Modern Foreign Languages
In the Modern Foreign Languages Faculty, we aim to equip pupils with the necessary skills to communicate in a foreign language, as well as understand and appreciate a different culture. We try to make learning a language as easy, interesting and innovative as possible, and our faculty staff work hard at preparing vibrant, exciting and academically robust lessons, which enthuse students towards success in learning languages.
At present, all students at Emerson Park Academy have the opportunity to study a language at GCSE and are strongly encouraged to do so. GCSE French and Spanish are now very popular Options subject choices and we are pleased to see Emerson Park’s students enjoying their language study. The faculty believes that the benefits to students of continuing to study a language are endless; it improves literacy skills in English, widens their outlook on the world around them, encouraging them to think internationally and prepare them for today’s global workforce.
We love languages, and we aim for Emerson Park Academy’s students to feel the same!
Languages studied 2017
Year 7 : Spanish
Year 8 : French
Year 9 : French
Year 10 : Spanish
Year 11 : Spanish
If your child has ability in another language, for example, mother tongue Polish, Russian or Portuguese, it may be possible to take an additional GCSE in these languages. Please contact Mrs Beattie for more information.
MFL Trips and Visits
In October 2018 we will be taking Year 9 students to Normandy, France. This 5 day experience will immerse students in the French language and bring it alive through engaging activities, as well as excursions to local towns/cities and other cultural experiences. All activities are run by qualified instructors who communicate entirely in the French language. Please see the link below for more information.
In April 2019, we will be taking a group of our Year 11 students to Spain for an exciting linguistic and cultural experience in the city of Madrid. This 4 day trip will immerse students in the Spanish language and bring it alive through a range of activities including:
· A guided tour of the city centre
· A visit to the Bernabeu stadium
· A day at the Warner Brothers Theme Park
· A 2 hour Spanish lesson at Inlingua Language School
· Entry to the Prado Museum
· Evening meals at local restaurants
To learn more about Madrid, please see the link below.
Teaching and learning resources
Highly qualified, full- time members of teaching staff
SMART Board Technology in every MFL Classroom
32 Google Chromebooks exclusively for MFL Use
Brand-new “Allez”, “Studio” and “Viva” course books and “ActiveTeach” interactive resources
Google Classroom e-learning
French contemporary magazines for independent reading
“Linguascope” and “Languages Online” online learning tools
Authentic DVDs and CDs
Access to foreign language assistant for GCSE preparation
Programme of Study at Key Stage 3
In Spanish, the 4 skills of learning a language are equally assessed. These are:
Listening Speaking Reading Writing
We encourage spontaneity in the language and our students speak about a wide range of topics in Spanish. We follow the VIVA course textbook and this allows us to supplement our lessons with listening and reading exercises, which give students feedback on the level that they are attaining.
The topics studied at KS3 include:
- Self, family and friends
- Hobbies, sports, activities and interests
- Food and drink
- Town and local area
- Holidays and future plans
- School life in the UK and in Spanish-speaking countries
Programme of study at Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
Your child will be offered the option to continue with Spanish for GCSE.
We follow the GCSE Specification for exam board AQA. Preparation for this examination aims to help our students develop the language effectively, in everyday situations, providing a deeper insight into the culture of Spain, as well as developing the topics studied in Years 7-9.
The 4 skills are still assessed, equally. The new GCSE will grade your child from 1-9 (9 being exceptional performance) and all of the assessments are external examinations, done at the end of Year 11. There are no resits.
Listening: 25% Reading: 25% Speaking: 25% Writing: 25%
More Able Students
If your child is an able linguist, they could also opt for an extra GCSE in French, which will be an intensive course studied over the 2 years. If they opt for this, they would also have to continue GCSE Spanish; thus, encouraging our most able students to learn 2 languages.
Homework and Independent Learning
Your child will be expected to complete regular, short homework in Years 7-9 and longer pieces of work in years 10-11. This will comprise of reading and writing tasks as well as online homework and learning vocabulary for tests. Homework will always be set by the teacher on the Show My Homework website.
In the event of any issues to do with your child’s French or Spanish studies, please try to resolve queries with their classroom teacher in the first instance. Alternatively, contact Mrs Beattie, Head of MFL.
The faculty also has its own twitter account. Please follow or tweet us @MFLFacultyEPA