The Modern Foreign Languages Faculty

Teaching and Learning Director
Mr J. McStocker

The Modern Foreign Language faculty at Oulder Hill believe that learning a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience. It helps all pupils to develop their interest and curiosity in the similarities and differences between themselves and others. It offers pupils the opportunities to meet people from other countries and cultures and helps broaden pupils’ horizons by experiencing new and different languages and cultures.

We are a dedicated team who commit ourselves wholly to raising attainment and immersing pupils in exciting and innovative language experiences in the classroom, provide opportunities for all students to achieve their full potential and to promote and enable academic achievement of the highest calibre. Not least among our aims is a desire to foster within our students a love of Foreign Languages and culture. Our aim is to bring languages to life and for students to be successful.

Students have the option to study from the following languages: French, Spanish, German and Italian.

Years 7 & 8

During Key Stage 3 (years 7 & 8) students have three lessons per week and are able to select two languages to study. Language lessons are taught in mixed ability classes with homework set twice per week. Students are assessed in the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and on their knowledge and application of grammatical principles.

French, Spanish, German and Italian – Year 7

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4

 

Alphabet & phonetics.

Greetings

Classroom vocab

Weather

 

Numbers to 31

Days of week

Months

Dates and birthdays

 

Personality

Pets

Family

Colour

Physical description

 

The present tense of regular verbs

 

Introduction to literary texts

 

Sports

Frequency

Giving opinions

Justifying opinions

 

Music and reading habits

 

Festivals and celebrations

 

Students study their other language

 

School subjects

 

Giving opinions and justifications

 

School facilities

 

School rules

 

Daily routine

 

Present tense of verbs

 

Social media and technology

 

Introduction to literary texts

 

Film and Television

 

Students study their other language

 

Year 8 – French, German, Italian and Spanish

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4

 

–          Holiday destinations

–          Holiday activities

–          Revision of present tense

 

–          Food and drink

–          Shopping for food and drink

–          Numbers

–          Quantities

 

–          Describing a past holiday

 

–          Preterite/perfect tense of verbs

 

–          Describing accommodation

 

–          Booking accommodation

 

–          Local area

 

–          Directions

 

–          Literary extracts

 

 

 

 

Students study their other language

 

–          Jobs

–          Places of work

 

–          Personal qualities and interests

 

–          Pocket money

 

–          Advantages and disadvantages of different jobs

–          Giving opinions and justifications

 

–          Ambitions: future study and beyond

 

–          Volunteering

 

–          Using languages beyond the classroom

 

–          Introduction to poetry: reading and responding and using language creatively.

 

Students study their other language

Years 9, 10 & 11

All students in Years 9-11 study the language of their choice over five lessons per fortnight in mixed ability groups. Homework is set twice per week, one is a learning activity and one writing or speaking. Students are assessed in the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and on their knowledge and application of grammatical principles.

All languages are taught to GCSE and examined at the end of Year 11.

The 4 skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are examined and are worth 25% each.

Year 9

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Topic area:

Who am I?

 

Family and friends: physical description and talking about personality

 

Friendships and role models: personal qualities

 

The present tense of verbs

 

Free time: interests

 

Speaking preparation

 

 

 

 

Topic area:

Daily life

 

Daily routine and using reflexive verbs

 

Food and drink: giving opinions and justifications; mealtimes; food and drink in TL countries.

 

Shopping for food and drink and clothes: role-play practice; asking questions.

 

Social media and technology: uses and advantages and disadvantages.

 

Writing and speaking practice.

 

Topic area:

Cultural life

 

TV and films

 

Reading habits

 

Music

 

Sport

 

Describing festivals and traditions in TL-speaking countries

 

Family celebrations

Writing and speaking practice.

 

 

 

Topic area:

School

 

Talking about school subjects

 

Talking about school day and routine

 

Discussing school timetable

 

Describing school uniform

Talking about advantages and disadvantages of school uniform

 

Preterite/perfect tense of verbs

 

School trips

 

Rules and pressures at school

 

Comparing school in UK and TL countries

Topic area:

School

 

Imperfect tense

 

Describing primary school

 

Comparing primary school to high school

 

Literary text.

 

Writing and speaking practice.

 

Revision for end-of-year exams

 

 

Topic area:

School

 

Summer exams and exam preparation

 

Events and successes at school

 

The future tense of verbs

 

Planning a school trip/exchange

 

Literary texts: deconstructing a text; identifying key linguistic features; deducing and inferring meaning.

 

 

 

 

Year 10

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Topic area:

Holidays

 

Destinations: Talking about location; cities and countries

 

Holidays:

talking about holiday preferences; opinions and justifications; expressing plans and intentions; asking questions

 

Talking about a past holiday

 

Speaking preparation

 

 

 

 

Topic area:

Travel and tourist transactions

 

Methods of transport:

advantages and disadvantages; travel by train and bus

 

Places in town

 

Asking for directions

 

Asking for information

 

Dealing with problems (e.g. lost items)

 

Describing accommodation: types of accommodation;

booking a hotel room; hotel facilities; complaints

 

Eating out in a restaurant

 

Speaking preparation

 

Topic area:

Town, region and country

 

Describing local area: places in a town; what there is to see and do; positives and negatives

 

Discussing the weather and plans

 

Shopping: types of shops; buying clothes; complaints; shopping for food; using quantities

 

Online shopping: advantages and disadvantages

 

Speaking preparation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topic area:

Future aspirations, study and work

 

Talking about how you earn money

 

Jobs and professions: advantages and disadvantages; personal qualities and interests

 

Applying for a job

 

Speaking preparation

 

Topic area:

Ambitions

 

Y10 exams

 

The conditional tense of verbs

 

Talking about plans, hopes and wishes: future plans for study, volunteering and work

 

 

Topic area:

Using languages beyond the classroom

 

Using languages: discussing the importance of languages; famous TL speakers

 

Studying languages abroad

 

Working abroad

 

Cultural project on TL-speaking areas: geographical location and features (natural attractions); weather;   festivals; music;

Sport; food and drink; daily life; things to see and do

 

 

 

 

 

Year 11

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Topic area:

International and Global Dimension

 

Global issues and solutions

 

The environment:

environmental issues; solutions; protecting the environment

 

Ethical shopping

 

International events: arguments for and against

 

Speaking preparation

 

 

Topic area:

Exam preparation

 

Preparation for PPE speaking examination:

Role-play;

picture-based task;

conversation

 

Preparation for PPE Listening, Reading, Writing

 

Christmas and New Year traditions

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Topic area:

Exam preparation

 

Preparation for speaking examination:

Role-play;

picture-based task;

conversation

 

Preparation for exams: Listening, Reading, Writing

 

 

 

 

Topic area:

Exam preparation

 

Preparation for speaking examination:

Role-play;

picture-based task;

conversation

 

Preparation for exams: Listening, Reading, Writing

 

Topic area:

Exam preparation

Preparation for speaking examination:

Role-play;

picture-based task;

conversation

 

Preparation for exams: Listening, Reading, Writing

 

 

 

LINKS TO SPECIFICATIONS:

French

German

Italian

Spanish

Additional Information

Extra Support is offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school for all students. As extra-curricular lessons we are offering Urdu and Arabic this year.

There are residential visits to France and Italy which take place each year.