Modern Foreign Languages

 

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Subject Leader: Ms J van Deelen 

Subject Leader Email Address: jenni.vandeelen@swale.at

 

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.

NELSON MANDELLA

Subject overview

What could be more exciting than the ability to speak and understand a different language? 

As well as being a great deal of fun, language learning develops the skills and knowledge our students will need in their future lives: clarity of communication, cultural intelligence and confidence in dealing with unpredictable situations! 
We aim to develop a love of language, an awareness of different languages and cultures, and an understanding of how important it is in our modern world to speak another language. 

Year 7

In Year 7, students learn to communicate in simple language on familiar themes, such as family, free time, food and drink, and school. They will learn how to describe and give simple opinions. The emphasis is very much on communication, pronunciation and building confidence.

Year 8

In Year 8, students develop a wider range of vocabulary and learn the language skills to communicate in more detail. This includes talking about their activities in different time frames and giving and explaining their opinions.

Year 9

In Year 9, students continue to build their understanding of language and culture through project units. These include celebrities, tourism, food, shopping and film. They will extend their ability to understand more complex language and also to express themselves using a wider range of language structures. 

GCSE

The GCSE course is a natural progression from the Key Stage 3 curriculum. The language and culture studied in Years 7-9 provides a solid foundation for Years 10 and 11; students will continue to improve their knowledge and understanding through the study of contemporary topics which link to communities across the world where English is not spoken as a first language. In line with the final examinations, which test the four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, there is a balanced and varied range of classroom activities and opportunities for home learning. Every opportunity is made to link classroom study to the real world, thus bringing it to life. 

Students who achieve a language qualification are known to have a distinct advantage in the workplace in a vast array of careers. In addition, languages can be combined with many other pathways - A levels, further study or apprenticeships. 

Languages are challenging, it’s true; but you will have a first-rate qualification which will prepare you for your future life in all sorts of ways. You will be a confident speaker, a good listener, a quick thinker, a multitasking genius and above all a global citizen who is ready to meet the challenge of life in the 21st century.