The Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School linguist learns through interaction with others, imagines, creates and plays with language, never worries, is confident, takes risks and learns from mistakes, gets pleasure from using language, enthuses about it, uses every opportunity to express new ideas, and is internationally aware, exploring other cultures, showing passion and curiosity for languages, and is tenacious; that’s all of us, students and staff!
The school offers two of the following foreign languages to pupils in Year 7 in rotation: French, German and Spanish. Pupils will continue to study these two languages throughout Key Stage 3. In 2020-2021 the languages offered are French and German. Spanish with one of the other two languages will be offered in September 2021 to the new intake.
Pupils will cover the following topics and related grammar:
Greetings, introducing oneself, birthdays and age, classroom objects
Describing family and friends
Clock times, where you live, evening activities, the French-speaking world
Free-time (Past tenses), TV programmes and opinions, last weekend…
Invitations, excuses, clothes, comparatives and superlatives
Food and drink, quantities
Travel and holidays, cultural content
Talking about friends, pocket money, (French only) using 3 tenses
Health and fitness (German)
Translation to and from the foreign language
Past and future tenses
Talking about the future
Describing people in greater depth
Travel – cultural content
Young people and their rights / Work
Extend sentence using more complex clauses
Translation to and from the foreign language
The French, German and Spanish GCSE courses aim, through the five themes listed below, to develop pupils’ ability to communicate confidently, express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently, listen to and understand clearly articulated, standard speech, deepen their knowledge about how language works and understand the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.
Theme: Identity and culture
Who am I?: relationships; when I was younger; what my friends and family are like; what makes a good friend; interests; socialising with friends and
family; role models.
Daily life: customs and everyday life; food and drink; shopping; social media and technology (advantages and disadvantages).
Cultural life: celebrations and festivals; reading; music; sport; film and television.
Theme: Local area, holiday and travel
Holidays: preferences; experiences; destinations.
Travel and tourist transactions: accommodation; asking for help and dealing with problems; directions; eating out; shopping.
Town, region and country: weather; places to see; things to do.
School: school types; school day; subjects; rules and pressures; success.
School activities: school trips; events and exchanges.
Theme: Future aspirations, study and work
Using languages beyond the classroom: forming relationships; travel; employment.
Ambitions: further study; volunteering; training.
Work: jobs; careers and professions.
Theme: International and global dimension
Bringing the world together: sports events; music events; campaigns and good causes.
Environmental issues: being ‘green’; access to natural resources.
Examination Board: Edexcel – A Level (AQA) French and Spanish are studied within the Welwyn Hatfield Consortium.
In today’s international world a modern language is a major asset, which combines well with all other subjects to provide an invaluable life skill.
Each language is taught through a series of topics, based on current issues, such as social, political and artistic trends, culture, literary texts and/or a film.
The topics include the changing nature of the family, the cyber-society, voluntary work, immigration and law and order. Students will also study cinema, literature and music. A stimulating range of material from the Internet, up to date textbooks and authentic articles will be used to teach.
The lessons will include debates, presentations, supported by ICT. The speaking exam includes a discussion on an individual research project of the student’s own choice.
MFL House events include Spelling Bees and cultural competitions.
The Faculty has links with schools in France, Germany and Spain and pupils have the opportunity to establish penfriend / e-links with French peers, host a Spanish girl, visit Germany (Yr10).
The Faculty also runs a successful annual trip to France and Germany open to Year 9 pupils.
The Faculty also runs an annual Year 10 Young MFL leader programme which culminates in a Language Discovery Day for primary school pupils hosted by the Year 10 Young Leaders.
A variety of Enrichment Clubs are scheduled weekly including Russian, German and films in a foreign language.
In Key Stage 3 and Year 10 pupils are assessed in all skills three times over the course of the year which build on prior learning. Year 11 pupils sit a full mock exam at the end of the Autumn term. .
Home-Work is set after every lesson and pupils may be asked to review new vocabulary and structures covered in the lesson or to research and prepare work for the subsequent lesson. They may be asked to complete grammar exercises, use Google Classroom to collaborate on a task, use online resources for listening practice or prepare oral answers. The Faculty encourages pupils to build their resilience and independent learning skills.
It is expected that all pupils will have access to a bi-lingual dictionary for both languages studies at home which will compliment the text book provided.