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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 encourage excellent attendance. 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.  

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

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.

We also offer Mandarin classes to younger students and this culminates in a vist to China Town and the Chinese section of Charing Cross Library.

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 scheme of learning of NCELP - the National Centre for Excellence in Language Pedagogy.  The NCELP approach to pedagogy is research-led and practice-informed and helps students establish, early in their course, a robust knowledge of basic vocabulary, grammar and the sound and spelling systems (phonics).  The pedagogy then reinforces 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        Mrs B Stavrou (Head of MFL)

bstavrou@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)

fartini@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)

bstavrou@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. .

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