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Howden School

Howden School

Teaching & Learning

MFL

Language study at Howden aims to build on the skills and knowledge developed in KS2 as well as providing new opportunities to improve listening, reading, writing and speaking as well as cultural knowledge.  Year 8 students, along with those doing GCSE French have the opportunity to visit Paris and Disneyland during the Easter holidays.

Opportunities are also provided for some students to learn Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and German. There are two Japanese lunchtime clubs (one for year 7/8 and another for year 9/10) and learners work towards the OCR unit awards.  A Chinese Choir and an MFL Choir are also open to all students.

Biannually a two-year GCSE in Spanish is offered to a small group of students (in years 9 and 10) who have shown both success and an excellent attitude to learning in French.  There is also a trip to Madrid to accompany this course.

'Studying a foreign language opens up new worlds and helps you to appreciate other languages, countries, cultures and communities.  Exposure to music, films, food, festivals and literature are all integral parts of language learning, as well as trips and visits.  We live in an increasingly global environment, which we need to be able to access through openness and understanding.'

Miss. V. Brownlee, Curriculum Area Leader of MFL

Key Stage 3 

Year 7

All learners begin their language studies with French focusing on the topics of opinions, hobbies and holidays.  They will develop their use and understanding of verbs.  They can join the Chinese or the MFL Choir or learn to speak Japanese in lunchtime clubs and there is usually a Japanese themed Deep Learning Day.

Year 8

Learners continue to develop their study of French looking at the topics of local environment, hobbies and health as well as an understanding of the wider French speaking world. The more able linguists may study Chinese after school aiming to complete the HSK1 exam.

Key Stage 4 

Year 9

Learners begin their GCSE courses, where they develop their cultural knowledge and language skills. From 2019 we will offer French and to those who shown the aptitude and attitude to learn French, there will be the opportunity to start an ab initio GCSE in Spanish.  We hope to offer the CIOL Real Lives Qualification for the most able students in French at the end of year 9.  The more able linguists may study Chinese after school aiming to complete the HSK1 exam.  There will be a trip to France,  which is primarily for GCSE students.

Year 10

Learners continue with their GCSE courses, further developing their knowledge and understanding as well as beginning to formally prepare for the speaking element of the GCSE. The more able linguists may study Chinese after school aiming to complete the HSK1 exam.  There will be a trip to Madrid for those studying GCSE Spanish. There will be a trip to France,  which is primarily for GCSE students.

Year 11

Learners continue with their GCSE courses, preparing for their GCSE examinations with an initial focus on the speaking and writing elements of the exam.

Useful Links

• http://www.linguascope.com – Language learning games (ask your teacher for the password)
• https://www.vocabexpress.com – (GCSE languages)
• http://www.wordreference.com – Useful for translations or looking up words
• https://www.memrise.com – Useful for GCSE revision
• https://www.duolingo.com – Language practise
• https://www.ivona.com – Check pronunciation for GCSE speaking