At Poole High School the purpose of studying a foreign language is to provide students with an opening to other cultures. Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world.

Learning languages gives pupils opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity. They explore the similarities and differences between languages and learn how to manipulate and apply language in a variety of situations. The development of communication skills, together with understanding the structure of language, lay the foundations for future study and support the development of literacy skills in a student’s own language.

The Modern Foreign Language Department’s intent can be divided into three strands: Comprehension, communication and culture.

Comprehension:-

Students who follow French and Spanish will be given the opportunity to work in differing ways with a variety of written and spoken texts; from pair work, group work and games to more formal activities such as translation and dictation. Students will be explicitly shown de-coding strategies, which are consistent across the department and are applied across the year groups in order to facilitate independence and foster a love of reading the target language for pleasure.

 

Communication:-

Clear departmental success criteria, which build year on year, provide students with stepping stones as well as challenge and enable students to communicate successfully, and with increasing sophistication, no matter which topic is being studied. Students will also be equipped with the confidence to apply their language skills outside of the classroom, in the real world.

Departmental Courses

  • GCSE French
  • GCSE Spanish
  • GCE French

Who do I contact for more information?

Mrs K Dolman (k.dolman@poolehigh.poole.sch.uk)

All students study French

Year 7: Students learn to communicate about themselves using advanced connectives and opinions.

Year 8: Students learn to communicate about leisure and travel, using advanced connectives along with a variety of linguistic structures as well as the past and future tense.

Year 9: Students learn to communicate about their teenage life using advanced connectives, a variety of linguistic structures and three tenses.

Years 10 and 11: Students upskill and extend their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar to communicate on a variety of topics in a structured and sophisticated way.

Years 12 and 13: Students are able to debate, analyse, evaluate and draw conclusions on current issues in the francophone world as well as on literary works and films.

MFL – GCSE French

Why study French?

More than 220 million people speak French and French is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world. French is also the only other language, alongside English, which is taught in every country of the world.

The UK trades with over 200 countries worldwide. UK businesses need people with language skills and knowledge of a language is a unique selling point and a qualification that employers respect. Studying a language can also help you get into Further Education; many courses at university now ask for a language qualification, regardless of the subject of the course. You will be able to communicate for travel or work and enjoy new cultures.

French is an academic subject, which will enable you to develop a number of transferrable skills; such as the ability to communicate, analyse, problem solve, work under pressure, take risks and be creative.

Topics include:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

Assessment

  • End of year 11 exams in all four skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing
  • Paper 1: Listening 25%

Section A: Answer in English

Section B: Answer in French

  • Paper 2: Speaking 25%

Role play, photo card and general conversation

  • Paper 3: Reading 25%

Section A: Answer in English

Section B: Answer in French

Section C: Translation from French to English

  • Unit 4: Writing 25%

Two written tasks, plus a translation from English to French

Which students do well at French?

  • …those with an open mind, who wish to discover new cultures
  • …those who are sociable and relish a challenge
  • …those who would like to go on to further education, particularly university
  • …those who want to work in a multinational company or in leisure & tourism

 
MFL – GCSE Spanish
Why study Spanish?

Spanish is the third largest world language in terms of number of speakers and is spoken in 21 countries across the globe.  It is the native language of over 410million speakers around the world. Learning Spanish therefore allows you to communicate across the globe.

UK businesses need people with language skills and knowledge of a language is a unique selling point and a qualification that employers respect. Studying a language can also help you get into Further Education; many courses at university now ask for a language qualification, regardless of the subject of the course. You will be able to communicate for travel or work and enjoy new cultures.

Spanish is an academic subject, which will enable you to develop a number of transferrable skills; such as the ability to communicate, analyse, problem solve, work under pressure, take risks and be creative.
Topics include:            

    Identity and culture
    Local, national, international and global areas of interest
    Current and future study and employment

Assessment

    End of year 11 exams in all four skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing
    Paper 1: Listening 25%

Section A: Answer in English

Section B: Answer in Spanish

    Paper 2: Speaking 25%

Role play, photo card and general conversation.

    Paper 3: Reading 25%

Section A: Answer in English

Section B: Answer in Spanish

Section C: Translation from Spanish to English

    Unit 4: Writing 25%

Two written tasks, plus a translation from English to Spanish
Which students do well at Spanish?

    …those with an open mind, who wish to discover new cultures
    …those who are sociable and relish a challenge
    …those who would like to go on to further education, particularly university
    …those who want to work in a multinational company or in leisure & tourism

 

French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English. A Level French is a highly respected academic qualification that will equip you to converse confidently as well as enrich your knowledge and skills base in English. Language study naturally enhances your confidence, communication skills and ability to problem solve (which stimulate brain function and memory). Language learning is a social skill and studying French at Poole High School will provide you with the opportunity to build friendships with Italian, Swiss or German students, who choose every year to study French at Poole High School. You will therefore be able to enjoy the practical application of what you are learning. Success in this course depends on a commitment to little and often practice, not being afraid to ‘have a go’ and make mistakes.

Departmental Courses

A Level French

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The A-level specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and society.

Year 12

The two themes over-arching the two-year course are: social issues and trends and political and artistic culture. In the first year, you will start with a phase of intensive grammar study linked to the content of the course. You will then develop all four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) whilst building your knowledge of aspects of french speaking society and artistic culture in the french-speaking world. You will also study a celebrated film or book (un sac de billes and la classe). At the end of the first year, you will start to plan your independent research study.

Year 13

In the second year, further aspects of the social background are covered, this time focusing on issues such as life for those on the margins of french-speaking society as well as looking at the positive influences that diversity brings. You will also study aspects of the political landscape in a french-speaking country. You will study the second celebrated work (book or film), as well as continuing with your independent research work and honing the four skills in preparation for the final examinations.

Assessment

Paper 1 listening, reading and writing based on the two themes studied (50% of a level).

Paper 2 writing based on the book and film studied (20% of a level).

Paper 3 speaking based on individual research project (30% of a level).

Who can I contact for help?

Mrs S Bannister (s.bannister@poolehigh.poole.sch.uk)

Learning a language at an advanced level will naturally increase your employability and your likelihood of travelling, living and working abroad, as france is the fifth biggest economy and top three locations for foreign investments. Learning how to speak french opens the doors to french companies in not only france, but also in other french-speaking parts of the world such as canada, switzerland, belgium, and north and sub-saharan africa. While you can benefit from knowing a foreign language with nearly every industry, here are the main highlights:

  • Media(journalism) and film industry
  • Tourism and travel services industry including airlines and hotels
  • Banks and insurance companies
  • Local, state and federal government
  • International non-profit organizations
  • Publishing companies
  • Department of defense and international embassies.
  • Representatives of foreign companies
  • Health services
  • Social services
  • Immigration services
  • Primary and secondary schools, universities, and colleges

Wherever possible we assist students in gaining GCSE qualifications in languages in which they are fluent, such as: Chinese, Russian, Polish, Arabic, and Italian.

Thanks to the MFL curriculum, students will develop the essential discipline of practising actively, and little and often, in order to build durable long-term memories. Students can achieve this through to their interactive knowledge organisers (which are fully integrated into lessons and home-works) and regular departmental vocabulary quizzes.

Culture:

Students will be inspired to appreciate the relevance of speaking another language in the wider world, not only by the expert use of the target language by their teachers, but also by continual references to the opportunities that language skills can provide, both home and abroad. The MFL curriculum strives to provide opportunities to use the language on a practical ‘real-life’ level through projects, such as writing to students in Cherbourg and communicating with tourist information offices.

The students’ experience is also enriched by our range of extra-curricular activities:-

Globetrotters (a club which celebrates a range of cultures, languages and customs)

A’ Level Aspiration club

A day trip to France

A long weekend trip to France