Modern Languages - St Birinus School

Modern Languages

KS3 French

Key Stage Three French

This course provides a framework that allows students to develop their ability to express ideas and thoughts in French, and to understand and respond to others. They will develop an appreciation of the French language and gain a deeper understanding of the culture of France and Francophone countries.

Course outline

The Course is constructed with the aim of developing students’ ability to communicate in the key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing across a range of topics as well as fostering enthusiasm and passion for the subject.

Year 7 / Year 8 Beginners

Term 1- Introduction to the language, Introducing yourself

Term 2 – “Superheros” – Describing yourself and others

Term 3 – School

Term 4 - Free Time and Hobbies

Term 5 – Town and Local Area

Term 6 – Holiday Plans

 

Year 8 (2nd year of study)

Terms 1-2 - Media and the Internet

Terms 3-4 - Holidays

Term 5 -  House and mealtimes

Term 6 – “Quel talent!”

Key Skills:

  • Content Acquisition
  • Grammar Acquisition
  • Communication (Speaking and writing)
  • Comprehension (Listening and reading)

Assessment and Progression

Grading system:

CAR Marking- Comment, Action, Response.

% scores given for assessments.

 

Assessment:

A combination of listening, speaking, reading and writing assessments completed in class.

Regular vocabulary tests.

One formal end of year assessment in Term 5.

 

Extra-Curricular:

Year 7 and Year 8 beginners- European Day of Languages Poster Competition

Christmas project

 

Contact:

Ms Ghani

sghani@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

Mr Riolo

lriolo@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

Mrs Castro

jcastro@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

 

KS3 Spanish

Key Stage 3 Spanish

This course provides a framework that allows students to develop their ability to express ideas and thoughts in Spanish, and to understand and respond to others. They will develop an appreciation of the Spanish language and gain a deeper understanding of the culture of Spain and Hispanic countries.

Course outline

The Course is constructed with the aim of developing students’ ability to communicate in the key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing across a range of topics as well as fostering enthusiasm and passion for the subject.

Year 7 / Year 8 Beginners

Term 1           Introduction to the language; introducing yourself

Term 2           “Superheroes” – Describing yourself and others

Term 3           Family and Animals

Term 4           School

Term 5           Town and Local Area

Term 6           Holidays – “Sevilla”

 

Year 8 (2nd year of study)

Terms 1-2     Food + Present tense regular verbs

Terms 3-4     Hobbies/Activities + Films/TV

Term 5-6       Town/Local Area + Home/Chores

 

Key Skills:

  • Content Acquisition
  • Communication (Speaking and Writing)
  • Comprehension (Listening and Reading)
  • Conjugating Regular Verbs in the Present Tense (Year 8)
  • Preterit tense of some verbs in Spanish (Year 8)

 

Assessment and Progression

Grading system:

C.A.R Marking (Comment, Action, Response)

% scores given for assessments.

 

Assessment:

A combination of listening, speaking, reading and writing assessments completed in class.

Test on key vocabulary every fortnight.

One formal end of year assessment in Term 5 or Term 6.

 

Extra-Curricular:

Year 7 and Year 8 beginners- European Day of Languages Poster Competition

 

Contact:

Ms Ghani

sghani@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

Mr Riolo

lriolo@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

Mrs Castro

jcastro@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

 

 

 

GCSE French

According to the British Chamber of Commerce applied foreign language skills are on a par with literacy, numeracy and ICT skills in terms of desirability. Studying a modern foreign language will give you the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about how that language works
  • Gain a greater understanding of the culture and country
  • Develop your key skills of communication, analysis, problem solving and empathy
  • Add an international dimension to your choice of GCSEs, something which higher education institutes and employers look on favourably

Course outline

The course is divided into the 4 key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, each of which is worth 25% of the final grade and is examined in at the end of Year 11.

 

You will build on themes and language, grammar and skills that you have started in Key Stage 3 as well as learning new topics and grammar. Topics will include:

  • Family, friends and relationships
  • Free time and sport
  • Social media and technology
  • Customs and festivals
  • Social Issues
  • The environment
  • Travel and tourism
  • Education, careers and future plans
  • Healthy lifestyles

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Assessment and Progression

Examination Board:  

AQA

 

Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)

 

Tiers of entry:

Foundation (grades 1 – 5)

Higher (grades 4 – 9)

 

Assessment:

4 final examinations

 

Paper 1 – Listening

Foundation – 35 minutes

Higher – 45 minutes

 

Paper 2 – Speaking

Foundation –7 – 9 minutes

Higher – 10 - 12 minutes

 

Paper 3 – Reading

Foundation – 45 minutes

Higher – 60 minutes

 

Paper 4 - Writing

Foundation – 60 minutes

Higher – 75 minutes

 

No reference material is allowed.

 

Progression to Post-16:

A-Level French.

 

 

Contact:

Ms Ghani Head of MFL

sghani@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

 

 

 

GCSE Spanish

According to the British Chamber of Commerce applied foreign language skills are on a par with literacy, numeracy and ICT skills in terms of desirability. Studying a modern foreign language will give you the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about how that language works
  • Gain a greater understanding of the culture and country
  • Develop your key skills of communication, analysis, problem solving and empathy
  • Add an international dimension to your choice of GCSEs, something which higher education institutes and employers look on favourably

Course outline

The course is divided into the 4 key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, each of which is worth 25% of the final grade and is examined in at the end of Year 11.

 

You will build on themes and language, grammar and skills that you have started in Key Stage 3 as well as learning new topics and grammar. Topics will include:

  • Family, friends and relationships
  • Free time and sport
  • Social media and technology
  • Customs and festivals
  • Social Issues
  • The environment
  • Travel and tourism
  • Education, careers and future plans
  • Healthy lifestyles

     

    Spain

 

Text Box:

 

 

 

Assessment and Progression

Examination Board:  

AQA

 

Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)

 

Tiers of entry:

Foundation (grades 1 – 5)

Higher (grades 4 – 9)

 

Assessment:

4 final examinations

 

Paper 1 – Listening

Foundation - 35 minutes

Higher – 45 minutes

 

Paper 2 – Speaking

Foundation – 7 – 9 minutes

Higher – 10 – 12 minutes

 

Paper 3 – Reading

Foundation – 45 minutes

Higher – 60 minutes

 

Paper 4 - Writing

Foundation – 60 minutes

Higher -75  minutes

 

No reference material is allowed.

 

Progression to Post-16:

A-Level Spanish.

 

 

Contact:

Ms Ghani Head of MFL

sghani@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

 

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