Modern Foreign Languages
In the Modern Foreign Languages department we firmly believe that learning another language enriches your life and can open many doors in the future. We aim to give pupils the opportunity to learn at least two foreign languages during their education at St. Edward’s. At present we offer French, German and Spanish to GCSE and French and Spanish to A level.
Linguistic competence is important, as is an understanding of different cultures. We try to bring languages to life by giving the opportunity to spend time in a country in which the language is spoken and to this end we offer excursions, exchanges and study trips to France and Spain. Whenever possible we attend A Level Study Days and go on theatre and cinema trips. In June we celebrate a Day of Languages and offer other enrichment activities such as a Year 9 European Lunch, Year 8 Sandwich Surprise and Modern Language Poetry Recitation competitions as well as GCSE revision classes and an annual German Christmas Market. We ensure that we are on hand to help pupils who need additional tuition and those who want to challenge themselves further. also encourage pupils. To that end we have our French and Spanish classes every week.
We are a well-qualified and well-resourced department using both traditional and modern methods of teaching. We have three language assistants who contribute to the achievement of excellent levels of oral competence in all languages. We have achieved very successful public examination results in recent years – see results page for full details.
Pupils have gone on to study languages at university, both as main and as subsidiary subjects.
All pupils study French from the start of Year 7. They have four French lessons per fortnight and use the course book Tricolore Total 1.
In Year 8 pupils have two lessons per fortnight. We use Tricolore Total 2 and Expo 2.
In Year 9 pupils have two French lessons per fortnight. We use Tricolore Total 3 and Expo 3.
After Year 9 pupils choose to study at least one foreign language to GCSE from French or Spanish. Those who choose French have three lessons each fortnight and use Studio Edexcel French. As we follow the Edexcel GCSE syllabus which requires the four skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. They have 6 lessons per fortnight and access to the French Language Assistant.
For AS and A2, we follow the Edexcel syllabus. Pupils have 9-11 lessons per fortnight and a conversation class with the French Language Assistant. At AS two themes are studied: The changes in French society and the Political and Artistic Culture of the French speaking world. Final examinations are taken in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.
At A2 two further topics are studied:Immigration and French multicultural society and the Occupation and . The independent research project is also undertaken and there is study of a novel and a film. Final examinations are taken in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.
In Year 8 and 9 we offer a trip to France which is run at Easter every two years. Pupils in Years 10 and 11 are encouraged to participate in the town exchange with Annecy and to attend a Séjour Linguistique in Burgundy
A Level students are encouraged to spend time in France either through their own contacts or through work experience or through Séjour Linguistique
Spanish is studied first in Year 8 and by all pupils who have three lessons a fortnight and use Viva! 1. In Year 9 pupils continue with their second language. They have three lessons per fortnight and they currently use Viva! 2.
Those pupils taking Spanish GCSE have six lessons per fortnight, use Viva! Edexcel GCSE and follow the Edexcel syllabus which requires the four skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. They have access to the Spanish Language Assistant in Year 11.
For AS and A2, we follow the Edexcel syllabus. Pupils have 9 – 11 lessons each fortnight and a conversation class with the Spanish Language Assistant.
At AS two themes are studied: The evolution of Spanish Society and The Politcal and Artistic Culture of the Spanish speaking World. Final examinations are taken in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.
At A2 three topics are studied:Immigration and Multicultural Spanish Studies and The Dictatorship of Franco and the transition of democracy. An independent research project program is also undertaken and there is study of a novel and a film. Final examinations are taken in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.
In Years 8 and 9 we offer a trip to Barcelona which is run at Easter every two years.
There is a study visit to Valencia for Years 10 – 13 which has proved to be highly successful