Modern Foreign Languages

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES AT CHRIST THE KING

In the Modern Foreign Languages Department we teach both French and Spanish. All students begin Year 7 by learning French, before having the option (depending on ability) to take up Spanish in Year 8; in preparation for their options in Year 9. Both languages are popular option choices. We also offer Italian and German to GCSE as an extra-curricular activity.
Mandarin is offered from year 7 onwards as one of our Academy subjects.

Students are also given the opportunity to visit Paris and The Opal Coast during Key Stage 3 and 4 and it has proven to be a trip full of many wonderful memories. In addition to the trip to Paris, the department has been able to offer an invaluable opportunity for students to savour the delights of mainland Spain. It is hoped that such wonderful and sometimes life-changing experiences can instill a strong sense of language learning which many young people take with them into adulthood.

Progression

At A level we offer French and Spanish to students who gain a B grade or above at GCSE.
Having a language at A level opens a wealth of opportunities in employment. International and Multi-national companies are always seeking linguists to be able to work with businesses abroad. Other professions open to you would include interpreting, teaching, working in tourism and business. Having a language together with IT. Law, Finance or Sales Skills would also open up many more employment opportunities.

GCSE FRENCH AND SPANISH

What type of qualification will I achieve?
G.C.S.E. in French or Spanish

What will I be doing in my lessons and what skills will I develop?
• learn to understand and communicate clearly and confidently in French or Spanish
• be able to share your interests, ideas and opinions in French or Spanish
• learn about the culture of French/Spanish-speaking countries both in class and through trips to Spain and France
• learn a range of skills useful in future careers such as the ability to communicate clearly, being confident about speaking in public, using problem-solving strategies
• create greater opportunities for yourself to work abroad or for companies with international links in the U.K.
• To consolidate your knowledge of grammar to improve accuracy
• To develop skills that will enable you to become more independent in your learning

How and when will my work be assessed?
• You will be examined in all four skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) each being worth 25% of the total GCSE
How much time will I need to work on this subject outside of lessons?
• 1 hour per week homework
• Revision and practice time in order to consolidate and reinforce what has been learnt in lessons
What will this course lead to in the sixth form?
• AS/A2 in French or Spanish

What possible careers and work related opportunities are there?
• Having a qualification in a language puts you in a stronger position to get a job in a variety of areas including:
• Computing
• Marketing
• Finance
• Tourism
• Working for a company with international links or working abroad

Where can I get more information about this course?
www.edexcel.com/gcse2009
• See Mrs Wall or your languages teacher

A LEVEL FRENCH

What will I study?
You will study four main themes during the course. In Year 1, this includes aspects of French-speaking society and current trends, and artistic culture in the French-speaking world. You will also study French cinema and choose a film to study for the written exam.

In Year 2, we look at the themes in more detail, expanding on the issues and problems in contemporary French society and also study political life in the French-speaking world. There will be an introduction to contemporary French literature and you will study a novel in French in preparation for the written exam. For the oral exam, you will pick an aspect of the course that has interested you and you will have the opportunity to research it in greater depth to give a presentation to your teacher for your oral exam.

How will I be assessed?

Year 1 (AS)
Paper 1: Listening, reading and written translation (1hour 45 minutes) 90 marks 45% of AS grade
Paper 2: Written analysis of a text or film (1 hour 30 minutes) 50 marks 25% of AS grade
Paper 3: Oral exam (12-14 minutes) 60 marks 30% of AS grade – a discussion based on two sub-themes with a cultural focus
Year 2 (A2)
Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (2 hours 30 minutes) 100 marks 50% of A level
Paper 2: Written analysis of one text and one film OR two texts (2 hours) 80 marks 20% of A level
Paper 3: Oral exam – (2 parts)
– part 1 – discussion of a sub-theme (5-6 minutes) 25 marks
– part 2 – presentation (2 minutes) and discussion of individual research project (9-10 minutes) 35 marks

Personal Qualities
Students need to work independently and be committed and organised with their time and resources. They should also be willing to use their spoken French wherever possible and take an active part in lessons.
Career Prospects

Languages open many doors to the world of work, and helps you develop excellent communication, social, literacy, problem-solving and interpersonal skills. Statistically, linguists can earn up to 20% more than other people.

A LEVEL SPANISH

What will I study?
You will study four main themes during the course. In Year 1, this includes aspects of Hispanic-speaking society and current trends, and artistic culture in the Hispanic-speaking world. You will also study Spanish cinema and choose a film to study for the written exam.

In Year 2, we look at the themes in more detail, expanding on the issues and problems in contemporary Hispanic society and also study political life in the Hispanic-speaking world. There will be an introduction to contemporary Hispanic literature and you will study a novel in Spanish in preparation for the written exam. For the oral exam, you will pick an aspect of the course that has interested you and you will have the opportunity to research it in greater depth to give a presentation to your teacher for your oral exam.

How will I be assessed?

Year 1 (AS)
Paper 1: Listening, reading and written translation (1hour 45 minutes)  90 marks   45% of AS grade
Paper 2: Written analysis of a text or film (1 hour 30 minutes) 50 marks 25% of AS grade
Paper 3: Oral exam (12-14 minutes) 60 marks 30% of AS grade – a discussion based on two sub-themes with a cultural focus

Year 2 (A2)
Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (2 hours 30 minutes) 100 marks 50% of A level
Paper 2: Written analysis of one text and one film OR two texts (2 hours) 80 marks   20% of A level
Paper 3: Oral exam – (2 parts)

–          part 1 – discussion of a sub-theme (5-6 minutes) 25 marks
–          part 2 – presentation (2 minutes) and discussion of individual research project (9-10 minutes) 35 marks

Personal Qualities
Students need to work independently and be committed and organised with their time and resources. They should also be willing to use their spoken Spanish wherever possible and take an active part in lessons.

Career Prospects
Languages open many doors to the world of work, and helps you develop excellent communication, social, literacy, problem-solving and interpersonal skills. Statistically, linguists can earn up to 20% more than other people.