St Joseph's R.C. High School
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St Joseph's RC High School

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“They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves.” Acts 2: 4-6

The Department of Modern Languages is made up of a dedicated team of staff who are highly dedicated to their subject area.  Qualifications are offered up to GCSE Level in French and Spanish.  Students are encouraged to develop their independent learning and develop skills and abilities to compare foreign languages with the English language to allow fluent and comprehensive conversation and knowledge to be transferred and retained now and in the future.

We have a Curriculum Area Leader for Modern Foreign Languages who is supported by a team of 2 Teaching Staff.  The faculty is based in the Yates Building.

The Department is dedicated to providing first class teaching to our students.  As part of their Modern Foreign Languages policy, they believe that their aims are:

– To assist students in the development of their ability to understand and use language effectively;

– To provide a positive & stimulating learning experience which may then encourage students to pursue language learning outside and beyond the classroom;

– To develop greater awareness of the benefits of foreign language ability in the workplace, travel & socially;

– To develop students’ cultural awareness;

– To encourage tolerance and acceptance of others;

– To promote the acquisition of transferable language learning skills;

– To encourage language learning through the use of new technologies (eg. VLE, IWB, MP3, etc.)

Homework Policy

Homework is a vital part of the learning process and is used to extend and consolidate the teaching and learning that has taken place in class. The format of homework tasks employed by the subject teacher is dependant upon the topic being studied and the ability level of the pupils:

Written Tasks

For example Worksheets / Question & Answer Tasks / Essays / Role Play Preparation, etc.

Learning Tasks

For example, weekly vocabulary tests/ Irregular verb tests / Revision for formal assessment, etc.

Opportunity will be provided for pupils to retake tests if they fail to achieve a satisfactory result in class.

Extra support will be available for pupils with Additional Learning Needs, assessing comprehension, rather than spellings via match-up activities.

Reading Tasks

For example, comprehension activities – using authentic materials or traditional worksheet resources / Reading Scheme activities – using departmental reading books or magazines, past GCSE papers, etc.

Research Homeworks

Pupils may be asked to conduct research relating to a cultural aspect of French or Spanish life; a famous French or Spanish person, etc.

All students take a Modern Foreign Language at KS3 and most students will continue with their language learning at KS4.

Assessment is of Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing and these skills are given equal weighting (25% each) in the final exam.

Should you require anymore information please do not hesitate to contact Mrs McDonnell the Head of Department.


MFL Department Curriculum Handbook

Modern Languages