colleges, Oxford in addition to many Russell Group universities.

In Year 7 pupils will have the chance to put their new language skills into practice. The well-established trip to the Black Forest enables nearly 70 students to experience the language, scenery and tourist attractions of this beautiful part of Europe. We enjoy longstanding links with our two partner schools. The Year 10 French Exchange with Collège St Joseph in Morlaix, Brittany has been running for over 20 years and the German Exchange with Gymansium Geretsried near Munich celebrated its 15th anniversary this year. July 2016 saw our first ever trip to Berlin, with 36 year 9 students taking part.

We look forward to helping you develop a fascinating life-long skill.

Bonne Chance! Viel Spaß!

GCSE French

GCSE French

Why study French?

A GCSE in French is a valued qualification which appeals to both employers and universities alike. In the annual CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey of June 2014, nearly two-thirds of firms (65%) identified a need for foreign language skills, with French and German being the two most sought-after languages by British employers.

We firmly believe that a language GCSE is not just a useful qualification but is also a key skill for life. As the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein stated, “The limits of my language, are the limits of my world.” The modern language department looks forward to broadening the students’ horizons and developing their communication skills!

Features of the course:

Lessons are taught in an interactive, communicative style, with students being encouraged to enjoy conversing in French and to aim to use French at all times throughout each lesson. The GCSE course builds on what has been learned in years 7, 8 and 9.

We are very fortunate to have two brand-new purpose-built language classrooms with up-to-date technology and students will follow a personalised programme of on-line study to support their reading and listening skills. They will study language from a wide variety of sources, including songs and poems, websites and newspapers.

Enrichment:

In year 10 students will have the opportunity to take part in our well-established exchange programme to Brittany. The trip offers two fun weeks with an exchange partner both in Penrith and in Morlaix.

What opportunities for progression does it offer?

The course prepares students well for A-Level study and beyond.

Key information:

Topics for Study:

Identity and culture

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Current and future study and employment

Assessment summary

End of course examinations in reading, listening, writing and speaking (25% each)

Exam Board

AQA

GCSE German

GCSE German

Why study German?

A GCSE in German is a valued qualification which appeals to both employers and universities alike. In the annual CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey of June 2014, nearly two-thirds of firms (65%) identified a need for foreign language skills, with French and German being the two most sought-after languages by British employers.

We firmly believe that a language GCSE is not just a useful qualification but is also a key skill for life. As the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein stated, “The limits of my language, are the limits of my world.” The modern language department looks forward to broadening the students’ horizons and developing their communication skills!

Features of the course:

Lessons are taught in an interactive, communicative style, with students being encouraged to enjoy conversing in German and to aim to use German at all times throughout each lesson. The GCSE course builds on what has been learned in years 7, 8 and 9.

We are very fortunate to have two brand-new purpose-built language classrooms with up-to-date technology and students will follow a personalised programme of on-line study to support their reading and listening skills. Students will study language from a wide variety of sources, including songs and poems, websites and newspapers.

Enrichment:

In year 10 students will have the opportunity to take part in our well-established exchange programme to Bavaria. The trip offers two fun weeks with an exchange partner both in Penrith and in Geretsried.

What opportunities for progression does it offer?

The course prepares students well for A-Level study and beyond.

Key information:

Topics for Study:

Identity and culture

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Current and future study and employment

Assessment summary

End of course examinations in reading, listening, writing and speaking (25% each)

Exam Board

AQA

A-Level French

A-Level French

Why study French?

Universities are keen to offer places to applicants with a language at A-Level as it demonstrates that you possess certain skills and attributes such as problem-solving, adaptability, a global mind-set, communicating with different audiences and developing an analytical mind.

Graduates with language skills are definitely more employable and earn an average of 8% - 20% more. A recent Confederation of British Industry (CBI) employee report found that seven in ten businesses value foreign language skills among their employees.

You can enhance your career prospects in many fields by having a language capability alongside other specialist subjects. If you aim to follow for example maths, biology and chemistry, a language is a very good additional option at A-Level.

An A-Level in French will enable you to apply for any ab initio language course at university. It could be your door to Mandarin, Spanish, Arabic or many other exciting or unusual languages. An A-Level would usually give you the required language skills to enrol, and indeed many universities also teach in English.

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

You will study grammar in more depth at A-Level and learn how to express yourself much more fluently with a high level of complexity. Many of the topics at A-Level are connected to those studied at GCSE. However whereas GCSE focuses on your personal experiences, the A-Level course studies topics in their wider context. For example, when at GCSE you might be asked “How do you get on with your siblings?” at A-Level you might discuss “How would you define ‘family’?”

Features of the course:

We will study technological and social change, and look at diversity and multiculturalism and the benefits and issues they bring. You will study highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including art, music, architecture and cinema. You will learn about political engagement, how the political landscapes of France were formed and who wields political power in the French-speaking world.

You will explore the influence of the past on present-day French-speaking communities. Throughout your studies, you will learn the language in the context of French-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. You will study texts and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of your choice.

Key information:

Topics for Study:

Social issues and trends, political and artistic culture, grammar, works: literary texts and films.

Assessment summary

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing, written examination 2 hours 30 minutes (50%)

Paper 2: Writing, written examination 2 hours (20%)

Paper 3: Speaking, oral exam 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time (30%)

Entry requirements

Grade A in GCSE French

Exam Board

AQA

A-Level German

A-Level German

Why study German?

Universities are keen to offer places to applicants with a language at A-Level as it demonstrates that you possess certain skills and attributes such as problem-solving, adaptability, a global mind-set, communicating with different audiences and developing an analytical mind.

Graduates with language skills are definitely more employable and earn an average of 8% - 20% more. A recent Confederation of British Industry (CBI) employee report found that seven in ten businesses value foreign language skills among their employees.

You can enhance your career prospects in many fields by having a language capability alongside other specialist subjects. If you aim to follow for example maths, biology and chemistry, a language is a very good additional option at A-Level.

An A-Level in German will enable you to apply for any ab initio language course at university. It could be your door to Mandarin, Spanish, Arabic or many other exciting or unusual languages. An A-Level would usually give you the required language skills to enrol, and indeed many universities also teach in English.

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

You will study grammar in more depth at A-Level and learn how to express yourself much more fluently with a high level of complexity. Many of the topics at A-Level are connected to those studied at GCSE. However whereas GCSE focuses on your personal experiences, the A-Level course studies topics in their wider context. For example, when at GCSE you might be asked “How do you get on with your siblings?” at A-Level you might discuss “How would you define ‘family’?”

Features of the course:

We will study technological and social change, and look at diversity and multiculturalism and the benefits and issues they bring. You will study highlights of German-speaking artistic culture, including art, music, architecture and cinema. You will learn about political engagement, how the political landscapes of Germany were formed and who wields political power in the German-speaking world.

You will explore the influence of the past on present-day German-speaking communities. Throughout your studies, you will learn the language in the context of German-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. You will study texts and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of your choice.

Key information:

Topics for Study:

Social issues and trends, political and artistic culture, grammar, works: literary texts and films.

Assessment summary

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing, written examination 2 hours 30 minutes (50%)

Paper 2: Writing, written examination 2 hours (20%)

Paper 3: Speaking, oral exam 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time (30%)

Entry requirements

Grade A in GCSE German

Exam Board

AQA

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