|Course ID||Course Name||Instructor||Room Number||Time|
|Fr, Gm||Modern Foreign Languages||Miss K. Schubert||Kingsley Building|
You may think that languages aren’t really relevant to today’s modern world; everyone speaks English, right? Wrong.
Languages are all around us; they are used in so many situations whether at work, on holiday or just casually in day-to-day life – we live in a multilingual global society.
Learning a language is a really smart move if you want a fascinating subject that offers you a range of career possibilities at the end and are a lot of fun along the way.
Recently a survey was done on 228 employers.
86% felt that languages were an important skill set and improve someone’s employability. Having a language can increase your salary from 8 to 20% and gives you a head start on other potential employees.
By speaking another language you’re vital to any company who does international business (and there are a lot of them).
Plus, a language is also a pre-requisite for lots of university courses so it’s something to consider if you’re thinking about university in the future.
Languages are the key to the new, exciting multinational world we live in; so don’t miss out !!!!
Exam Board : EDEXCEL – Higher
• Listening : 20% (final examination in May of Year 11)
• Speaking : 30% (controlled assessments – 2 pieces in exam conditions during Year 10&11; tasks will be based on a picture you chose but discussed with your teacher and /or a presentation followed by a discussion with your teacher and/or an open interaction between you and your teacher. All preparation will be done in class during the week preceding the assessment)
• Reading : 20% (final examination in May of Year 11)
• Writing: 30% (controlled assessments – two pieces of writing, each of at least 200 words, in exam conditions. All preparation will be done in class during the week preceding the assessments)
GCSE Themes for Writing and Speaking :
• Sport and Leisure : hobbies, interests : sporting events; lifestyle choices
• Media and Culture : music, film, reading; fashion celebrities; religion; blogs, internet
• Travel and Tourism : holidays; accommodation; eating, food and drink
• Business, work and Employment : work experience; part-time work
GCSE Topic Areas for Listening and Reading :
• Personal Information: general interests leisure interest; family and friends; healthy eating and exercise
• Out and About : visitor information; weather; local amenities; transports; directions
• Customer Services : café and restaurants; shops; dealing with problems
• Future plans, Education and Work : job ads, applications and CVs; school and college; work and work experience
You have to have studied the language at KS3.
Teaching and Learning Methods :
We use many different activities, media and presentation techniques to make the course enjoyable but challenging, interesting and relevant to your needs. They include: magazines and newspapers articles, role-plays, class discussions and debates, adverts and songs, internet. These tasks will form the basis to develop your oral and written skills for a variety of purposes and audiences. You will learn new techniques such as taking notes, doing oral presentations, having discussion, writing summaries, articles and extended writing.
Vocabulary and grammar are integrated in the course and form an essential part of your linguistic development. You are expected to keep vocabulary bank to help your range of language. You will be expected to learn key vocabulary, structures and verbs and will have regular tests on these in class.
Homework and Independent Study :
This forms an essential part of the course and you will be expected to study 2/3 hours a week. You will be set one to two pieces of homework a week and all work marked will be returned with correction notes and useful feedback. It is your responsibility to re-draft your work when necessary and take correction notes when the homework is marked in class. If you learn to understand and explain common mistakes, you will gradually become more secure and confident in your own use of the language. It is essential that you complete all written class work and homework, including correcting and improving tasks as well as you can. You will be able to refer to this work when preparing writing and speaking assessments in class.
You should also purchase your own French/English bilingual dictionary – but make sure your dictionary has got a verb table. You will be able to use a dictionary when completing controlled assessments so it is vital you get familiar in its use.
How to support your child
Help your child to become more confident in speaking a foreign language by asking them to teach you the new words that they have learnt each week and to explain the pronunciation rules that apply. There are many online programmes that your child can access from home and that will support their learning; your child will be given the site names and the requisite login details by their teachers. Encouraging your child to watch films, listen to music or read in the foreign language will help them to develop interest in the culture of the foreign language and will also, of course, aide their acquisition of the language. Ask your child to look over the work from earlier lessons before the next one as this will reinforce their memory of new vocabulary and structures which will be vital to them progressing. Finally, if you go on any family holidays to where the foreign language is spoken, asking your child to act as your translator will give them a chance to practise and a sense of achievement when they are able to use their new language skills for a practical purpose.