Languages

In our department we encourage language learning and cultural awareness in order to prepare our students for a better understanding of the world.

Key Stage 3 (4 lessons per fortnight) / Year 9 (5 lessons per fortnight) / Year 10 & 11 (6 lessons per fortnight)

All of our students study either French or Spanish in Year 7 and Year 8. In Year 6, they can state a preference for which language they would like to study, if they wish.

French
We start by using Expo (1-2-3),  which are lively and easy-to-use French courses for students of a wide range of abilities. They are topic–based courses, which are underpinned by a clear grammatical progression.

At GCSE, we use Studio ActiveLearn, an interactive online resource which brings a wealth of activities, games, audio and video clips to really engage the pupils.

Spanish

We use Viva ActiveLearn for all year groups. Again, this interactive resource offers a variety of activities, games, audio and video clips to engage pupils.

Homework/ Assessment

Each half term, all students will complete one formal assessment, at least two spelling tests and other homework (e.g. a small paragraph to write/ grammar worksheet) that the teacher judges necessary. At KS4, Quizlet may also be made available for online vocabulary revision.

Term 1a

Reading Assessment
Term 1b Speaking Assessment
Term 2a Writing Assessment
Listening Assessment
Term 2b Reading Assessment
Term 3a Writing Assessment
Term 3b

Listening Assessment

Useful Links

https://www.wordreference.com/

www.languagesonline.org.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize

https://quizlet.com/

https://www.duolingo.com

https://lyricstraining.com/
 

French-specific websites:

https://www.newsinslowfrench.com/

https://podcast.duolingo.com/french

https://apprendre.tv5monde.com/fr

https://radiolingua.com/tag/cbf-season-1/?order=asc

https://www.1jour1actu.com/

 

Spanish-specific websites:

https://www.newsinslowspanish.com/

https://podcast.duolingo.com/spanish

https://www.ngenespanol.com/

https://radiolingua.com/tag/cbs-season-1/?order=asc