Huish Academy

Modern Foreign Languages

A well-spoken word in a mother tongue can create good-will in an instant

 

Key Stage 3
Year 7 concentrates on building solid grammar foundations alongside a range of tangible topics e.g. talking about your interests. A very successful language trip to Paris also runs every summer for students in year 7 only. It is extremely popular so on your marks, get set, allez! Year 8: with a solid foundation on recognising basic grammatical terms and making links between languages our students will take on a second language (German/Spanish). Both languages are studied until the end of Key Stage 3 with approximately 80% studying one or more languages at Key Stage 4. Year 8 is aimed at developing key grammar skills to allow students to hold conversations in two or more tenses.

French GCSE
Course Overview The course is broken down into four main topics and divided down into further subtopics. For all three languages, we study: Out and about - Visitor information/weather and environment/local amenities/accommodation/public transport; Customer service and transactions - Cafés and restaurants/shops/dealing with problems; Personal information - General interests/leisure activities/family and friends/lifestyle; Future plans, education and work - Internet language/job advertisements/job applications/CV/school/work experience

German GCSE
Course Overview The course is broken down into four main topics and divided down into further subtopics. For all three languages, we study: Out and about - visitor information/weather and environment/local amenities/accommodation/public transport; Customer service and transactions - cafés and restaurants/shops/dealing with problems; Personal information - general interests/leisure activities/family and friends/lifestyle; Future plans, education and work - Internet language/job advertisements/job applications/CV/school/work experience

Spanish GCSE
Course Overview The course is broken down into four main topics and divided down into further subtopics. For all three languages, we study: Out and about - Visitor information/weather and environment/local amenities/accommodation/public transport; Customer service and transactions - Cafés and restaurants/shops/dealing with problems; Personal information - General interests/leisure activities/family and friends/lifestyle; Future plans, education and work - Internet language/lob advertisements/job applications/CV/school/work experience

Year 9 focusses on further extension of the language and is geared towards setting our students up for and enthusing them to achieve highly at GCSE. Students will be expected to write extended pieces on a variety of topics as well hold a conversation lasting approximately 4 minutes. We use Expo 3 rouge and vert to differentiate between students' abilities as necessary and GCSE foundation books for those who are progressing quickly.

Year 10 is built around mastering subject specific language and grammar which will allow students to access high grades in GCSE controlled assessment pieces: namely in writing and speaking. Writing pieces are approximately 200 words long and speaking assessments last for 4-6 minutes. Lessons are extremely interactive to promote confidence in speaking to one another and encouraging peers to help one another.

Year 11 is aimed at improving subject knowledge across language GCSE topics; exam skill techniques and completing the Controlled Assessment units. Organisation is key at this stage as well as regular reviewing of vocabulary and grammar in preparation for the reading and listening exams. Students should be accessing past papers at home and completing regular listening exercises as independent study. These can be found on the likes of BBC bitesize or Edexcel.

Hugo Gardner

Mr Gardner teaches French and Spanish across all key stages and is passionate about all three subjects offered at Huish Academy. Mr Gardner studied A levels in French, Spanish, History and English before going on to study Modern Foreign Languages at Bristol University. When studying and working in Argentina and the South of France Mr Gardner discovered his true love of languages and realised he wanted to impart that to others. He is passionate about using an understanding and knowledge of languages to create opportunity later in life and is passing on that passion to students here at the academy.


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