Modern Foreign Languages
Welcome to the Modern Foreign Languages Department
We are part of a multi-cultural society and a world where the ability to speak another language is a highly valued skill. In our department we strive to give all students the opportunity to learn another language and at the same time gain a better understanding of the diversity in our world. All our students learn a language to GCSE and during those 5 years we believe they will improve not only their knowledge of a foreign language but they will also have a better understanding of how their own language works. We teach students to use language in a real –life situations and give opportunities to go on visits abroad. Confidence and enjoyment in using languages is our goal for every student.
- Ms I. Vujicic, Curriculum Leader Languages
- Ms S. Mitchell, 2nd in department
- Mr L. Pearce, Curriculum Leader Y9
- Ms S. Jaafary
- Ms C. Vigliotti
- Ms B. Travani
- Mrs P. Trotman, Language College Manager
Foreign Language assistants will meet KS5 students on a weekly basis and help them with the preparation of their oral examinations as well as developing their cultural awareness. At KS4, FLAs will work on a one to one basis and help students prepare their oral GCSE exams. At KS3, they will take small groups out of class and practise/reinforce their speaking skills.
The MFL Department recommends parents to buy a dictionary for student to use when doing homework. Students can also use www.wordreference.com as a reference point.
Exercise books and pupil files
Every student will be given an exercise book at the beginning of the year. Before a new book is issued, teachers will ensure that all available space has been filled, and a new book will not be given until all pages have been used. Lost exercise books must be paid for before a new one is issued.
Overview of the Modern Foreign Languages at the Convent
Key Stage 3 (Year 7- 8)
All students study a language at KS3. During the first term in Year 7, all students study a carousel of different languages, doing a taster in each. Before Christmas the students choose which language to continue with out of French, Spanish or Italian. This is an important decision for the girls as they will continue with that language until they have completed their GCSE.
Key Stage 4 (Year 9-11)
Modern Foreign Language study is compulsory for all students in Key Stage 4. All students continue with the language they have studied since Year 7 and complete a full GCSE course. The examination board used for all languages is AQA. Please see the KS4 MFL pupil booklets for more information about the course. www.aqa.org.uk
Students for whom English is an additional language are encouraged to sit an exam in their native language in Year 10. Girls take their GCSE/GCE in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Polish, Arabic and Greek.
We have subscriptions to various websites to help students with their language learning.
Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)
French, Spanish and Italian are currently offered at A level. A-Level students are taught for 5 periods a week. They also have 1 period a week with a foreign language assistant for intensive speaking practice with a native speaker. Students are also offered language/cultural classes as part of their enrichment activities in Year 12.