In this section...

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 society whilst developing learners’ 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 have two well established exchanges with schools in Germany and Tenerife. In addition to this we run a residential trip to France each year.

“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. Our Foreign Language Assistants run a weekly Language club, Eurolab. This is open to all year groups. We offer Mandarin to younger students and this culminates in a visit to China Town and the Chinese section of Charing Cross Library. Every year we look forward to arrival of the Onatti Theatre Company, which performs for Key Stage 4 students in the foreign language. The play cleverly engages students by using GCSE language in an amusing way. Sixth Form students have the opportunity to enjoy films in a foreign language at the Sixth Form Film Club.

Annual Events

We celebrate European Day of Languages and Europe Day by holding events for the whole school. 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 start Year 7 learning either French or Spanish. In Year 8, students choose a second language from French, German or Spanish. They study both languages during Key Stage 3.

Lessons have a strong focus on communication skills and spontaneous language use as well as cultural learning through authentic materials and film.

Topics at Key Stage 3 include: 

Myself My Family Home Life School Life Free Time
Daily Life Towns and Countries Food and Festivals Healthy Living Fashion
Environment Relationships at Home Work and Pocket Money Media Holiday

 

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

  • French Allez (books 1, 2) Corinne Dzuilka-Heywood et al
  • Spanish Zoom Español 1-2 Abigail Hardwick et al
  • German Logo 1-2 Henriette Lanzer

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. .

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now

×