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Key Stage 3 Modern Foreign Languages

During Key Stage 3 Modern Languages students develop their language skills in Spanish and French at a basic user level through the study of the language, the culture and the society of the countries where these languages are spoken. 

Spanish or French (Years 7 & 8)

In line with the recently introduced National Curriculum, the ambition of the course is to enable students to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.  Each academic year, students access approximately 75 hours of guided learning, during which they develop the four key skills of reading, listening, writing and speaking.  They also study the grammar of the language and build basic translation skills from and to the language studied.  The course offers extensive reading opportunities in and outside of the classroom, thereby supporting students’ ability to read in the language from the very beginning. 

By the end of Year 7 students will be able to:

  • understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type;
  • introduce themselves and others and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people they know and things they have;
  • interact in a simple way, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

By the end of Year 8 students will be able to:

  • understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance;
  • communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters;
  • describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

The course offers access to a modern outlook on the society and culture of the countries where the languages are spoken, whilst taking into consideration the individual needs, prior knowledge and interests of students through the study of topics of youth culture: Family Relationships, Free time and Leisure, Fashion, Internet and Social Media.

Spanish or French (Year 9)

In Year 9 students build on the knowledge of the language acquired in Year 7 and Year 8, with greater emphasis on developing a more independent approach to using the language.  They study current themes relevant to them such as: Technology in Everyday Life, Social Issues affecting Youth and Global Issues affecting our Planet.  They also learn more about the target language countries and communities through the study of Travel and Tourism.  Year 9 is a foundation course which allows students to confidently and successfully pursue a GCSE qualification in a Modern Foreign Language.

Homework

Homework is set on a weekly basis.  Students will be expected to complete homework in 10 to 30 minutes, according to the complexity of the homework set and their own ability.  Homework focuses on consolidating the content covered in lessons and it is an invaluable opportunity to develop independent skills, particularly in reading and listening.

Enrichment

As per the Extended Services booklet, after-school Language Clubs are available.  Students can seek further support from any of the language teachers whenever it is required. 

Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development

As a Languages Department, we strive to encourage students to broaden their knowledge and understanding of other cultures related to the language being studied.  This is embedded in each module of work, thereby giving them the opportunity to make comparisons to their own personal experiences.

Additional Information

It is recommended that students have a bilingual dictionary to further develop their independence in their language learning.

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