Modern Foreign Languages

The Modern Foreign Languages Department is responsible for the teaching of French and Spanish at Harris Academy Bermondsey. Students study French or Spanish at KS3 (Years 7 and 8) and then have the opportunity to study either GCSE French or Spanish at KS4. Students may then continue to study either language at A level provided they have obtained a grade B or above at GCSE. The ability to speak more than one language is a valuable skill and provides great opportunities in relation to employment and education as well as promoting an appreciation of other cultures and broadening students’ horizons.

The Language Subject area promotes Community Languages and bilingual students are encouraged to take a GCSE in their home language. Bengali and Turkish are taught weekly after school.                                                                                                                                                      

KS3 Curriculum Description – French, Spanish & Community Languages

In Modern Foreign Languages, students are assessed in the four key skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Year 7 Students study Spanish in Module 1, French in Module 2 and move on to studying either French or Spanish for the remainder of KS3.

 

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

Module 5

Module 6

Year 7

School

School

Self, Family and Friends

Leisure activities

House and Home

Local environment

Year 8

Daily life and hobbies

Holidays and Travel

Eating habits

Future plans

Money matters and Fashion

Media, Films and Music

 

KS4 Curriculum Description – French, Spanish & Community Languages

The GCSE specification followed is AQA. Students’ abilities are tested in the four key skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

 

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

Module 5

Module 6

Year 9

Self, Family and Friends

Leisure and Free time

Leisure activities

Leisure and Media

House and Home

Local environment

Year 10

Leisure activities

Special occasions and Leisure

Education

Future plans

Work and Education

Work and Education

Year 11

Holidays and Travel

Leisure and Tourism

Young people’s Lifestyles

Healthy Living

Home and Environment

Environmental problems

 

KS5 Curriculum Description – French, Spanish & Community Languages

The AS and A2 specifications followed are AQA. Students’ abilities are tested in the four key skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

 

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

Module 5

Module 6

Year 12

Television and Advertising

Media and Cinema

Music and Fashion

Sports and Health

Holidays and Family

Friendship and Marriage

Year 13

Pollution and energy

Environmental damage

Immigration and Integration

Racism and Poverty

Social issues

Technology

 

Homework

At KS3, homework is set once a week and students are expected to learn new vocabulary weekly. At KS4, students should spend a minimum of an hour a week to revise vocabulary and complete homework. At KS5, students should aim to practise their language skills on a daily basis, read and listen to authentic material.

Helping and supporting your child

Parents and carers do not have to speak a foreign language to help and support their child. Showing an interest in the language and speaking about their learning experience at school may encourage them. It is crucial that students learn vocabulary and practise the language skills as often as possible.

Parents and students are also encouraged to look at the MFL section of HAB Radio : http://www.hablive.co.uk/french-blog/

http://www.hablive.co.uk/spanish-blog/

Useful links

The following websites are recommended to support language learning:

www.linguascope.com (Username and Password given at school)

http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/

http://www.wildfrench.co.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/mafrance/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/