Modern Foreign Languages

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Our aim is to broaden pupils’ horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develop new ways of seeing the world. Our teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

Pupils should develop a competency that is both broad and deep in the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing based on a sound foundation of core grammar, vocabulary and phonics. They should also be able to understand and communicate personal and factual information that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, developing and justifying points of view with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy.

Critical learning, high frequency language and key communicative functions are revisited receptively and productively as we progress through the curriculum. For example when talking about food and drink and using the idiom ‘tener hambre/sed’  in Year 8, we need to revisit the present tense of the irregular verb ‘tener’ previously taught in Year 7.

Our ultimate goal is to develop students that are independent and resilient with aspirations beyond the boundaries of the local area. We aim to inspire the students to value diversity, learn about other communities and cultures and continue learning when they leave the Academy. 

Rossington All Saints Academy values in Modern Foreign Languages

Community: living in a globalized multi-cultural world knowing a foreign language is useful. It enables one to understand other cultures, appreciate diversity and communicate well with people from other countries.

Aspirations: experience life in its fullness, foster a love of travel and desire to live and work in other countries and become aware of the benefits that learning a language can bring.

Resilience: gaining the confidence to communicate with others, foster enjoyment, resilience and independence therefore becoming an open-minded responsible citizen.

Excellence: having a deeper understanding of the world in its entirety will enable our young people to flourish in our fast moving society.

Who’s Who within the Department

Mrs Hudson – Subject Leader

Miss Ross – Assistant Principal/Languages Teacher

Miss Jara- Teacher of Languages

Mr Otarola- Spanish Teaching Assistant 

KS4 Qualification: Spanish

Exam board: AQA

Assessment details:

Each skill (listening, reading, speaking and writing) counts for 25% of the final GCSE grade and will be examined at the end of Year 11. All four exams cover all topic areas.

Listening paper— 35 minute exam (F tier), 45 minute exam (H tier)

Reading paper—45 minutes (F tier), 1hr (H tier)

Speaking exam— 7-9 minutes (F tier), 10-12 minutes (H tier). Role-play, photo card and conversation.

Link to Exam board specifications:

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/spanish/specifications/AQA-8698-SP-2016.PDF

Possible pathways

Students of all abilities with an interest in the Spanish culture as well as the language will be interested in this course.  Students who wish to work in industries such as Business, Leisure, Travel and Hospitality sectors  will find this subject a valuable asset as Spanish is the second world language in  international communication and the third as an international language of politics, economics and culture.

Useful links

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Www.linguascope.com

http://es.maryglasgowplus.com/students/features  (Spanish news stories, updated weekly)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z4dqxnb

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