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Languages

Vision
We believe that the study of Modern Languages is centrally important to the St Gregory’s Curriculum because it is fun, intellectually fulfilling and equips students with valuable knowledge, skills and attributes that will enable them to flourish in our global society.

Aims
We aim to create 'Confident Linguists who See the World Differently'.
'Confident Linguists'
are students who:

  • Enjoy and are enthusiastic about their Language learning
  • Use the Language spontaneously, creatively and accurately
  • Make rapid and sustained progress and exceed their Minimum Target Grade / Level

'Confident Linguists' are students who:

  • Know about, and immerse themselves in, other languages, histories and cultures
  • Challenge stereotypical views about other cultures and languages

The Modern Languages Department is made up of 5 full-time, highly qualified teachers, a part-time Administrative assistant and each year we are fortunate to have two Foreign Language Assistants work with us from October to May.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum
We fully cover the National Curriculum in Key Stage 3.  Students are taught to listen, speak, read and write in French and they are also assessed on these 4 skills.  The language of the classroom is French as we wish to develop the idea of languages for life.

We cover a range of topics including myself, friends and family, free time, education and future careers and holidays to name but a few. 

Year 7 are taught in mixed-ability forms

Homework is set once a week in line with the whole-school homework timetable.  Students are assessed in homework tasks as well as formal tests in the four skill areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Key pieces of work and assessments are given a National Curriculum level, and students are also set targets for improvement.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum
French is a compulsory subject for most students and approximately 90% of our students continue to study French to GCSE.   From September 2017 we are beginning the GCSE course with our Year 9 students.  Students are once again taught in set ability groups and have five lessons over two weeks.  They build on the skills and knowledge acquired in Key Stage 3. Homework is set each week, and may include learning as well as producing a piece of writing, planning a speaking task or completing a reading exercise.  Feedback includes a GCSE grade as well as targets to improve.
The exam board we use is Edexcel.  At the end of Year 11 students are required to sit end-of-course Listening Speaking, Reading and Writing tests at either Foundation of Higher tier according to ability.    

A level
In KS5, students are taught for 9 periods over 2 weeks, and Year 13 students also have an extra period with a foreign language assistant to enable them to practise their oral work. Students are expected to complete 5 hours of private study each week, and the work produced is monitored and assessed on a regular basis.

Extra Curricular Provision
We deliver the curriculum by making extensive use of audio-visual technology and teaching techniques, enabling students to learn about and appreciate other languages and culture.   We ensure that our curriculum is accessible to all students by providing a range of different tasks and activities.  Extra support sessions are also run after-school, at lunchtimes, during the Easter holidays and on Saturdays leading up to the GCSE, AS and A level exams.

Community Languages
Each year an audit is carried out by Mrs Young regarding other languages.  Where appropriate, pupils will be entered for a GCSE or an A level in their home language.

 

 KEY STAGE 3 OVERVIEW

We fully cover the National Curriculum in Key Stage 3.  Students are taught to listen, speak, read and write in French and they are also assessed on these 4 skills.  The language of the classroom is French as we wish to develop the idea of languages for life.

We cover a range of topics including myself, friends and family, free time, education and future careers and holidays to name but a few. 

Year 7 are taught in mixed-ability forms, whilst Year 8 and Year 9 are set by ability.

Homework is set once a week in line with the whole-school homework timetable.  Students are assessed in homework tasks either by the teacher by themselves or peers with guidelines.   Students are regularly set targets for improvement.

 YEAR 7

Our pupils are taught French for 7 hours over the two week timetable and they are taught in mixed-ability forms.  They are often supported in lessons by one of our Foreign Language Assistants which gives them the opportunity of working with a French native speaker.

The course we use is Studio and we supplement the published material with our own resources which are tailored to meet the needs of all of our students.

The topics taught are as follows:

Autumn Term 1

  • meeting people
  • saying how old you are – numbers up to 60
  • talking about birthdays
  • describing how you look
  • describing your personality
  • talking about your family and describing them
  • learning school objects
  • describing objects using colours
  • using classroom language
  • saying what you like and dislike

Pupils are formally assessed in listening, speaking, reading and writing which forms their baseline level.

Autumn Term 2

  • talking about school subjects
  • giving opinions and reasons
  • describing your timetable
  • describing your school day
  • talking about food

Pupils are formally assessed in speaking, reading and translating into French.

Spring Term 1

  • talking about computers and mobiles
  • talking about which sports you play
  • talking about activities
  • saying what you like doing
  • describing what other people do

Pupils are formally assessed in writing.

Spring Term 2

  • talking about your town/village
  • giving directions
  • talking about where you go
  • asking someone to go somewhere
  • saying what you can do in town

Pupils are formally assessed in speaking and listening.

Summer Term 1

  • talking about your holidays
  • talking about getting ready to go out
  • buying drinks and snacks
  • talking about your holiday plans in the future
  • saying what you would like to do

Pupils are formally assessed in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Summer Term 2

  • cultural project discussing animals, poetry and art
  • discovering the countries of the French speaking world

 YEAR 8

Our pupils are taught French for 5 hours over the two week timetable and they are taught in groups which have been set by ability.   They are often supported in lessons by one of our Foreign Language Assistants which gives them the opportunity of working with a French native speaker.

The course we use is Studio 2 and we supplement the published material with our own resources which are tailored to meet the needs of all of our students.

The topics taught are as follows:

Autumn Term 1

  • talking about television programmes
  • talking about films
  • talking about reading
  • talking about the internet and technology
  • using the present tense
  • using the past tense
  • talking about the weather

Pupils are formally assessed in listening and speaking.

Autumn Term 2

  • talking about things to do in Paris
  • giving opinions about Paris
  • forming questions
  • using the past tense to describe a visit to Paris

Pupils are formally assessed in reading and writing.

Spring Term 1

  • describing personality
  • talking about relationships with friends and family
  • talking about music
  • giving opinions
  • using the near future tense

Pupils are formally assessed in speaking.

Spring Term 2

  • describing where you live
  • describing your home
  • using prepositions
  • talking about meals and food
  • practicing the near future tense
  • using past, present and future tenses

Pupils are formally assessed in writing.

Summer Term 1

  • talking about talent and ambition
  • practicing persuasive language
  • using the imperative
  • using the superlative
  • practicing using adjectives to describe others

Pupils are formally assessed in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Summer Term 2

  • cultural project discussing animals, science and nature
  • discovering the history of the French Revolution
  • learning more about French-speaking countries

 YEAR 9

Our pupils are taught French for 5 hours over the two week timetable and they are taught in groups which have been set by ability.   They are often supported in lessons by one of our Foreign Language Assistants which gives them the opportunity of working with a French native speaker.

Pupils begin GCSE course in Year 9 studying Studio Edexcel GCSE (9-1) and we supplement the published material with our own resources which are tailored to meet the needs of all of our students.

The topics taught are as follows:

Autumn Term 1

  • talking about friends and family
  • discussing relationships
  • using the present tense

Pupils are formally assessed in listening and writing.

Autumn Term 2

  • revising places in town
  • talking about making arrangements to go out
  • using the near future tense
  • using the perfect and imperfect tenses
  • discussing role models
  • using the past, present and future tenses

Pupils are formally assessed in reading and speaking.

Spring Term 1

  • revising leisure activities, films and going to the cinema
  • talking about sport
  • talking about the internet and technology
  • talking about reading
  • using the comparative

Pupils are formally assessed in writing.

Spring Term 2

  • talking about television programmes
  • talking about actors and films
  • talking about a night out with friends
  • using past, present and future tenses

Pupils are formally assessed in speaking.

Summer Term 1

  • talking about food and meals
  • discussing shopping for clothes
  • describing your daily routine
  • using modal verbs
  • talking about food for special occasions

Pupils are formally assessed in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Summer Term 2

  • describing festivals and traditions
  • using different registers (formal and informal)
  • asking questions
  • describing family celebrations
  • using past, present and future tenses

 KEY STAGE 4 OVERVIEW

Students are guided through the Options process at every level and are advised on which Pathway they should choose.  French is a compulsory subject for students on Pathway 1 and Pathway 2 and it is an option on Pathway 4.  Approximately 75% of our students continue to study French to GCSE.   Students are once again taught in set ability groups and have five lessons over two weeks.  They build on the skills and knowledge acquired in Key Stage 3. Homework is set each week, and may include learning as well as producing a piece of writing, planning a speaking task or completing a reading exercise.  Feedback includes a GCSE grade as well as targets to improve.


The exam board we use is Edexcel.  Students are required to complete controlled assessments in Speaking and Writing, which are spread out over the two years.  At the end of Year 11 students are required to sit end-of-course Listening and Reading tests at either Foundation or Higher tier according to their ability in each skill.

 YEAR 10

Our pupils are taught French for 5 hours over the two week timetable and they are taught in groups which have been set by ability.   They are often supported in lessons by one of our Foreign Language Assistants which gives them the opportunity of working with a French native speaker.

The course we use is Edexcel for GCSE 9-1 and we supplement the published material with our own resources which are tailored to meet the needs of all of our students.  Some students will be entered for all Foundation level papers and others will be entered for Higher in all papers.

The themes and topics taught are as follows:

Autumn Term 1 – Identity and culture/ Who am I?

  • revising family and describing people;
  • revising places in town and activities;
  • talking about friends and what makes a good friend;
  • talking about family relationships;
  • making arrangements to go out;
  • describing a night out with friends;
  • talking about life when you were younger;
  • talking about role models.

The students will be formally assessed in reading and writing.

Autumn Term – Identity and culture/ Daily life and cultural life.

  • revising sport and music;
  • revising technology, films and TV;
  • talking about sport;
  • talking about your life online;
  • talking about books and reading;
  • talking about television programmes;
  • talking about actors and films.

The students will be formally assessed in listening and speaking.

Spring Term 1 – Identity and culture/ Daily life and cultural life.

  • talking about food and meals;
  • discussing shopping for clothes;
  • describing your daily life;
  • talking about food for special occasions;
  • using polite language;
  • describing family celebrations;
  • describing festivals and traditions.

Students are formally assessed in reading and writing.

Spring Term 2 – Local area, holiday and travel/ town, region and country.

  • talking about where you live, weather and transport;
  • describing a town and asking the way;
  • describing a region;
  • talking about your town, village or district;
  • discussing what to see and do;
  • discussing plans and weather;
  • describing community projects.

Students are formally assessed in listening and speaking.

Summer Term 1 – Local area, holiday and travel/ Holidays, travel and tourist transactions.

  • talking about what you normally do on holiday;
  • talking about past and future holidays;
  • talking about an ideal holiday;
  • booking and reviewing hotels;
  • ordering in a restaurant;
  • talking about travelling;
  • buying souvenirs;
  • talking about holiday disasters.

Pupils are formally assessed in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Summer Term 2 REVISION AND ORAL PREPARATION

The students will use this half-term to revise all of the grammar taught and to also work on the content of the oral exam, including role-plays, picture-based discussions and general conversation questions.

 YEAR 11

Our pupils are taught French for 5 hours over the two week timetable and they are taught in groups which have been set by ability.   They are often supported in lessons by one of our Foreign Language Assistants which gives them the opportunity of working with a French native speaker.

The course we use is Edexcel for GCSE 9-1 and we supplement the published material with our own resources which are tailored to meet the needs of all of our students.

We run weekly revision sessions at lunchtime.

The topics taught are as follows:

Autumn Term 1 – Local area, holiday and travel/ Holidays, travel and tourist transactions.

  • talking about what you normally do on holiday;
  • talking about past and future holidays;
  • talking about an ideal holiday;
  • booking and reviewing hotels;
  • ordering in a restaurant;
  • talking about travelling;
  • buying souvenirs;
  • talking about holiday disasters.

Autumn Term 2 – International and global dimension

  • discussing problems facing the world;
  • talking about protecting the environment;
  • discussing ethical shopping;
  • talking about volunteering;
  • discussing big event.

Pupils are formally assessed in the mock exam.

Spring Term 1 – School.

  • revising school subjects;
  • talking about your school;
  • comparing school in the UK and French-speaking countries;
  • describing school rules;
  • talking about getting the best out of school;
  • talking about a school exchange.

Spring Term 2 – Future aspirations, study and work.

  • discussing jobs and work preferences;
  • discussing career choices;
  • talking about hopes and wishes;
  • discussing the importance of languages;
  • applying for jobs;
  • understanding case studies.

Summer Term 1

Revision of all of the topics covered.

 KEY STAGE 5 OVERVIEW

French (Edexcel Pearson)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A grade B or above in French is required.

 

COURSE AIMS

The aims and objectives of the qualification are to enable students to:

  • Enhance their linguistic skills and promote and develop their capacity for critical thinking on the basis of their knowledge and understanding of the language, culture and society of the country or countries where the language is spoken.
  • Develop control of the language system to convey meaning, using spoken and written skills, including an extended range of vocabulary, for both practical and intellectual purposes as increasingly confident, accurate and independent users of the language.
  • Develop their ability to interact effectively with users of language in speech and in writing, including through online media.
  • Develop language learning skills and strategies, including communication strategies to sustain communication and build fluency and confidence.
  • Engage critically with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in the original language, developing an appreciation of sophisticated and creative uses of the language and understanding them within their cultural and social context.
  • Develop knowledge about matters central to the society and culture, past and present, of the country or countries where the language is spoken.
  • Mediate between cultures and between speakers of the language and speakers of English.
  • Foster their ability to learn other languages.
  • Equip themselves with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them to proceed to further study or to employment.
  • Develop their capacity for critical and analytical thinking through the language.
  • Develop as independent researchers through the language of study.

 

COURSE CONTENT

There are three compulsory units for AS:

  1. Listening, reading and translation
  2. Written response to work, grammar and translation.
  3. Speaking

There are three compulsory units for A Level:

  1. Listening, reading and translation
  2. Written response to works and translation.
  3. Speaking

 

THEMES AND SUB-THEMES

There are 2 Themes in AS:

Theme 1

Changes in French Society

  • Changes in family structures;
  • Education;
  • The World of work.

Theme 2

Political and artistic culture in the French-speaking world

  • Music;
  • The Media;
  • Festivals and Traditions.

There are 2 additional Themes in A2:

Theme 3

Immigration and the multicultural French society.

  • Integration and multiculturalism;
  • The rise of the Extreme Right.

Theme 4

The Occupation and the Resistance.

 YEAR 12

French (Edexcel Pearson)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A grade B or above in French is required.

 

COURSE AIMS

The aims and objectives of the qualification are to enable students to:

  • Enhance their linguistic skills and promote and develop their capacity for critical thinking on the basis of their knowledge and understanding of the language, culture and society of the country or countries where the language is spoken.
  • Develop control of the language system to convey meaning, using spoken and written skills, including an extended range of vocabulary, for both practical and intellectual purposes as increasingly confident, accurate and independent users of the language.
  • Develop their ability to interact effectively with users of language in speech and in writing, including through online media.
  • Develop language learning skills and strategies, including communication strategies to sustain communication and build fluency and confidence.
  • Engage critically with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in the original language, developing an appreciation of sophisticated and creative uses of the language and understanding them within their cultural and social context.
  • Develop knowledge about matters central to the society and culture, past and present, of the country or countries where the language is spoken.
  • Mediate between cultures and between speakers of the language and speakers of English.
  • Foster their ability to learn other languages.
  • Equip themselves with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them to proceed to further study or to employment.
  • Develop their capacity for critical and analytical thinking through the language.
  • Develop as independent researchers through the language of study.

 

COURSE CONTENT

There are three compulsory units for AS:

  1. Listening, reading and translation
  2. Written response to work, grammar and translation.
  3. Speaking

 

THEMES AND SUB-THEMES

There are 2 Themes in AS:

Theme 1

Changes in French Society

  • Changes in family structures;
  • Education;
  • The World of work.

Theme 2

Political and artistic culture in the French-speaking world

  • Music;
  • The Media;
  • Festivals and Traditions.

 YEAR 13