Modern Foreign Languages
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Here at Christleton we have a thriving and dedicated department, which offers three languages at GCSE and A Level; French, German and Spanish.
In Key Stage 3 students study French, German or Spanish and have the option to take up an additional language in Year 9. From the outset we place a strong emphasis on students using the target language to communicate with staff and with each other as much as possible, setting an expectation both in lessons and around the department.
Topics studied at Key Stage 3 include personal information such as family, school, hobbies and holidays. Students are given ample opportunity to develop their understanding of target language culture, read and listen to authentic texts via prose and song and are encouraged to use their language skills in an innovative way.
Year 7 students are offered the chance to enter the annual National Spelling Bee competition and we hold a creative writing competition for our youngest language learners. During year 9, students begin studying a broader range of topics in preparation for GCSE such as the media, a study of a region and a magazine project.
At Christleton, we understand that having the opportunity to put your language skills into practice and to learn more about the target language culture first hand is an important part of language learning. We run a range of educational visits abroad including at visit to Normandy for year 8 French, Paris for KS4 French, Nice for KS5 French, Berlin for German and a visit to Barcelona in conjunction with the Art Department.
In addition, the department is involved in the British Council’s e-twinning projects in which we establish links with partner schools throughout Europe. Our students have the opportunity to share their work and communicate with students from partner schools.
Although languages are currently optional at Key Stage 4, more than half the year group at Christleton opt for at least one GCSE in a foreign language with some students becoming dual linguists. Many choose to combine a GCSE in an MFL subject with either Geography or History to achieve the English Baccalaureate. We follow the AQA course for GCSE in all three languages. All GCSE students have contact with a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at least once a fortnight to work on their spoken language skills.
In the Sixth Form we offer French, German and Spanish A Level, again following the AQA course. Many of our students take a language in addition to a scientific base of subjects in order to give their studies a further dimension. All A Level students have timetabled weekly one-to-one sessions with a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, which is integral to their language acquisition.
In addition to French German and Spanish, students who have additional languages can be entered for examinations in their additional language. We regularly enter students for examinations in Chinese, Dutch, Polish and Portuguese.