Languages at The Parker E-act Academy
The GCSE course is intended to allow students who have enjoyed their language learning so far to develop skills they will find useful for travelling abroad in later life for leisure or work. This generation is likely to travel abroad much more than their parents or grandparents, and they will benefit if they are equipped to deal with it. In doing so, they will also enhance their career prospects; a GCSE in Languages is often either an advantage or an actual requirement.We use a topic-based approach, each one taking 4-6 weeks. During KS3 students will already have a basic knowledge of the topics, so we will revise and develop each one. For most of these 7 topics, the outcome is a piece of coursework of just 150-200 words (done in lesson).
The GCSE course gives equal weighting to the four language-learning skills of Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing at 25% for each skill.There is no Writing examination, as it is done as coursework. When the students have completed all their coursework pieces, we select the best 3 to submit for assessment to the moderator.The Speaking tests are conducted by the student`s regular teacher, and we work from banks of pre-pared topic-based questions.The Listening and Reading components are usually answered in English, or by multiple-choice, or by box-ticking.For the examination, students can choose to take the Higher or the Foundation tier in each skill; they can mix and match according to their linguistic strengths.
It is usual for students to continue with their first foreign laungage, and this year the opportunity to begin a second foreign language in a separate class is also being offered (subject to viable numbers). Some students might have concerns about progress in a second language, but past experience has show that students generally achieve similar grades in both languages.
For further information contact - Mrs Edwards (French) and Mr Gercs (German).
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Parker E-act Academy directly.