Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Leader: Mr M. Thomas-Peter

“Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.”

(Goethe)

The Modern Foreign Languages department is passionate about developing global citizens.  We are a high achieving department with excellent uptake in the national context.  We currently offer French, Spanish and German and our highly-skilled staff can all teach a combination of these.

All students currently study both French and Spanish in Year 7, with the majority continuing with both languages during Year 8.

Please visit our Modern Foreign Languages pages on the Fulford School VLE to see our range of exciting and interactive courses.

Fulford School VLE

Students can opt to study AQA French and/or Spanish as GCSE options subjects and these are studied from Year 9 through to Year 11 as part of the three-year Key Stage 4 course.

Due to the introduction of the new GCSE course from 2016, both the old and new specifications will be taught during 2016-17. These courses are structured in the following way:

Year 11 (Old Specification):

  • Listening 20% (exam)
  • Reading 20% (exam)
  • Speaking 30% (controlled assessment tasks)
  • Writing 30% (controlled assessment tasks)

Two controlled assessment tasks are entered for speaking and writing (15% each) and are carried out throughout the course.

Year 9 and 10 (New Specification – 2016 onwards):

  • Listening 25%
  • Speaking 25%
  • Reading 25%
  • Writing 25%

In the new specification, all skills will be assessed via examinations at the end of Year 11. There are therefore no controlled assessment tasks.

Additional Information can be found by following the link:
AQA Website

Students follow the AQA A Level course in French, Spanish and German at KS5. Uptake is good, with increasing numbers of students opting to continue studying beyond AS level. Once again, with the introduction of the new A level course, both the old and new specifications will be taught during 2016-17.

The courses are structured as follows:

Year 13 (Old Specification):

The A2 course covers:

  • Environment: pollution, energy and protecting the planet.
  • The multi-cultural society: immigration, integration and racism
  • Contemporary social issues: wealth and poverty, law and order and the impact of scientific and technological progress
  • 2 Cultural topics from a choice of:
    • a target language speaking region/community
    • a period of 20th century history from a target language-speaking country/community
    • a novelist/dramatist/poet from a target language-speaking country/community
    • a director/architect/musician/painter from a target language-speaking country/ community.

The A2 is assessed through 2 exam units:

  • Unit 3: Listening, Reading and Writing (35% of A Level)
  • Unit 4: Speaking Test. (15% of A Level)

Year 12 (New Specification – 2016 onwards):

Content:

Modules and themes covered in both the AS and A level courses:

Module 1: Social Issues and Trends

  • Theme 1: Aspects of French/Spanish-speaking society: current trends

French: Family and relationships, technology and voluntary work

Spanish: Family and relationships, technology and equal rights

Module 2: Political and Artistic Culture

  • Theme 1: Artistic culture in the French/Spanish-speaking world

French: Cultural heritage, music and cinema

Spanish: Modern-day idols (music/cinema/TV/fashion), regional identity and cultural heritage

1st Cultural Topic: a film

 

Modules covered in the A level course (Year 13) only:

Module 1: Social Issues and Trends

  • Theme 2: Aspects of French/Spanish-speaking society: current issues

French: Diversity, marginalisation and crime

Spanish: Immigration, racism and integration

Module 2: Political and Artistic Culture

  • Theme 2: Aspects of political life in the French/Spanish-speaking world

French: Political engagement of young people / the right to vote, demonstrations and strikes and politics of immigration

Spanish: Young people and politics, monarchies and dictatorships and popular movements

2nd Cultural Topic: a book

Individual Research Project:

Students identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where French/Spanish is spoken. They will demonstrate their ability to initiate and conduct individual research by analysing and summarising their findings, in order to present and discuss them in the speaking assessment.

Assessment:

From 2016, pupils will continue to study towards both the AS and A level qualifications. However, the results of their AS will not contribute towards their A level result in Year 13. As such, all material covered in both years will be tested in the A level exam.

The AS Level is assessed through 3 exam units:

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (45% of AS level)

  • Listening questions, including one summary
  • Reading questions, including one summary
  • Translation from French/Spanish into English

Paper 2: Writing (25% of AS level)

  • Translation from English into French/Spanish
  • One essay question on cultural topic (book or film)

Paper 3: Speaking (30% of AS level)

  • 2 discussions based on 2 stimulus cards on topics covered

The A Level is also assessed through 3 exam units:

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (50% of A level)

  • Listening questions, including one summary
  • Reading questions, including one summary
  • Translation from French/Spanish into English
  • Translation from English into French/Spanish

Paper 2: Writing (20% of A level)

  • Two essay questions, each on a different cultural topic (book and film)

Paper 3: Speaking (30% of A level)

  • A discussions based on 1 stimulus card on topics covered
  • Presentation and discussion of Individual research Project

Additional information can be found by following this link.
AQA Website

Historically, we have offered pupils in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 the opportunity to take part in exchanges and trips to a variety of destinations in both France and Germany and it is our intention to continue providing such experiences in the future, subject to there being sufficient uptake. Additionally, due to the recent introduction of Spanish, we are actively working to set up similar opportunities in Spain.