Modern Foreign Languages
Head of Faculty & A Level Coordinator
KS3 Coordinator for French
KS3 Coordinator for German
Teacher in charge of Year 7 & Spanish
Assistant Headteacher & Teacher of French & German
Teacher of French & German
Teacher of French, German & Spanish
Part-time Teacher of French & Spanish
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 half of our students learn French and the other half Spanish (students are taught in tutor groups). They continue with French or Spanish throughout KS3, following Expo for French and Viva for Spanish. Each teacher supplements the course books with a range of tailor-made resources and activities, which we hope will help to develop a love of language learning to last for years to come.
Commencing in September 2018, all of Year 8 will study German as their second language. They will have 2 x 100 minutes of French OR Spanish and 2 x 100 minutes of German. The vast majority of students will continue to be taught in mixed-ability groups (there will be Endeavour groups for our most able linguists). This format will continue into Year 9 (September 2019).
Students commencing Year 9 in September 2018 will continue with French & German (the majority of students) or French alone with some basic German or Spanish. As above, most of our students will be taught in mixed-ability groups.
Key Stage 4
In September 2018 and 2019, students will be able to opt for GCSE in French, German or both languages. GCSE students have 3 x 100 minute lessons per language per fortnight. We currently use Edexcel exam board and students have access to Edexcel course books and audio materials. Please note that there is no more coursework for GCSE. Students take a Speaking Test at the end of Year 11, which is worth 25% of the total GCSE marks.
Students will also be able to opt for beginners' Spanish. As this is an accelerated course, it is only really suitable for our most able and enthusiastic linguists.
From 2020 students will be able to opt for French or Spanish GCSE combined with German (3 x 100 minutes per fortnight per language). We hope to offer accelerated GCSE courses in French and Spanish, to enable all students to access GCSE in all three languages, regardless of their KS3 allocation. However, this will be dependent on uptake from students and staffing levels.
A Level uptake at Farlingaye continues to be healthy. Our students have 6 x 100 minute lessons per fortnight plus time with Foreign Language Assistants. We enter students for the Edexcel 'A' level examination and have been very successful in terms of exam results over the past few years. New textbooks and associated resources including CD-ROMs and DVDs, are in place to cater for the AS and A2 exams. Students have the opportunity to participate in Exchange visits to Germany and Spain and there is a Sixth Form trip to Berlin with a trip to Paris in the pipeline for 2019.