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Middlewich High School

Achievement for all

Modern Foreign Languages

"For communication, work, leisure and a global future."

Our Staff

Mr M Evans BA (HoD)

Ms T Hanson-Isasi BSC MA

Miss R Atkinson BA

INTRODUCTION

There is a wide range of opportunities and experiences on offer at Middlewich High School for learning languages and communication and language skills in lessons, in clubs and extra-curricular activities and on visits abroad.

DEPARTMENT AIMS

  • To develop communication skills in the target language.
  • To develop language-learning skills for the future.
  • To encourage an understanding of other peoples and cultures.
  • To foster links with other countries.

KEY STAGE 3

Through interactive presentations, songs, games and other language-learning activities pupils become familiar with the sounds, written form and grammar of the language. They develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing and use this knowledge to express themselves in role plays, conversations and writing. They improve their understanding of the language by listening to recordings of people talking about different subjects and by reading a range of texts. They also increase their cultural awareness by learning about communities where the language is spoken. Most pupils in Key Stage 3 currently learn either French or Spanish.

KEY STAGE 4

All pupils aspiring to careers with potential international dimensions are encouraged to study at least one language to GCSE level.

In our French and Spanish GCSE courses we stress the use of the foreign language in authentic situations. Students are expected to understand both spoken and written sources.

The content that will be studied comes from three broad themes which are divided into sub-themes.

 

Identity and Culture

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Current and future study and employment

Youth Culture

  • Self and relationships
  • Technology and social media

 

Lifestyle

  • Health and fitness
  • Entertainment and leisure

 

 

 

Customs and Traditions

  • Food and drink
  • Festivals and celebrations

Home and Locality

  • Local areas of interest
  • Transport

 

 

France / Spain and French / Spanish-speaking countries

  • Local and regional features and characteristics
  • Holidays and tourism

Global Sustainability

  • Environment
  • Social Issues

Current Study

  • School / college life
  • School / college studies

 

World of Work

  • Work experience and part-time jobs
  • Skills and personal qualities

 

 

Jobs and Future Plans

  • Applying for work / study
  • Career plans

 

Within each topic, the four main language skills are practised; listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Each component is worth 25% of the total marks and is assessed at the end of Year 11 at Foundation or Higher Tier as appropriate.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

Pupils across all key stages are encouraged to participate in a variety of language activities and classes.  Throughout the year we celebrate a number of cultural events including the European Day of Languages on 26th  September.  

OTHER DEPARTMENTAL INFORMATION

The department makes extensive use of ICT facilities in the school and in the language rooms. Classrooms are equipped with Promethean interactive whiteboards and a number of laptops are available to support learning. Students can make use of a range of special interactive software on the school which can also be accessed from home for extra practice. The textbooks and course materials used are up-to-date and have been supplemented by a range of material, both printed and available electronically on the school network. This material has been developed by language teachers within the school to support the differing learning styles and encourage the aspiration of individual pupils.