Modern Foreign Language - KS3
During Year 7 to Year 9, Spanish pupils follow the Mira programme and French pupils, the Expo programme. There are 2 hours per week allocated to year 7, 2 hours for year 8 and 1 - 2 hours for year 9.
We recognise that for language learners, communication within a real life context is the greatest motivation. For this reason, the department plan regular trips abroad.
Every September we celebrate European Day of Languages in the past we have offered new experiences linked to foreign language learning; students have learnt to dance Flamenco, experienced Spanish cooking and food tasting amongst other things.
The department has a dedicated set of laptops and use of a lapsafe. Every classroom has interactive whiteboard facilities and we are committed to making our lessons as active and engaging as possible. We subscribe to several interactive language learning sites, which help students practise what they have learnt in class.
The School was recently awarded the International School Award and the department is developing links with classes abroad. We believe this brings the language to life and increases motivation and enjoyment.
The languages department has also been responsible for creating several high profile projects including Gran Hermano and Loft Story; the Spanish and French equivalents of Big Brother, where we used Chromakey technology to create a DVD. We were granted a CILT Award for our hard work with this project. We also created a hugely successful language resource in Spanish, Languages for Life, in conjunction with various businesses in Liverpool such as the Radisson Hotel.
Where possible we expose our pupils to authentic language and our Foreign Film Club, for pupils in year 7, 8 and 9 has proved very popular in the past.
All pupils study 3 weeks each of French and Spanish at the start of Year 7, then choose which language they would like to continue learning. Year 7 pupils have 2 hours per week of either French or Spanish and they study the following key topics. In Year 7, the emphasis is on expressing information about yourself, including giving opinions, and using French/Spanish in everyday situations.
- greetings + talking about myself
- classroom language
- describing family + pets
- talking about where you live
- shopping, cafe and asking for directions
- talking about your school day
- saying what you do in your free time
- introduction to the future tense
In Year 8, pupils continue studying the language they chose in Year 7. They have 2 lessons per week and, in Year 8, there is a greater focus on learning the key grammatical structures needed to achieve Level 5 and beyond. Pupils start to read, write and speak longer paragraphs of French / Spanish. In addition to the topics below, pupils learn how to use a range of regular and irregular verbs accurately in the present, future and past tenses:
- talking about family in more detail
- describing your free time activities in the past tense
- making arrangements to go out
- food, including food shopping at a market and ordering in a restaurant
- talking about holidays in the past tense
- talking about friends
Most Year 9 pupils continue to have 2 hours per week in their chosen language. They continue to work in the past, present and future tenses in order to achieve Level 6 or higher. The topics they study this year provide a foundation for their GCSE course:
- TV, cinema and reading
- future plans, including studies and careers
- health and illness
- describing other people, including French/Spanish celebrities
- travelling in France / Spain, including making reservations
- young people’s issues: schools in different countries, work, religion, poverty.