Modern Foreign Languages
Part of the ‘Discover’ Wing
Head of Languages and Humanities
Teacher of Languages
Spanish Language Assistant
Modern Foreign Languages are important and a competence in foreign languages will be of crucial importance in a rapidly changing and increasingly competitive world. Students will need to be prepared for a world where greater skills in modern foreign languages will be very much in demand.
The ultimate aim of teaching Modern Foreign Languages is to enable learners to communicate effectively. Modern Languages develop the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Modern Languages increase the awareness of the way the language works by fostering valuable study skills such as attention to general and detailed meaning in listening and reading and research and use of reference material. e.g. dictionaries and grammar explanations and predicting selecting, comparing and interpreting information. The study of Modern Languages increases the self-confidence of students of all abilities by bringing a sense of achievement, enjoyment and purpose and through the study of foreign languages; students learn about cultures of other countries and enhance understanding of their own.
It is our aim that MFL at Brannel School should be enjoyable, rewarding and motivating. Students are encouraged to succeed by
•Developing the ability to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication
•Forming a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure
•Gaining insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries where the language is spoken
•Developing an awareness of the nature of language and language learning
•Gaining enjoyment and intellectual stimulation and reward
•Being encouraged to develop positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations
•The learning of skills of more general applications (e.g. analysis, memorising, drawing of inferences)
•Developing their understanding of themselves and their own culture
Key Stage Three Overview (Year 7 and 8)
All pupils study either French or Spanish in order to prepare them for the challenges of work in a global community. 150 minutes per week is allocated to learning a language in Year 7 and 100 minutes in Year 8. In Year 7 and 8 pupils will develop language acquisition in all four-skill areas with emphasis on communication, progress, independence and enjoyment. They will be given every opportunity of developing a deeper insight into other civilisations and cultures. They will be encouraged to work on their own, in pairs and in groups. Opportunities to use ICT are also built in. Pupils study language through a range of contexts which include themselves and their home, family, school, local area and free time.
Key Stage Four Overview Exam board – OCR www.ocr.org.uk
Pupils can opt to take a GCSE in either French or Spanish. This can currently be taken over one year or combined with a humanity over two years. Pupils follow the OCR GCSE Specification. Listening and Reading skills are each worth 20% of the GCSE and Writing and Speaking are each worth 30%.
Pupils on the one year course spend one whole day (300 minutes) per week studying their language; those on the two year course receive 150 minutes per week. Homework is regularly set and is seen as an important opportunity to reinforce the language learnt in lesson time. All pupils studying a language have regular access to a Foreign Language Assistant to practice their speaking skills.
Nowadays, there are very few careers/jobs where knowledge of another language would not come in useful. In fact, knowledge of a language in certain career paths actually makes a person more employable. Careers where Languages are extremely useful include
•Gap Year Jobs (Ski Rep/Campsite Courier etc)
We are very fortunate to have forged links with schools in both France and Spain. In France, we are linked with Lycée François Villon in Beaugency. Each year pupils from this school visit Brannel and spend time in lessons alongside their Cornish friends. This is an excellent opportunity for our pupils to practice their French and compare their lives with French pupils of a similar age.
We are also linked with IES La Senda a secondary school in Madrid, Spain.