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Modern Foreign Languages

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.                              Nelson Mandela

Our Philosophy

The Faculty aims to promote an enthusiasm for life long language learning and an awareness of the importance of languages in today’s diverse society.  We want students to be aware that cultural differences and similarities between people exist and to understand and celebrate them. We want to empower students with the skills to become confident communicators and future leaders.  They will also develop resilience and an enthusiasm for learning beyond the immediate exam requirements. 

What we expect from our students

In order to be a successful linguist we want our students to approach their learning with a positive attitude and a desire to achieve their best. They will develop their ability to communicate in the foreign language and acquire a wide range of transferable skills.

Visits and Enrichment Activities

We strongly believe in the value of educational visits and extra-curricular activities as a way of engaging students with the wider cultural benefits of language learning.

"Although I'm known first and foremost as an athlete, my foreign language skills have given another dimension to my career. I regularly use French and German when I travel to compete in Europe." Paula Radcliffe, Athlete

Educational Visits

We are proud of our well-established partnerships with schools abroad.

Goethe Gymnasium in Berlin Wilmersdorf

Colegio Cisneros Alter in Tenerife

Students in KS3 and 4 can take part in exchange trips to our partner schools.  A partnership with a school in France is currently in development and we offer a yearly day trip to France.

Students in KS5 have the opportunity to take part in shorter study trips to places of interest linked to their scheme of study.  In 2019 we took students to Berlin and Valencia.  A planned trip to Paris in 202 had to be cancelled due to the COVID restrictions. 

“It allows me to explore a different culture and develop my creative thinking, offering a range of different possibilities.” Honor M Year 10

Enrichment

There are a range of opportunities available for students.

Students who are interested in learning a second language can do this through the whole school enrichment programme.

Annual Events

We celebrate European Day of Languages and Europe Day by holding events for the whole school, including song performances from our competition winners. The Year 7 Song Competition held at the end of the Summer Term is a celebration of the huge amount of learning which has taken place during the year and is something students often remember fondly in later years.

"Anyone can speak Troll. All you have to do is point and grunt." J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Key Stage 3

"One who speaks only one language is one person, but one who speaks two languages is two people." Turkish Proverb

All students get given a language in Year 7 and carry on studying the language until the end of KS4. The language can be German, French or Spanish, depending on the rotation that year. A second language choice can be added as part of the school’s enrichment offer. 

In lessons we follow the pedagogical approach devised by NCELP (the National Centre for Excellence in Language Pedagogy) which helps students establish, early in their course, a robust knowledge of basic vocabulary, grammar and phonics.  We then reinforce this knowledge via planned practice in meaningful activities.  

We also focus on communication skills and spontaneous language use as well as cultural learning through authentic materials and film.

Topics at Key Stage 3 include: 

Describing objects Asking for and giving opinions Talking about yourself and others
Narrating other people's actions Comparing people Making plans
Understanding stories and poems    

 

All NCELP lessons and resources are available on the Oak National Academy website: https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-3

Assessment

Students’ progress is assessed regularly through formative and summative assessment. They are encouraged to reflect upon their learning and to respond to their teacher’s feedback.

Textbooks

Textbooks are mostly used for home study and remote learning. 

  • Spanish: ¡Claro! 1-2, Tony Weston and Author José Antonio García Sánchez
  • German: Stimmt! 1-2, Rachel Hawkes and Michael Spencer
  • French: Allez 1-2, Corrine Dzuilka-Heywood, Yvonne Kennedy et al

HOMEWORK

Most vocab learning homework is set on Quizlet.  Students need to create their own account and then join their class to access the weekly study sets.  This is crucial preparation for their lessons. 

Key Stage 4: GCSE French, German and Spanish (AQA)

"As citizens of the world, we may often find ourselves working alongside people from other countries who speak a different language and have different values, attitudes and beliefs. If we are to work well together, we need to develop a range of approaches and skills." Languages Work

Students follow the AQA specification. In all Languages students cover the following broad topic areas: 

  • Identity and Culture 
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

 

Examinations

Students have a final examination at the end of Year 11 in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

 

Textbooks

French 

  • AQA GCSE French Higher, Oliver Gray and Steve Harrison
  • AQA GCSE French Foundation, Oliver Gray and Steve Harrison

German

  • AQA GCSE German Higher, Heather Murphy et al
  • AQA GCSE German Foundation, Heather Murphy et al

Spanish

  • AQA GCSE Spanish Higher, John Halksworth et al
  • AQA GCSE Spanish Foundation, John Halksworth et al

Key Stage 5: A Level French (EDEXCEL)

Description of Course

You are encouraged to:-

  • Develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning
  • Develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts and genres
  • Communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language for a range of purposes
  • Develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where the language is spoken 
  • Consider your study of the language in a broader context
  • Derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning
  • Acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and/or employment
  • Communicate with speakers of the language
  • Take your place in a multilingual global society
  • Take advantage of all opportunities to take part in cultural events and foreign trips

 

Skills Required

Knowledge, understanding and skills are closely linked in this course. You will continue to develop your ability to:-

  • Understand and respond in speech and writing to a variety of authentic spoken and written sources.
  • Apply grammar and syntax accurately.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of aspects of French speaking society.
  • Demonstrate flexibility when communicating both in speech and in writing.
  • Use appropriate registers.
  • Manipulate the language accurately to organise facts and ideas, present explanations, opinions and information.
  • Transfer meaning from one language to another.
  • Analyse, hypothesise, evaluate, argue a case, justify, persuade, retort, develop arguments and present view points.
  • Demonstrate your capacity for critical thinking.

 

Entry Qualifications

Grade 6 GCSE

 

Method of Assessment 

Unit Outline Time Weighting
1 Listening, reading and translation 1 hr 50 mins 40%
2 Written response to works (literary texts and films) and translation 2hr 40 mins 30%
3 Speaking (Discussion on a theme and on independent research project) 21 - 23 mins, including 5 min preparation 30%

 

 

Contact Name        Ms V ARulappu (Head of French)

VA@lpgs.bromley.sch.uk

 

Educational Progression and Career Opportunities

French is a valuable component in many courses in Higher Education, particularly Business, Scientific and Technological courses but also service industries, engineering, legal, medical and financial sectors. The combined vocational and language elements of this course equip you with the skills necessary for later life, whether in the workplace or Further/Higher Education.

Key Stage 5: A Level Spanish (EDEXCEL)

Description of Course

You are encouraged to:-

  • Develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning
  • Develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts and genres
  • Communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language for a range of purposes
  • Develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where the language is spoken 
  • Consider your study of the language in a broader context
  • Derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning
  • Acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and/or employment
  • Communicate with speakers of the language
  • Take your place in a multilingual global society
  • Take advantage of all opportunities to take part in cultural events and foreign trips

 

Skills Required

Knowledge, understanding and skills are closely linked in this course. You will continue to develop your ability to:-

  • Understand and respond in speech and writing to a variety of authentic spoken and written sources.
  • Apply grammar and syntax accurately.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of aspects of Spanish speaking society.
  • Demonstrate flexibility when communicating both in speech and in writing.
  • Use appropriate registers.
  • Manipulate the language accurately to organise facts and ideas, present explanations, opinions and information.
  • Transfer meaning from one language to another.
  • Analyse, hypothesise, evaluate, argue a case, justify, persuade, retort, develop arguments and present view points.
  • Demonstrate your capacity for critical thinking.

 

Entry Qualifications

  • Grade 6 GCSE

 

Method of Assessment 

Unit Outline Time Weighting
1 Listening, reading and translation 2 hrs 40%
2 Written response to works (literary texts and films) and translation 2hr 40 mins 30%
3 Speaking (Discussion on a theme and on independent research project) 21 - 23 mins, including 5 min preparation 30%

 

 

Contact Name        Miss F Artini (Head of Spanish)

FA@lpgs.bromley.sch.uk

 

Educational Progression and Career Opportunities

Universities and employers look favourably on applicants with a high level of foreign language ability and languages can complement any higher education courses. Language graduates enter a wide range of sectors including translation, interpreting, teaching, banking and finance, manufacturing, construction and engineering, tourism, medicine, public administration and the civil service. Furthermore, the combined cultural, historical and political elements of this course equip you with the skills necessary for later life, whether in the workplace or higher education. .

Key Stage 5: A Level German (EDEXCEL)

Description of Course

You are encouraged to:-

  • Develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning
  • Develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts and genres
  • Communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language for a range of purposes
  • Develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where the language is spoken 
  • Consider your study of the language in a broader context
  • Derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning
  • Acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and/or employment
  • Communicate with speakers of the language
  • Take your place in a multilingual global society
  • Take advantage of all opportunities to take part in cultural events and foreign trips

 

Skills Required

Knowledge, understanding and skills are closely linked in this course. You will continue to develop your ability to:-

  • Understand and respond in speech and writing to a variety of authentic spoken and written sources.
  • Apply grammar and syntax accurately.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of aspects of German speaking society.
  • Demonstrate flexibility when communicating both in speech and in writing.
  • Use appropriate registers.
  • Manipulate the language accurately to organise facts and ideas, present explanations, opinions and information.
  • Transfer meaning from one language to another.
  • Analyse, hypothesise, evaluate, argue a case, justify, persuade, retort, develop arguments and present view points.
  • Demonstrate your capacity for critical thinking.

 

Entry Qualifications

  • Grade 6 GCSE

 

Method of Assessment 

Unit Outline Time Weighting
1 Listening, reading and translation 2 hrs 40%
2 Written response to works (literary texts and films) and translation 2hr 40 mins 30%
3 Speaking (Discussion on a theme and on independent research project) 21 - 23 mins, including 5 min preparation 30%

 

 

Contact Name        Mrs B Stavrou (Head of German)

BS@lpgs.bromley.sch.uk

 

Educational Progression and Career Opportunities

Universities and employers look favourably on applicants with a high level of foreign language ability and languages can complement any higher education courses. Language graduates enter a wide range of sectors including translation, interpreting, teaching, banking and finance, manufacturing, construction and engineering, tourism, medicine, public administration and the civil service. Furthermore, the combined cultural, historical and political elements of this course equip you with the skills necessary for later life, whether in the workplace or higher education. .

Meet the Team

Bianca Stavrou

I grew up in Germany and always loved learning languages. At school I studied French, English and Portuguese. After my A-Levels I spent a year volunteering in Brazil and then returned to Germany for a BA in European Studies. As part of my course, I spent my semester abroad in Poland and then completed an internship at the German Embassy in London, where I was lucky enough to be offered a job. I worked on youth exchanges between the two countries and was also involved in running youth events for the European Parliament in Brussels. During this time, I also delivered workshops in schools and realised how much I enjoyed working with young people. I did my PGCE at Goldsmiths College in 2010 and have been teaching German, French and Spanish at LPGS ever since.

Marina Mahiques Navarro

I was born in Valencia and lived there until I moved to Castellón to study Translation and Interpreting (Catalán, English and German) at Universitat Jaume I. In 2011 I did my year abroad in Germany with the Erasmus Programme. In 2012 I moved to Cardiff to work as a Foreign Language Assistant with the British Council Programme. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to extend my contract for one more year. Afterwards, I decided to carry on my training as a Spanish teacher, I completed a MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at Universitat de Barcelona. Then I moved to London to complete my PGCE at Goldsmiths University, my second placement was at Langley Park School for Girls. I then completed my NQT in Woking and in 2017 I got my job in LPGS.

Maria Castán

I was born in Valladolid, Spain where I studied English Language and Literature at Universidad de Valladolid. In 2001 I went to France where I spent a year working as a volunteer at a Special Needs School. In 2002 I moved to London and I started to work as a teaching assistant in a Primary School and I also taught Spanish to adults through a teaching agency. In 2009 I returned to London after living a year in South Africa. I started to work as a teaching assistant in a secondary school and as a Spanish teacher at a School of Languages before I completed my PGCE at Goldsmiths University in 2012. I obtained my first teaching job at Walworth Academy, where I completed my NQT and in 2014 I started to work at LPGS. 

Coral Sunman

I grew up in Wales and as I loved languages at school I carried on with them at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth alongside European Studies.  During my course I lived in southern Germany for a year where I worked in Weikersheim Gymnasium (a secondary school) as a Foreign Language Assistant.  It was a really formative year in which I made friends that I still have.  After training to become a teacher I worked in Japan teaching English to students aged from 3 years old through to retired people.  Having spent the majority of my life in South and Mid Wales, Tokyo was an amazing, eye-opening experience!  I then spent some years in recruitment, working for the same Japanese company, until I realised I missed working with young people and really wanted to teach in schools.  My first UK teaching job was in a boys school in north London.

Sandrine Galbert

I lived between Martinique and France. I studied English Literature at Lille University and then did a master in Native American Literature. I later moved to Northern Ireland where I was a French Assistant for one Year in Catholic Boys school. That is when I realised that I enjoyed teaching and decided to apply to do my PGCE in Goldsmiths University. 

Vanitha Arulappu

I grew up in France before moving to London at the age of 15 which resulted in having completed half of my schooling years in France and in London. After my A-Levels, I have completed a BA in French at Queen Mary University of London where I have thoroughly enjoyed the creative writing aspect of the course. After university, I have completed my PGCE at UCL Institute of Education in 2010. Afterwards, I have worked as a Research Assistant in Public affairs at The Salvation Army working on the issue of Human Trafficking. I have since worked as a Language Teacher in a range of schools, primary and secondary in London and Greater London before joining LPGS in 2019 teaching French and Spanish.

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