Languages

Overview
Within the Modern Foreign Languages faculty, we aim to develop a love of language learning amongst students together with a realisation of the importance of languages in today’s world. We hope to engender an appreciation of French, German and Spanish culture, and the desire amongst students to discover more about our world and the languages within it.

The four language skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing will be developed with a strong emphasis on communication skills. We encourage all students to use the languages they are learning in the classroom for greetings and simple instructions.

For more details about the Languages faculty please contact Mrs Radford by email. An overview of the faculty can be downloaded below.

Key Stage 3
In year 7, students learn either French or German and study topics including:
• self and relationships • leisure • education • home and environment • health and lifestyle.

In addition we work to develop cultural awareness of the customs and traditions of France and Germany. 

At the beginning of year 8, students in the top set (based on assessment) start an additional language which may be Spanish, French or German and continue with the language started in year 7. All other students continue with the language they studied in year 7 and develop their skills and comprehension. This continues into year 9 and assists students in deciding on languages they may wish to study at GCSE and beyond.

Key Stage 4
Students can opt to study French, German or Spanish at GCSE. In all three languages students are taught and examined in all four skill areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing, studying three themes:
• identity and culture • local, national, international and global areas of interest • study and employment

Key Stage 5
Our A-Level and AS level courses in French, German or Spanish have a broad educational value. Language is central to human understanding – the course develops communication and grammar skills together with an ability to analyse, interpret and evaluate texts and spoken language.

The A Level and AS courses for French, German and Spanish include the following units:
• social issues and trends • artistic culture • grammar • literary texts and films (optional)

For further details of the A-level and AS courses, visit www.hsfc-ac.org.uk/modern_foreign_languages

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