Some students will have experienced previous exposure to a modern foreign language at Primary school. Aquilla and Phoenix students will study French and Pegasus and Orion students will study Spanish. The course is delivered through the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and students should expect to make accelerated progress in the first year. The emphasis is placed on enjoyment, communication and confidence building with games, music and group work being integral to lessons. Students will learn how to identify common objects within a range of topic areas such as Self, Family and Friends and House and Home, give personal information and begin to express their opinions. There are also opportunities to develop a cultural awareness of both the Francophone and Hispanic world respectively.
Students will build on the foundations of year 7 and begin to develop their abilities in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. They will learn how to develop opinions and cope in a variety of authentic situations when in a French/Spanish speaking country. Topic areas include Holidays, Food and Drink, Health and Shopping. Students continue to improve their communication skills through pair work and group work and their knowledge of tenses is developed as they learn how to express themselves using present and future tenses.
All students will start first year of the GCSE course and follow the AQA exam course. Students build on what they have learned in Year 7 and 8 and develop their language skills in the contexts of House and Home, Free Time activities, Festivals and Work and Education. They will increase their understanding of spoken and written French/Spanish and also the ability to communicate effectively, giving information and opinions. A clear understanding of grammar is established and students will be challenged to manipulate language for themselves and to apply the rules accurately. Students will be tested using real-life situations and will develop the skills required for translation which will prepare them to use the language beyond GCSE level. In addition students will gain an insight into the culture of countries where the language is spoken.
Year 10 & 11
Students that have chosen French or Spanish as an option will continue to enhance their skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation. They will be given opportunities to attempt past papers and to familiarise themselves with exam questions and technique. As students learn more sophisticated language and grammar concepts they are able to access and explore more aspects of French/Spanish culture, the political system and issues affecting young people in Francophone/Hispanic countries today.
How will students be tested?
The entire GCSE is now sat through a series of exam papers:
Paper 1: Listening. This is worth 25% of the GCSE
Paper 2: Speaking. This is worth 25% of the GCSE
Paper 3: Reading. This is worth 25% of the GCSE
Paper 4: Writing. This is worth 25% of the GCSE
Year 12 & 13
Students who have chosen to continue with French/Spanish at A Level will be following the AQA course over the course of both years. Over the course of the two years, students will develop a detailed understanding of Francophone/Hispanic culture through examining the art, music, literature, history and current social situations in the French/Spanish Speaking worlds. In the first year, students will study a film and will learn how to read a film and interpret cinematographic techniques such as lighting, camera angles and the use of sound. In the second year, students will study a book and will be using this opportunity to further their knowledge of French/Spanish history. Students will often be using a variety of real-world examples of texts from blogs and newspapers to sociological studies. Students will continue developing their translation, listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.
How will students be tested?
The A Level is made up of three papers:
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translation. This is worth 40% of the qualification
Paper 2: Written response to works and translation. This is worth 30% of the qualification
Paper 3: Speaking. This is worth 30% of the qualification
See Grammar/Vocab books for what Flightpath each letter corresponds to (E.g. F = Flightpath 6 Year 7; yet also F= Flightpath 5 Year 8; etc).