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Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Modern Foreign Languages

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As the world gets smaller and channels of communication increase, the need to be able to communicate in another language has never been greater.

We believe that it is our main aim as a Modern Foreign Languages faculty to be able to give pupils the basic skills needed to communicate with people who do not speak English.

By teaching the boys Spanish, the idea is that they will learn strategies for acquiring new vocabulary, learn about the grammatical side to both English, and the language they are learning, and develop the confidence and flair needed to be able to communicate in another language. 

We also hope that pupils learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. By making comparisons, they gain insight into their own culture and society.

For further information please contact Irene Alferez Canavera I.Canavera@harrisdulwichboys.org.uk

Curriculum summary

 

Key Stage 3

Pupils start Key Stage 3 by learning the most basic of greetings and by the end of Year 8 their language skills will have developed so that they can produce expanded pieces of writing and speaking on various interesting and essential topics.

The students will also start to acquire the necessary skills needed to be successful linguists including communicative strategies, spontaneous talk in the language they are learning whilst deepening their knowledge of grammar and understanding the importance of grammar in mastery of a language.

The Key Stage curriculum will include the topics and subtopics of:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, National, International and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

 

Key Stage 4

During years 9-11, pupils will aim to complete their AQA GCSE in Spanish (4695). During these three years, the main topics are repeated from Key Stage 3 and will be covered in much more depths. The focus also becomes more about gaining a deeper understanding into the ways a language fits together and the complexity of the language that the pupils will produce will increase significantly.

At the end of the three years course the students will be tested on the four language skills:

  • AO1: Listening – understand and respond to different types of spoken languages (25% of the final grade)
  • AO2: Speaking – communicate and interact effectively in speech (25% of the final grade)
  • AO3: Reading- understand and respond to different types of written language (25% of the final grade)
  • AO4: Writing – communicate in writing (25% of the final grade)

According to the new specifications, each student can be entered for only one tier (either Foundation or Higher) for the four exams.  

Assessment

 

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, pupils will be assessed every term based on their ability to listen to, speak, read and write in Spanish. Speaking and writing assessments will be alternate with Listening and Reading assessments.

In speaking, pupils will be expected to respond spontaneously to questions and stimuli based on the topics studied.

In writing, pupils will write from scratch about a range of the topics we have covered in lessons. Moreover, pupils will translate a passage from English into Spanish.

Dates of the assessments are:

  • Autumn Term:  November 2016
  • Spring Term: February and March 2017
  • Summer term: May 2017
  • End of Year Exams: June 2017

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, the assessment methods will start at the same way that they finished in Key Stage 3 – i.e. pupils will be assessed in all four skills.

Pupils  will follow the new GCSE curriculum provided by AQA. In speaking, pupils will be expected to respond spontaneously to questions and stimuli based on the topics studied.

In writing, pupils will write from scratch about a range of the topics we have covered in lessons. Moreover, pupils will translate a passage from English into Spanish.

Progress sessions are offered to Year 10 and Year 11 students during form time or after school.

Examples of work

Theo in Year 9 shows why he is the ‘King of HW’ as well as some excellent presentation and a good response to his teacher’s marking (below)

Spanish work example 2

Peter in Year 10 shows in his Speaking Booklet that he will be fully prepared when the controlled assessment begins (below).

Spanish work example 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phoenix in Year 10 demonstrates some excellent presentation and self-assessment (below).

Spanish work example 4

 

Jerry in Year 7 shows amazing progress in his writing after just three months of studying Spanish (below).

Spanish work example 5

Homework

Homework is set weekly for all groups and should take at least 30 minutes for pupils in Key Stage 3 and one hour in Key Stage 4.

Pupils will be expected to complete, and then bring in their Homework booklets which will be issued every half term. The activities in the booklet will include vocabulary lists to revise for vocabulary tests, activities aimed to cover the content delivered in lessons, Linguascope tasks for reinforcing key vocabulary and a “Challenge” task aimed to stretch the most able, or at least curious, of linguists.

You can see examples of homework in all our subjects in our homework portfolio.

How to revise and prepare for exams

As we head into a more challenging and demanding curriculum, assessment and examination system it is important that students in all year groups in the Academy understand how to prepare efficiently and successfully for exams.
 
All students sit externally set tests every half term which they must prepare for fully. These are cumulative tests which means they test more knowledge and skills as the year progresses.
 
The end of year exam will test knowledge and skills across the whole year period, for all years groups. We believe in teaching our students how to prepare for exams as they are an important life skill.

GCSE revision support and intervention for Year 11 Modern Foreigh Languages begins in September and runs until the Summer examinations.

See our exam preparation page for information about helpful revision guides and timetables, as well as details of additional interventions for each subject.

Revision resources

BBC Bitesize - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z4dqxnb

BBC Spanish - http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/

Vocabulary practice (Username and password provided to pupils) - http://www.linguascope.com/

Grammar practice - http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/Hotpotatoes/Index.htm

Other helpful resources

Careers

The demand for language skills is increasing in the ever-widening global market and the mobility of the workforce means that we are constantly in competition for jobs where even a basic knowledge of another language is growing in importance and is considered a distinct advantage.

Not only does research suggest that language graduates are generally more employable than their counterparts but there are plenty of career opportunities for those who want to use languages in their profession. These include:

  • Translation
  • Interpretation
  • Tourism
  • International companies
  • Banking
  • Education