MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
The purpose of GCSE studies in Modern Languages is to enable pupils to develop their confidence in the use of Modern Language in both written and spoken forms. Pupils use a range of materials including books, periodicals, videos and cassettes and they are given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with aspects of foreign culture. They also have the opportunity to improve their confidence and skill in speaking foreign languages through regular conversation lessons with foreign language assistants. The departments make extensive use of the language laboratory to work with individuals and groups on improving their language skills.
The GCSE examination will require all the candidates to demonstrate an ability to understand and respond to spoken language and written language, to communicate in speech and in writing, showing knowledge of and applying accurately the grammar and structures prescribed in the specification. There is a single tier of entry and no coursework at GCSE level. We do not anticipate that pupils will study Chinese as their only foreign language.
The GCSE examination will test your proficiency in listening, reading, speaking and writing. The emphasis is on the language used as a means of practical communication equipping the pupils to use French, not only on holiday or writing to 'pen-pals', but also later in life as part of a career, for you will learn how to make telephone calls, make travel arrangements and hotel reservations and write simple business letters. We expect pupils to develop the knowledge and confidence to speak, write and understand French in most day-to-day situations.
The aims of the German course in the Years 10 & 11 are much the same as those of French i.e. to develop and expand skills in the four basic areas: listening, reading, writing and speaking. The GCSE examination is designed to test how well pupils are able to cope with situations which they might encounter on a visit to Germany.
The aims of the GCSE Russian course are similar to those of the other modern foreign languages. Pupils will continue to develop their oral, written and comprehension skills leading to GCSE. There is no coursework component in the GCSE course.
The Spanish GCSE examination tests pupils in four skill areas: speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension. Some pupils will undertake coursework instead of taking the writing examination. The course will centre on developing the ability to communicate using spoken and written Spanish in a wide variety of formal and informal situations.