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Modern Foreign Languages

At Wolfreton every student has the opportunity to learn a Modern Foreign Language with some students choosing to study two.  We currently offer French, German, Spanish and Japanese to GCSE and A Level. In addition to the normal curriculum, students at Wolfreton benefit from a wide range of international and language-related activities. These activities could include:

  • After-school language classes in Japanese
  • Taking part in projects with our partner schools in Argentina, France, Germany, Spain and Japan
  • Exchange visit to France
  • Work Experience in France and Spain
  • Trips abroad to France, Spain and Germany
  • Deep Learning Days and other events such as International Enterprise Days for Year 10

We also work closely with our partner primary schools and other secondary schools in the area to improve access to language learning opportunities.

Staff Position
Mrs H Hogan Curriculum Area Leader Languages
Miss C Atkinson Teacher of Languages
Mr D Corcuera Teacher of Languages
Mr M Costigan Teacher of Languages
Miss V Keith Teacher of Languages
Mr T Oliver Leading Teacher of Languages
Mrs T Sands Teacher of Languages
Miss D Stathers Teacher of Languages

Key Stage 3 

In Years 7 and 8, students follow courses to fulfil the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum says:

“Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.”

Throughout Key Stage 3 students gain the skills needed to communicate in the target language on a range of different topics.  Students develop an understanding of key grammar concepts specific to the language they are learning and their knowledge of vocabulary grows throughout the key stage.  Students are also taught the value of learning a foreign language and look at various aspects of the culture of the target language speaking country.

Students study the following units in Key Stage 3:

Year 7

First Language

Year 8

First Language

Year 8

Second Language

  • Family
  • Descriptions
  • School
  • Town
  • Home

 

  • Weather
  • Sport
  • Describing a past event
  • Food and drink
  • Illness
  • Holidays
  • Introductions
  • School
  • Family
  • Free Time
  • My Town and House
  • Food and Health
  • Media

There are many things your son or daughter can do outside the classroom to practise their language skills.

  • Use the websites to which Wolfreton subscribe to practise vocabulary using a range of language games.
  • Watch DVDs with English subtitles and try to work out how the language they hear fits the subtitles.
  • Read a book or a magazine in the language they study.
  • Listen to music from the country whose language they are studying.
  • Use the internet to watch live TV, news broadcasts and adverts.

The MFL department subscribes to the following websites to help with Key Stage 3 languages.

www.linguascope.com (French, German, Spanish)

www.espanol-extra.com (Spanish)

Encourage your child to practise pronunciation and spelling of words they have learnt in class.

A range of resources can also be found on Doddle and on the school’s virtual learning environment Frog:

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk

https://frog.wolfreton.co.uk

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 

Key Stage 4 

French / Spanish (Main Language)

Students on the red route continue to study their main language, either French or Spanish.  Students on the green route can choose to continue to study their main language.

Aims of the course:

By the end of the GCSE course students will:

  • gain a great deal of confidence in their handling of French or Spanish
  • be able to speak and write in the language in a variety of real life situations and understand more complicated spoken and written language
  • be encouraged to take more responsibility for their own work.  Sometimes they will be working in small groups or with a partner on many of the topics.

Course content

Work in languages revolves around 4 main themes: Personal Information, Out and About, Customer Service and Transactions, Future Plans and Education and Work.  Students will spend approximately one term in each area practising in the four key skills areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Work on each unit will include the study of new vocabulary and phrases related to the topics, as well as more general grammar terms.

Assessment:

Unit / Skill

%

Assessment

Unit / Skill

Unit 1

Listening and understanding

Defined topic areas

20

Examination

Foundation or Higher level

June entry

Examination board marked

Unit 2

Speaking

Choice of themes

30

2 controlled assessments lasting 4-6 minutes each

Centre marked and examination board moderated

Unit 3

Reading and understanding

Defined topic areas

20

Examination

Foundation or Higher level

June entry

Examination board marked

Unit 4

Writing

Choice of themes

30

2 controlled assessments

Examination board marked

 

German (Second Language)

Students who studied German at key stage 3 as their second language have the opportunity to study German as an option. Students will follow the EDEXCEL GCSE course.

Aims of the course:

By the end of the course students will:

  • gain a great deal of confidence in their handling of German
  • be able to speak and write in the language in a variety of real life situations and understand more complicated spoken and written language
  • be encouraged to take more responsibility for their own work.  Sometimes they will be working in small groups or with a partner on many of the topics.

Course content:

Work in languages revolves around 4 main themes: Personal Information, Out and About, Customer Service and Transactions, Future Plans and Education and Work.  Students will spend approximately one term in each area practising in the four key skills areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Work on each unit will include a study of new vocabulary and phrases related to the topics, as well as more general grammar terms.
 

Assessment:

Unit / Skill

%

Assessment

Unit 1

Listening and understanding

Defined topic areas

 

20

Examination

Foundation or Higher level

June entry

Examination board marked

Unit 2

Speaking

Choice of themes

 

30

2 controlled assessments lasting 4-6 minutes each

Centre marked and examination board moderated

Unit 3

Reading and understanding

Defined topic areas

 

20

Examination

Foundation or Higher level

June entry

Examination board marked

Unit 4

Writing

Choice of themes

 

30

2 controlled assessments

Examination board marked

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese (Second Language)

Students who studied Japanese as their second language at key stage 3 have the opportunity to study Japanese as an option. Students follow the EDEXCEL GCSE course.

Aims of the course:

By the end of your course you will:

  • gain a great deal of confidence in your handling of Japanese
  • be able to speak and write in the language in a variety of real life situations and understand more complicated spoken and written language
  • be encouraged to take more responsibility for their own work.  Often they will be working in small groups or with a partner on many of the topics.

Course content:

Work in languages revolves around 4 main themes: Personal Information, Out and About, Customer Service and Transactions, Future Plans and Education and Work.  You will spend approximately one term in each area practising in the four key skills areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Work on each unit will include the study of new vocabulary and phrases for a particular topic as well as more general grammar items.

Students will also be encouraged to take more responsibility for their own work.  Sometimes they will be working in small groups or with a partner on many of the topics.

Assessment:

The end of course assessment will be the GCSE examination which will include tests in Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening.  All examinations are taken at the end of the course.

Please note: There are no controlled assessments for GCSE Japanese.

There are many things your son or daughter can do outside the classroom to practise their language skills.

  • Use the websites to which Wolfreton subscribe to practise vocabulary using a range of language games.
  • Watch DVDs with English subtitles and try to work out how the language they hear fits the subtitles.
  • Read a book or a magazine in the language they study.
  • Listen to music from the country whose language they are studying.
  • Use the internet to watch live TV, news broadcasts and adverts.

Additional resources to support learning in GCSE Languages: 

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 

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Sixth Form Courses 

There are many things your son or daughter can do outside the classroom to practise their language skills.

  • Use the websites to which Wolfreton subscribe to practise vocabulary using a range of language games.
  • Watch DVDs with English subtitles and try to work out how the language they hear fits the subtitles.
  • Read a book or a magazine in the language they study.
  • Listen to music from the country whose language they are studying.
  • Use the internet to watch live TV, news broadcasts and adverts.

Additional resouces:

  • www.kerboodle.co.uk
  • News websites from target language speaking countries
  • Foreign films are available to borrow from the LRC
  • Make use of MyPLC, a mobile-based resource which enables students to self-assess their progress about a specification related learning checklist. 

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school.