Foreign Languages

The Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Department is an enthusiastic team who are dedicated to sharing their love for languages, engaging and motivating students, and who are committed to maintaining the highest standards to achieve success for every single student. The four skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening are covered in all lessons, often using authentic texts and referring to cultural differences and events. Extra-curricular activities have included; an after school club where students have prepared and taken part in a French Drama festival at Bristol University and the Yeo Valley Apprenticeship Challenge, an interschool competition to design a new flavoured yoghurt. Students also need to design its packaging and an advertising campaign aimed at the European market and various bake-offs – all in the target language. We encourage e-friendships and visits from our link schools in Street’s twin-towns of Notre-Dame de Gravenchon and Isny im Allgäu, and have run trips to France and Germany. The hope is to expand these opportunities to visit Spain in the near future. We also have close links with Strode College and recently were invited to participate in an A-level style lesson, using their language lab facilities.

We believe in the importance of languages. We live in a multilingual, multicultural world.

Key Stage 3

Almost every student in Year 7 currently learns French as a Foreign Language. Year groups are split with three or four classes on each side of the year group. Students are taught in mixed ability classes for the first term of Year 7 and, following assessments in December, are settled into new groups according to ability. In Years 8 and 9 the most able students are given the opportunity to study Spanish as a second language.

Key Stage 4

At Crispin, we offer a range of languages at GCSE level including; French, Spanish, Italian, and German.  In recent years we have enjoyed great success with 85% gaining A*-C in Spanish and 65% gaining A*-C in French in 2016. In the same year, just over 19% of candidates achieved an A*/A grade in French while 48% achieved A*-A grade in Spanish. We are striving to build on this success. As of September 2016, 45% of our students have chosen to study languages to GCSE level and we are delighted that a number of students have opted to pursue two languages. Students will follow the linear Edexcel GCSE specifications from 2016. We have also facilitated native speakers to achieve GCSE qualifications in Polish, Dutch, and Portuguese.

Topics Covered this Academic Year

French Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 7 All about me and my family School and free time Home and Away; house, home life and holidays, and Tour de France
Year 8 Multi-media, the past tense, and a virtual visit to Paris Teenage life; relationships with friends, music and fashion, festivals, and home and town The French-Speaking world, the French Revolution, and talents and ambitions
Year 9 Social life and healthy lifestyles; arranging to go out, sport, fitness, healthy eating, and the future tense Jobs and the importance of languages in the world of work

Discussing and planning holidays.

Once options have been made, we aim to begin the GCSE course in the chosen subject after Easter.

Spanish Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 8 Introducing myself and my family School and Food Free time and hobbies; customs and fiestas across the Spanish speaking world
Year 9 Home life; family relationships, where we live, compared to Spanish speaking towns, and the near future tense Discussing and planning holidays in the future and preterite tenses. Going out; food, eating out, clothes, and special occasions

 Languages at KS4

The aims and objectives are to enable students to:

  • develop their ability to communicate confidently and coherently with native speakers in speech and writing, and conveying what they want to say with increasing accuracy,
  • express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently,
  • listen to and understand clearly articulated standard speech at near normal speed,
  • deepen their knowledge about how language works and enrich their vocabulary in order for them to increase their independent use and understanding of extended language in a wide range of contexts,
  • acquire new knowledge, skills, and ways of thinking through the ability to understand and respond to a rich range of authentic spoken and written material adapted and abridged as appropriate, including literary texts,
  • develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries and communities where the language is spoken,
  • be encouraged to make appropriate links to other areas of the curriculum to enable bilingual and deeper learning where the language may become a medium for constructing and applying knowledge,
  • develop language learning skills both for immediate use and to prepare them for further language study and use in school, higher education, or employment,
  • develop language strategies including repair strategies.

Themes and Topics

Theme 1: Identity and culture

  • Who am I?; relationships, when I was younger, what my friends and family are like, what makes a good friend, interests, socialising with friends and family, role models.
  • Daily life; customs and everyday life, food and drink, shopping, social media and technology (use of, advantages and disadvantages).
  • Cultural life; celebrations and festivals, reading, music, sport, film and television.

Theme 2: Local area, holiday and travel

  • Holidays; preferences, experiences, and destinations.
  • Travel and tourist transactions; travel and accommodation, asking for help and dealing with problems, directions, eating out, shopping.
  • Town, region and country; weather, places to see, things to do.

 Theme 3: School

  • What school is like; school types, school day, subjects, rules and pressures, celebrating success.
  • School activities; school trips, events, exchanges.

Theme 4: Future aspirations, study and work

  • Using languages beyond the classroom; forming relationships, travel, employment.
  • Ambitions; further study, volunteering, training.
  • Work; jobs, careers, professions.

Theme 5: International and global dimension

  • Bringing the world together; sports events, music events.
  • Environmental issues; being ‘green’, access to natural resources.

 

Team building games with our friends from Notre-Dame de Gravenchon, France.

 Last Updated: July 2017