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Modern Languages

“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 Mandela

Learning a Modern Language is not only useful for future career prospects but also makes travelling abroad later in life a far more rewarding experience.  It enhances your literacy and further develops your communication skills which are regularly demanded by employers across all careers.  In addition, it allows you to appreciate the culture of people in other countries.

How are the topics/units structured?

French

Throughout the GCSE French course, we aim to continue developing the core skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation. Pupils will learn to cope with everyday situations and to use the language for practical communication.

During the three years of the course pupil will deepen their understanding of the following themes:

1. Identity and culture - self, family and friends, role models, food and drink, healthy living, customs, celebrations and festivals, social media, film and TV, sports and hobbies, reading, music and shopping.
2. Local area, holiday and travel - home town, weather and seasons, places to see, things to do, holiday preferences, experiences and destinations, travel and accommodation, directions
3. School - school, subjects, further education, school exchanges.
4. Future aspirations, study and work - future study, jobs, careers and professions, work experience.
5. International and global dimension - festivals and events, pollution, recycling, campaigns and good causes.

 

German

Throughout the GCSE German course, we aim to continue developing the core skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating.  Pupils will learn to cope with everyday situations and to use the language for practical communication.

During the three years of the course pupils will deepen their understanding of the following themes:

  1.  Identity and culture - self, family and friends, role models, food and drink, healthy living, customs and everyday life, celebrations and festivals, social media, film and TV, sports and hobbies, reading, music and shopping.
  2. Local area, holiday and travel, home town, weather and seasons, places to see, things to do, holiday preferences, experiences and destinations, travel and accommodation, directions.
  3. School - school, subjects, further education, school exchanges.
  4. Future aspirations, study and work - study, jobs, careers, professions, work experience.
  5. International and global dimension - festivals and events, pollution, recycling, campaigns and good causes.
 

 

How will pupils be assessed?

French

Exam Weight – 100%

Towards the end of Year 11, there are examinations in listening, speaking, reading and writing which are worth 25% of the final mark. Candidates may be entered for either Foundation (grades 1-5) or Higher (grades 4-9) tier. Pupils must take all four examinations at the same tier.

· Listening: Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language. (25% of GCSE).
· Speaking: Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes. (25% of GCSE).
· Reading: Understanding and responding to different types of written language. Answering questions in English and French and translating from French into English. (25% of GCSE)
· Writing: Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes. Includes some of the following: writing a description of a photo, writing a short passage, translation from English into French and an open-ended writing task. (25% of GCSE)

 

German

Exam Weight – 100%

Towards the end of Year 11, there are examinations in listening, speaking, reading and writing which are worth 25% of the final mark. Candidates may be entered for either Foundation (grades 1-5) or Higher (grades 4-9) tier. Pupils must take all four examinations at the same tier.

· Listening: Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language. (25% of GCSE).
· Speaking: Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes. (25% of GCSE).
· Reading: Understanding and responding to different types of written language. Answering questions in English and German and translating from German into English. (25% of GCSE)
· Writing: Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes. Includes some of the following: writing a description of a photo, writing a short passage, translation from English into German and an open-ended writing task. (25% of GCSE)

 

 
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