MFL

Introduction

Modern Foreign Languages at St Julian’s is a forward thinking, dynamic department offering French and Spanish on alternate years.

Spanish is still a relatively new subject to the school with this year being the first ever year of pupils sitting A level Spanish. The subject is taught through a wide variety of methods and tasks including games, interactive ICT, competition, etc…Following the curriculum, pupils not only learn the language but also cultural aspects of the subject too.

As a department we aim to support and challenge all those we teach while expecting the highest of standards of behaviour, effort and progress. 

Subject Team

Ms Thevenet Ms Sexton Ms Sohanpal Ms Hill
Head of French  Head of Spanish i/c KS3
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Ms Bassett Ms Miles Ms Moln-RIchards Ms Wiseman
BASSETT Mrs Elizabeth_Miles KS28-08506 MW25-03790

Key Stage 3

KS3 alternates between Spanish and French for each intake of new Year 7s (e.g all of those that started in September 2015 now study only French, 2016’s intake will only study Spanish, 2017’s intake will only study French, etc…) Whereas in the past we were able to offer dual linguist classes from Year 8 onwards, this, unfortunately is no longer an option.
KS3 Spanish is an enjoyable and interactive time for our pupils. Students learn through a variety of activities which aim to develop skills such as literacy and numeracy, as well as problem solving, working with others and ICT. Pupils study an array of topics and cultural elements (regions, films, etc…) to spark their interest in target language countries.The MFL department (French and Spanish) set very high standards and expect a lot from our pupils. In doing so, pupils progress quickly through the KS3 levels with firm foundations built for those wishing to study Spanish at GCSE.

Key Stage 4

KS4 Spanish is still relatively new to the school with 2015’s results being only our second set to date. We have excellent uptake at GCSE with approximately 60 pupils in both Years 10 and 11 studying Spanish. This goes against the national trend completely with languages in the majority of schools in Wales in decline.
The course builds on the skills used and enhanced at KS3, allowing pupils to feel comfortable in their learning at a high pressured time in their education. Regular assessments and vocabulary tests give pupils an insight into their progress, and as a result, allowing them to track their own achievements.The GCSE course, at present, relies heavily on controlled assessments which are worth 60% of pupils’ final grades. This is incredibly favourable for students as it means that when they sit down to do their final exams at the end of Year 11, they have already banked two thirds of the course. This also gives pupils the opportunity to spread the workload over the two years, something we fully take advantage of in Year 10.

Key Stage 5

As with KS4, A level Spanish is a new addition to the school with 2016 being our first set of results. KS5, particularly Year 12 is a fast paced course whereby pupils study an array of topics that really spark interest such as technology, media, tourism and unhealthy living (drugs, alcohol, etc…). While we also cover the juicier topics in society in Year 13 such as immigration, crime and punishment and the environment, we also study two films. In doing so, pupils leave the course with an understanding of society, Spanish history and current affairs.

Future pathways

Languages complement ALL disciplines and enhance lifelong learning. Opportunities can be found in the following sectors:Banking, Business, Communication, Diplomatic Service, Education, Engineering, Journalism, Law, Media, Management, Consulting, Public Relations, Science, Social Services, Technology, Travel and many others.

  • Spanish is 4th most spoken language globally.
  • Over 500 million people speak Spanish worldwide as their first or second language.
  • It is the official language of 21 countries in the world.
  • People who can speak a foreign language earn on average £4000 more per annum.
  • 9 out of 10 companies feel they need more foreign language speakers.
  • Language graduates have one of the highest employment rates in the UK.
  • It is looked upon favourably by Universities and employers.

Subject specific materials

Useful websites: http://oye.languageskills.co.uk/index.html
If pupils need the login details-please see Miss Sexton.

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