Modern Foreign Languages
Knowing a Modern Foreign Language has never been more important than in today’s society where globalisation and international relationships are dominating the world. Consequently, at Lutterworth College, we believe that our students should be given the opportunity to study a Modern Foreign Language as this will enable them to become citizens of the world as well as develop life-long personal and interpersonal skills, and gain a better understanding and knowledge of the environment they live in. In their Language lessons, students at our school will experience the enjoyment of discovering other cultures whilst exploring new ways to communicate. The languages’ lessons are designed to encourage students to speak in the foreign Language whilst developing listening, reading and writing skills. Students studying a Modern Foreign Language will be given the opportunities to experience learning a foreign language in a variety of situations, which will encourage them to develop communication skills.
We work alongside our Church of England CHRIST values to enrich how our students experience languages, preparing them for a life outside of education. Students are able to demonstrate these values at various points across the three years in the following ways:
Being Courageous in the way they try to use the target language in lessons
Being Hardworking in the way they approach all of their work
Being Reflective in self-assessment and their Directed Improvement Reflection Time (DIRT)
Being Inspirational by adapting patterns to express what they want to say
Being Supportive of their peers when working in small groups in the target language
Being Tenacious in their attitude to learning, never giving up on themselves
Key Stage 3
We aim to make language learning a rewarding, confidence-building and enjoyable experience. Students will develop a wide range of transferable and lifelong learning skills including: collaboration, independence, resilience, tolerance, creativity, development of memory and oral skills. Students will learn to look for and spot patterns in language, and learn how words are connected and can be put together successfully. They will develop a wide range of vocabulary and their knowledge of the target language will encourage them to be reflective about their own language, thus improving their literacy skills and vocabulary. Our Key Stage 3 curriculum will give students the necessary foundations for beginning the GCSE course.
Key Stage 4
Languages are an option at GCSE, and students who opt to study a language will continue with the language they started in Y7. Through a variety of topics, students develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, necessary to communicate effectively. In both languages, the specification covers three distinct themes. These themes apply to all four question papers.
Theme 1: Identity and culture
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where French/Spanish is spoken.
A typical language lesson incorporates all 4 skills and high frequency vocabulary and grammar are being taught to develop fluency and understanding of the language, as well as accuracy. Systematic revisiting and recycling of grammar and vocabulary throughout the academic years aim to ensure long-term memorisation and retention.
Key Stage 5
At the college we are able to offer French and Spanish to A level, students who opt to do a language at A level will have studied the same language from Y7 and will sit the A level exam. The A level specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society and fosters a range of transferable skills, including communication, critical thinking and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and to society.
In our language lessons, students will develop their understanding of themes relating to the society and culture of the countries where French or Spanish are spoken, and their language skills; they will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in the target language.
The approach is a focus on how French/Spanish-speaking society has been shaped, socially and culturally, and how it continues to change. Students study aspects of the social context together with aspects of the artistic life of French/Spanish-speaking countries.
Students following this specification will develop their language knowledge, understanding and skills through:
- using language spontaneously to initiate communication
- applying knowledge of pronunciation, morphology and syntax, vocabulary and idiom to communicate accurately and coherently
- using language-learning skills and strategies
- listening and responding to spoken passages including some extended passages from a range of different contexts and sources
- reading and responding to a variety of
- understanding the main points, gist and detail from spoken and written material
- inferring meaning from complex spoken and written material
- assimilating and using information from spoken and written sources
- summarising information from spoken and written sources, reporting key points and subject matter in speech and writing
- translating an unseen passage from the TL into English
- translating unseen sentences from English into the TL.
Students will also study one book and a film from the AQA specified list. They must know, understand and be able to respond critically in writing in the TL to the work they have studied.