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Modern Foreign Languages

STAFF:

Mrs J Beattie - Head of Faculty
Mr C Deane 
Miss M Titem-Delaveau
Mrs J Egleton


Classrooms 

C3, C4, C5 & C6 
Aims
In the Modern Foreign Languages Faculty, we aim to equip our pupils with the necessary skills to communicate in the foreign language, as well as understand and appreciate a different culture. We try to make learning a language as easy, interesting and innovative as possible, and our faculty staff work hard at preparing vibrant, exciting lessons, which enthuse students towards languages.

Languages Studied 2016

Year 7 French

Year 8 Spanish
Year 9 Spanish
Year 10 GCSE French
Year 11 iGCSE French 
Students enrolling for September 2017 entry shall study 1 language, this will be French. During the Options Process in Year 9, it may be possible to study 2 languages to GCSE; French and Spanish.

GCSE Study 

 

At present, all students at Emerson Park Academy have the opportunity to study French at GCSE and are strongly encouraged to do so. The faculty believes that the benefits to students of continuing to study a language are endless; it improves their literacy skills in English, widens their outlook on the world around them, encouraging them to think internationally and prepare them for today’s global workforce.
From September 2016, it may be possible to be able to opt for GCSE Spanish* in Year 10, which should encourage our more able linguists to take 2 languages for their GCSE Options.
*must be studied with GCSE French
We love languages, and we aim for Emerson Park Academy’s students to feel the same!
Resources
- SMART Interactive Whiteboard Technology in every MFL Classroom
- 32 Samsung Google Chrome books (enough for 1 per student) for use in lessons
- “Expo” and “Viva!” course books and “Active Teach” interactive resources
- Board works and Doddle Online Learning
- Fronter VLE and “Google Groups” e-learning
- French contemporary magazines for independent reading
- Linguascope, Doddle, Atantôt and Zut! online learning tools
- Authentic materials, DVDs, CDs
- Access to foreign language assistant for GCSE preparation

Programme of Study at Key Stage 3 
French: Course book: Expo
Others: ilanguages Schemes of Work as well as Teacher prepared materials

In French, the 4 skills of learning a language are equally assessed. These are:
Listening      Speaking       Reading      Writing
We encourage spontaneity in the language and our students speak about a wide range of topics in French. We follow the Expo course textbook and this allows us to supplement our lessons with listening and reading exercises, which give students feedback on the level that they are attaining.
 The topics studied at KS3 include:
- Self, family and friends
- Hobbies, sports and interests
- Food and drink
- Town and local area
- Holidays and future plans
- Chocolate and fair trade
Spanish: Course book: ¡Viva! 
In Spanish, the 4 skills of learning a language are equally assessed. These are:
Listening      Speaking       Reading      Writing
We encourage spontaneity in the language and our students speak about a wide range of topics in Spanish. We follow the ¡Viva! course textbook, which is very modern and up to date. This allows us to supplement our lessons with listening and reading exercises, which give students feedback on the level that they are attaining.
The topics studied at KS3 include:
- Self, family and friends
- Hobbies, sports and interests
- Food and drink
- Town and local area
- Holidays and future plans
- Spanish around the world
Programme of study at Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
FRENCH Course book: Expo
Exam board: AQA
At present, it is only possible to study GCSE French. Preparation for this examination aims to help our students develop the language effectively, in everyday situations, providing a deeper insight into the culture of France, as well as developing the topics studied in Years 7-9.

The 4 skills are still assessed, but they are not weighted equally. Greater emphasis is placed on Speaking and Writing in the language:
Listening: 20%    Reading: 20%     Speaking: 30%     Writing: 30%
Trips and Visits
Year 8    5-day activities residential to Normandy, France
Year 11  residential to Paris (GCSE French students only)
 Lunchtime Clubs
Year 10 Language Leaders Award Scheme
Spanish Conversation Club
GCSE Portuguese (native/near-native Speakers only)
GCSE French Controlled Assessment Support
KS3 Latin Club (More Able students in KS3)
Students are always welcome to “drop in” and see their classroom teacher at lunchtime, should they have any queries to do with their learning.
Homework
At KS3 (Years 7-9) the faculty operates a fortnightly homework timetable and you should expect your child to have a written (either writing or completing a reading exercise or worksheet) homework per week and a learning homework (revising for a vocabulary test) per week.
At GCSE, students should expect homework 1 or 2 times per week. It is usually a mixture of learning vocabulary, writing, reading exercises and preparing for controlled assessments. It is expected that students complete the 6 hours preparation time ahead of Controlled Assessments in Speaking and Writing, at home, independently. GCSE Students should also avail of the wealth of resources online for completing independent revision, such as BBC Bitesize, Doddle and languagesonline.org, to name but a few.
More Able Students
Where possible, ALL Students should also complete independent learning using the online resources LINGUASCOPE and DODDLE. Each student has his/her own login for these websites. Please speak to your French teacher for further information. We also run a Latin club for our able learners at KS3 and our revision sessions at GCSE are tailored to either Foundation or Higher candidates.
Struggling in French/Spanish?
Don’t panic! There are ways in which we can help! Come along at break/lunchtime/after school and speak to your French teacher! Don’t leave it to the last minute!
Useful links
Google Apps Student Accounts – search under “Sites GCSE French”. Mrs Beattie and Mrs Bain have set up support sites for all GCSE French students.
www.languagesonline.org.uk

Contact us
In the event of any issues to do with your child’s French/Spanish studies, please contact your child’s class teacher. Alternatively, please contact Mrs Beattie, Head of MFL.
The MFL Faculty has its own Twitter Account, which is updated regularly. We like to tweet about the latest language news, offer French revision tips and advice, as well as re-tweet articles which might be of interest to our students.
Follow or Tweet us:   @MFLFaculty EPA
Great news for language graduates!



The table below outlines the most popular subjects studied at university and the percentage of students who go on to gain employment afterwards.
As you can see, over 90% of language graduates gain employment!

Subject studied at University
Number of students
 
% gaining jobs after University
SOURCE: HESA 2008/9
Medicine & dentistry and veterinary science
7,330
99.3
Subjects allied to medicine
15,905
95.0
Biological sciences
19,680
90.6
Agriculture & related subjects
1,335
89.3
Physical sciences
9,195
88.8
Mathematical sciences
3,630
88.9
Computer sciences
7,330
81.8
Engineering & technology
9,360
85.9
Architecture, building, and planning
4,280
86.3
Social studies
17,970
89.8
Law
8,505
93.3
Business & administrative studies
20,200
88.4
Mass communications & documentation
5,795
85.3
Languages
13,225
90.4
Historical & philosophical studies
10,290
89.3
Creative arts & design
21,485
86.8
Education
9,265
95.2
Combined subjects
535
90.0

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