KS3

Many studies have shown that learning a foreign language not only improves students’ employability, but also strengthens their skills in other subjects. Furthermore, a number of prestigious universities will not accept applications from candidates who do not have a GCSE in at least one modern or ancient language. All students at FSG therefore study two languages at KS3 and at least one language for GCSE. The languages currently offered are French, German and Spanish.

 

Students in years 7 and 8 have two lessons in each of their languages per week. Language study focuses on language skills and grammatical structures, with a termly focus on a particular topic area and its relevant vocabulary, as shown below.

 

Year 7 French

  • Topics: personal information; physical appearances; favourite objects; describing personalities; talking about our family, friends & pets; talking about school; talking about our home; discussing food & eating habits; describing our local area.
  • Grammar: gender distinction; definite & indefinite articles; possessive adjectives; partitive articles; adjective agreement; present tense of regular & irregular verbs; negation; verbs followed by infinitives.
  • Skills: phonics & pronunciation; learning vocabulary; using a bilingual dictionary; reading & listening strategies.

 

Year 7 German

  • Topics: greeting people & talking about our origins; basic information; talking about other people; giving descriptions; talking about where we live; talking about our weekend.
  • Grammar: gender distinction; definite & indefinite articles; nominative, accusative & dative cases; possessive adjectives; using gern to give opinions; using werden with an infinitive to talk about the future.
  • Skills: phonics & pronunciation; spotting cognates; learning vocabulary; using a bilingual dictionary; reading & listening strategies.

 

Year 7 Spanish

  • Topics: personal information; talking about school; talking about our family; talking about our home; discussing our free time; describing our town or city.
  • Grammar: gender distinction; definite & indefinite articles; adjective agreement; present tense of regular & irregular verbs; reflexive verbs; the verb gustar; the near future tense.
  • Skills: phonics & pronunciation; learning vocabulary; using a bilingual dictionary; reading & listening strategies.

 

Year 8 French

  • Topics: talking about our lifestyle; talking about holidays; discussing sports & leisure activities; talking about our daily life & routine; issues in French-speaking countries.
  • Grammar: conjugating reflexive verbs; the near future tense; the perfect tense; modal verbs.
  • Skills: identifying & applying language patterns; speaking & writing strategies.

 

Year 8 German

  • Topics: talking about housework & daily routine; talking about school; describing our last weekend; discussing travel & transport; talking about German festivals & holidays.
  • Grammar: separable verbs; using müssen with an infinitive; the perfect tense.
  • Skills: identifying & applying language patterns; speaking & writing strategies.

 

Year 8 Spanish

  • Topics: talking about my life; discussing television, films and going out; talking about holidays; talking about food & eating habits; discussing clothes & fashion; talking about physical health.
  • Grammar: comparatives; the preterite tense; understanding the difference between tú & usted; comparatives & superlatives.
  • Skills: identifying & applying language patterns; speaking & writing strategies.

KS4

All students study at least one modern foreign language at GCSE with an option to study a second. Students have three hours of core language study a week in year 9-11, with two hours for their additional language in year 9 & 10 and three hours in year 11.

Current year 9 students are studying for the Edexcel Level 2 Certificate (iGCSE) in each respective language. The course is examined at the end of year 11 with three discrete papers: listening (25%), reading & writing (50%) and speaking (25%). For the assessment criteria for this course click here 

Current year 10 & 11 students are studying for the Edexcel Linear GCSE in each respective language. The course examined through a mixture of controlled assessments (writing – 30% & speaking – 30%) and examinations at the end of year 11 (listening – 20% & reading – 20%). For the assessment criteria for this course click here 

As at KS3, students study a mixture of grammar & skills and topic-based vocabulary, as follows (this list is not exhaustive):

 

French

  • Topics: my family and me; my free time; the place in which I live; shopping, festivals & parties; school & education; the world of work; tourism; lifestyle & healthy living; the world in danger – environment & local issues.
  • Grammar & skills: the present, near future & perfect tenses; reflexive verbs; adjective agreement; articles & direct object pronouns; prepositions; modal verbs; the imperfect tense; imperatives; comparatives & superlatives; the conditional mood; relative pronouns; negation; expressions followed by an infinitive; the simple future tense; indirect object pronouns; the perfect infinitive; the passive voice; the pluperfect tense; the subjunctive mood.

 

German

  • Topics: the media today; holidays & travel; our school life; family, friends & relationships; health; the world of work; my home; the environment & its future; free time.
  • Grammar & skills: the present tense; the nominative case; the present in the future; giving opinions; the perfect tense; imperatives; the simple past tense; negation; the future tense; adjective agreement; the accusative case; separable verbs; the conditional mood; modal verbs; comparatives & superlatives; the dative case; reflexive verbs; the pluperfect tense; infinitive expressions.

 

Spanish

  • Topics: holidays & travel; my life & city; school & education; my daily life & relationships; the world of work; my free time; house & home; health; our planet & the environment.
  • Grammar & skills: the preterite tense; the imperfect tense; using usted; the present tense; using adverbs; imperatives; phrases followed by an infinitive; comparatives & superlatives; the future tense; possessive adjectives; using ser and estar; reflexive verbs; negatives; cognates; gender distinction; adverbs of time & frequency; the conditional mood; the perfect tense; using definite & indefinite articles; the present continuous tense; absolute superlatives; prepositions, relative clauses; direct object pronouns; indirect object pronouns; reflexive verbs; the subjunctive mood; the pluperfect tense.

KS5

 The languages department follows the Edexcel A Level syllabus, for more information click here

The courses for each language cover the following topic areas at AS Level:

 

Youth culture and concerns

  • Music and fashion
  • Technology (eg MP3/blogs/mobile phones/internet/games)
  • Relationships (family/friendships and peer pressure)
  • Drink, drugs, sex

 

Lifestyle: health and fitness

  • Sport and exercise
  • Food and diet
  • Health issues (eg smoking, skin cancer, health services)

 

The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the French-speaking world

  • Tourist information, travel and transport
  • Weather (eg natural disasters, climate change)
  • Pollution and recycling

 

Education and employment

  • Education (schooling and higher education)
  • Education policy and student issues
  • The world of work (eg the changing work scene, job opportunities and unemployment)

 

These are then supplemented by focused areas of cultural research at A2 which may include:

 

Geographical area (eg region or city)

Students would be expected to undertake wide research, become aware of and demonstrate understanding of the following:

  • Key people, events and issues (eg demographic, environmental, economic, social, political) that have impacted or are having an impact on the area)
  • Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions

 

Historical study

Students would be expected to undertake wide research, consider and demonstrate understanding of the following:

  • A specific period of history of particular relevance to the chosen country
  • Key people, events and issues from the above period

 

Aspects of modern French-speaking society

Students would be expected to undertake wide research, consider and demonstrate understanding of the following:

  • Key current and recent (21st century/late 20th century) events and issues (eg social, cultural and political) and their impact on society

 

Literature and the arts

Students would be expected to undertake in-depth study of a substantial French-language text, play or film. They would need to consider and demonstrate understanding of the following:

  • Different characters
  • Key themes/issues
  • Social and cultural setting
  • Styles/techniques employed

 

European Dimension

The Modern Foreign Languages department is committed to providing a school-wide European dimension to studies, and this is done through the organisation of in-school festivals (such as the annual Bastille Day celebrations), focus days (such as the y7 World Languages Day) and a number of trips to European destinations.

Departments

  • Art & Design

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  • Business Studies

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  • Citizenship

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  • Computing & ICT

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  • Dance

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  • Design Technology

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  • Drama

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  • Economics

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  • English

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  • Extended Project

    What is Extended Project The Extended Project requires students to carry out an extensive piece of independent work in a topic of their choosing. Students will be required to:  Choose an area of...

  • Geography

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  • Government & Politics

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  • Health & Social Care

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  • History

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  • Mathematics

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  • MFL

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  • Music

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  • Physical Education

    KS3 In Year 7 & 8 pupils have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities for 2 hours a week.  Students will develop their knowledge, understanding and skill level in the following...

  • Psychology

    KS5 Psychology is now classified as the fourth science.  Psychology is a highly valued by many universities including being a popular and useful choice for those hoping to go into medicine,...

  • Religious Education

    KS3 Girls from year 7 receive a general introduction to major World Religions with a discrete focus on Christianity Buddhism and Sikhism. In year 8 girls develop their understanding of these...

  • Religious Studies

    KS5 Do you want to understand yourself and the world around you? Do you  question truths and assumptions? Do you spend most of your time thinking and talking to yourself? Do you enjoy constructing...

  • Science

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  • Sociology

    KS5 Course Content Sociology is an immensely challenging and exciting discipline. Its aim is to understand how societies work. The study of sociology fosters a critical awareness of contemporary social...

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The Folkestone School for Girls

Coolinge Lane

Folkestone, Kent

CT20 3RB United Kingdom

 

Tel: +44 (0) 1303 251125