Aims

Staff


Mrs J A Girvin (Acting Head of Department - Spanish/German)
Miss C V McCaughey (Acting Head of Department - French)
Mrs L E M Barr
Mrs A Cinnamond (Part-Time)
Miss J Connolly 
Miss J L Orr (Part-Time)

Modern Language Assistants
Miss Nina Carcenac [French]
Miss Patricia Perez Dominquez [Spanish]

Aims


KS3

Modern Languages is a compulsory Area of Learning at Key Stage 3. It gives pupils opportunities to develop effective communication skills through listening, speaking, reading and writing in a foreign language.

This Area of Learning encourages pupils to explore their personal sense of place in their local area and in the wider world, developing their awareness of cultural diversity. It prepares pupils for moving comfortably between a range of cultural environments.

Pupils have opportunities to read a range of stimuli in the target language. This helps them to develop understanding of the richness of language as a means of communication and creative expression. They also learn to apply language-specific skills to real-life situations.

Pupils learn to talk about experience, feelings and opinions using the target language. The aim is to develop their awareness of language and how it works, and to improve their accuracy. Pupils listen and respond in oral and written form in the target language.

In year 10 pupils investigate how language-specific skills and learning skills developed through languages will enhance career options and increase mobility in the world of work.

GCSE

The aim of this specification is for pupils to develop their language skills and widen their awareness and understanding of French-speaking, German-speaking or Spanish-speaking countries/communities. This specification focuses on the practical use of the foreign language (French, German or Spanish) and is a sound basis for progression to further study, higher education or employment.

Through this course students will:

  • improve their communication skills by learning how to express their viewpoint and ask questions;
  • participate in discussions and interviews;
  • use mathematical skills to interpret statistical data in the foreign Language such as diagrams and timetables;
  • use ICT to present information, for example through a PowerPoint presentation;
  • develop their planning, time management and self-evaluation skills;
  • listen to and learn from others through discussion, group work and shared tasks;
  • present reasons and justify opinions; and
  • improve their problem-solving ability by considering various approaches and viewpoints.

A Level

The aim of the CCEA specification is to allow students to develop their language skills, their communication skills, their knowledge and their understanding of societal, political and cultural issues in countries or communities in which the French, German or Spanish language is spoken.

It aims to provide opportunities for students to engage in independent research into areas of personal interest related to French-speaking, German-speaking or Spanish-speaking countries or communities and to present their findings. Pupils at A2 engage in more varied question types, more evaluative tasks and synoptic assessment.

The specification gives students a sound basis for progression to further study, higher education and employment through skills development.

KS3

YEARS 8-9

All pupils follow a beginner’s programme in FRENCH, using the new Dynamo course, which has a supportive logical grammar progression with grammar spreads at the end of each module.  There is up-to-date French cultural content to bring language learning to life - including songs, poems, authentic texts and quizzes.

Pupils get the opportunity to practise the four skill areas of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Furthermore, translation skills into and from French are introduced at an early stage.

Pupils study topics relevant to their experience: Family and Physical Descriptions; School life; Sports & Hobbies; Pets; House & Area; Festivals and Going Out.  

Pupils also follow a similar programme in either GERMAN or SPANISH and use the coursebooks Zoom or Viva respectively.

YEAR 10

Pupils continue to study FRENCH throughout the year, progressing with Dynamo 2 Rouge, in which there is more in-depth study of material from GCSE Contexts for Learning, namely: Identity, Lifestyle & Culture; and Local and Global areas of Interest. Past, Present and Future tenses are explored in detail and writing tasks set combining all three.

Students also follow half year courses in GERMAN and SPANISH using Zoom and Viva 2 respectively. At least two tenses are covered in each of these and topics include: Family; House & Area; Holidays and Food.

GCSE


GCSE French; German; Spanish

Pupils will study a range of topics in three Contexts for Learning:

  • Identity, Lifestyle and Culture (self, family & relationships; leisure; social media; culture)
  • Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest ( local area; tourism; social & global issues; community involvement)
  • School Life, Studies and the World of Work (School; extra-curricular activities; future plans; part-time jobs).

The four units are each worth 25% of the overall GCSE. 

UNIT ASSESSMENT

AREAS OF STUDY

Unit 1: Listening

This is a written examination lasting approximately:

·            35 minutes at Foundation Tier; and

·            45 minutes at Higher Tier.

Pupils will answer twelve questions, in English and the target language (French, German or Spanish).

Unit 2: Speaking

Pupils will take part in two role-plays and a general conversation on two topics in French, German or Spanish.

The teacher conducts the speaking examination, which lasts 7–12 minutes (plus 10 minutes of role-play preparation time).

Unit 3: Reading

This is a written examination lasting:

·           50 minutes at Foundation Tier; and

·           1 hour at Higher Tier.

Pupils will answer questions in English and in the target language (French, German or Spanish) as well as translating short sentences from French, German or Spanish into English.

Unit 4: Writing

This is a written examination lasting:

·            1 hour at Foundation Tier; and

·            1 hour 15 minutes at Higher Tier.

Pupils will answer four questions including listing (at Foundation Tier), short phrase/sentence responses, translating short sentences, and an extended writing task (from a choice of three) in French, German or Spanish.

 

GCE

AS and A2 French; German; Spanish


All students following a language course are entered for A-Level modules with the CCEA examination board.

Students explore the areas of interest by studying the four themes:

  • Relationships (AS)
  • Culture & Lifestyle (AS)
  • Young People in Society (A2)
  • Our Place in a Changing World (A2)

There are weekly conversation classes with native speakers.

Content

Content Summary

Assessment

Weightings

AS 1: Speaking

Question 1 – Presentation 3 minute

Question 2 – Conversation 8 minutes

Visiting Examiner

Total: 11 minutes

30% of AS level

12% of A level

AS 2: Listening, Reading and Use of Language

Listening [A]:

Two sets of questions based on discrete passages recorded on disk

Recording 1 – Students answer in French

Recording 2 – Students answer in English

Reading [B]:

Question 1 – Students answer one set of questions in the target language (French, German or Spanish)

Question 2 – Students translate a passage from French, German or Spanish into English

Use of Language [C]:

Questions 1 to 4 – Students complete a series of short grammatical and lexical exercises

Question 5 – Students translate short sentences from English into French, German or Spanish

Examination Total: 40 minutes

Examination Reading
[50 minutes approx] and

Use of Language [30 minutes approx]

Total: 1 hour 20 minutes

40% of AS level 16% of A level

AS 3: Extended Writing

Students write one essay in French, German or Spanish in response to a set film or literary text

Examination Total

1 hour

30% of AS level 12% of A level

AS: 40% of A level

A2 1: Speaking

Question 1 – Introduction [1 minute] and discussion [5 minutes] on an individual research project based on one of three options

Question 2 – Conversation [9 minutes]

Visiting Examiner

Total: 15 minutes

18% of A level

A2 2: Listening and Reading

Listening [A]:

Two sets of questions based on discrete passages recorded on disk

Recording 1 – Students answer in Target Language (French, German or Spanish)

Recording 2 – Students answer in English

Reading [B]:

Question 1 – Students answer one set of questions in French, German or Spanish.

Question 2 – Students translate a passage from English into French

Examination: 45 minutes

Examination:

2 hours

Total: 2 hours 45 minutes

24% of A level

A2 3: Extended Writing

Students write one essay in French, German or Spanish in response to a set literary text

Examination Total:

1 hour

18% of A level

A2: 60% of A level

 

Homework

Years 8-10


One homework per week.

Teachers may set more if they wish to assess pupils’ understanding of grammar and/or vocabulary.

Years 11-12


Two homeworks per week which may include written tasks, speaking preparation, learning of vocabulary & grammar, reading comprehension or translation exercises.  

 

Years 13-14


Two homeworks per week. Preparation for class will also include: reading, research and note-taking.

 

Contact us

Sullivan Upper School
Belfast Road
HOLYWOOD
BT18 9EP