We believe that learning languages is an enjoyable and stimulating experience. It offers exciting new insights into a wider world and in turn, it invites us to think about our own cultures. Learning a language involves the practical skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Pupils at Marshland will gain confidence to communicate effectively in a foreign language at the same time as they will develop an awareness of the structure of language itself. A wide range of activities will be included in language lessons to make them more personal and relevant to the students.
Throughout the year there will be opportunities for students to learn about different cultural aspects and traditions of our neighbouring countries.
Key Stage 3
From the first lesson pupils are largely taught through the medium of the target language. We also encourage students to communicate using the target language so that they can experience the language being used in real life situations and become more confident in speaking spontaneously. Following the requirements of the National Curriculum, pupils develop the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening within different contexts. Students are encouraged to use their knowledge of English to understand new structures in the foreign language which they are learning.
Exercise books will be marked every 3 weeks and students will be given oral and written feedback, highlighting what they have done well and what they need to do to improve. Students will be given a National Curriculum level and will need to record the feedback in their Learning Diaries.
Key Stage 4
Modern languages are currently optional in Key stage 4; however, we encourage pupils who do well in a language to opt for a foreign language for their GCSEs as this could benefit their future careers.
The emphasis at GCSE is on communication in the foreign language. Students will learn to improve their ability to work independently. Topics are worked through thematically and build on foundations created in Key stage 3.
Whatever career students decide on in the future, the communication skills they will have gained from studying a foreign language to GCSE level will always be to their advantage, as they can make the most of the opportunities in today’s global jobs market.
Pupils start their GCSE in Year 9 and the lessons, homework and assessments prepare the for the skills required for the 4 exams at the end of the 3-year course. The studeents are assessed in their listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. The speaking exam is conducted and recorded by their teacher towards the end of year 11 but marked by the exam board. Revision sessions are offered on a weekly basis to students to help them maximise their chances to achieve their best work possible.
We use a wide variety of up-to-date, easily accessible resources to reinforce our teaching. These include:
- 4 qualified, knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic teachers, including 2 native speakers;
- 3 interactive White Boards;
- age-appropriate and relevant textbooks;
- authentic materials, posters, magazines, audio and video clips;
- a wide variety of interactive websites for KS3 and a fully-comprehensive "virtual textbook" for KS4;
- a French and German Reading programme in place in the library.
How Learning is Organised
All pupils in Key stage 3 study French and pupils who are in the top sets study German as a second language from year 8.
In all lessons pupils are given the opportunity to practise their Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills in French and German.
Formal assessments are scheduled to happen regularly throughout the year and all 4 skills are tested.
Progress is monitored during the lessons and oral as well as written feedback is given on a regular basis. Pupils know which National Curriculum level they are working at though marked exercises done in class and homework feedback.
Year 8 and 9 students are given the opportunity to stay at a Château in France during the summer term. .
International links are nurtured in MFL lessons; we have a German exchange in place with a school in the Black Forest in Spaichingen.