Language

St Alban's Catholic High School

Modern Foreign Languages

In a multilingual world a modern language has enormous benefit to offer all students. They can learn to interact with people who speak other languages and can gain enormous enjoyment as a result.  CILT, the National Centre for Languages initiated a report which found 700 reasons for studying languages and it is worth taking a look at the findings.

Here in the MFL department we try to promote the enjoyment of languages from the Year 7 right through to the Sixth Form. Every year we are fortunate to have a Language Assistant in the department. They work on a one to one basis with our Sixth Form students but also with small groups or in the classroom with students lower down the School. In addition, every classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard or a projector and the necessary sound systems.

French

 

Year French 
 7

Term 1 (part 1)
Section 1: How to learn a Language
Section2: Developing Reading Skills through a Story
Section3: Personal descriptions: Self, others and monsters

Term 1 (part 2)
Section 1: Countries and stereotypes
Section 2: La France cherche une superstar
Section 3: Christmas Activities
Section 4: Non-verbal Communication and an Introduction to Language
Section 5: Language Roots and Numbers
Section 6: The Olympic Games


Term 2
Section 1: Family Life and Food
Section 2: Daily routine, the time and school in a cross-curricular context
Section 3: Chocolate tasting and rainforests
Section 4: The History of Chocolate
Section 5: Recipes and Flavours
Section 6: Cocoa and Fair Trade
Section 7: Facts and Opinions about Fair Trade
Section 8: Fair Trade in a Global Context
Section 9: Fair Trade Footballs


Term 3
Section 1: Common Sports
Section 2: Olympic Values
Section 3: Maximum Performance
Section 4: Rising Stars
Section 5: Tocard et les Jeux Olympiques d’ hiver
Section 6: The Weather
Section 7: Music

 8 Term 1
Talking about families / Using -er verbs / Talking about jobs people do / Using masculine and feminine nouns / Talking about where people live / Using depuis / Describing the weather / Using the connectives quand and si / Describing a typical day / Using -ir, -re and irregular verbs / Learning about famous French people / Learning that words are not always literal in their meaning / Talking about last weekend / The perfect tense with avoir/ The perfect tense with irregular past participles / Talking about TV programmes you have watched / Giving opinions using C’était / Talking about where you went / The perfect tense with être / Talking about events in the past / Extending and linking sentences / Finding out more about television in France / Talking about TV viewing in more detail / Reinforcement of the perfect tense


Term 2
Making and reacting to invitations / Using the verb vouloir / Making excuses / Using the verbs pouvoir and devoir / Talking about clothes / Adjectival agreement / Shops and shopping / Using comparative adjectives / Understanding a longer text including mixed tenses / Using comparative and superlative / Finding out about young French people’s attitudes / Talking about food / The definite article after aimer and préférer/ Talking about French meals / The partitive article: du, de la, de l’, des / Preparing for a party / Using il faut + infinitive / Shopping for food / Using de with quantities / Eating at a restaurant / Taking part in short dialogues / Reinforcing the past tense / Learning about regional food specialities 


Term 3
Talking about countries and languages / Using the prepositions à and en / Talking about holidays / Asking questions using questions words / Describing a holiday centre / Giving opinions / Talking about a past holiday / More practice with the perfect tense / Finding information about a holiday destination / Taking part in unscripted dialogues / Describing a disastrous holiday / Finding out about the French Revolution / Talking about your friends / Using notre and nos / Talking about pocket money / Using avoir besoin de / Describing things / More comparatives and superlatives / Present, past and future / Using the three main time frames / Hopes and wishes / Using different verbs + the infinitive / Describing your bedroom / Talking about leisure activities / Telling jokes

 9 Term 1

Identify and Culture - Me, my family and friends. Relationships with family and friends

Local, national, international and global areas of interest - Home, town, neighbourhood and region

 

Term 2
Current and future study and employment - My studies

Identity and Culture - Free-time activities: Music; Cinema and TV


Term 3
Identity and Culture - Free-time activities: Food and Eating Out; Sport

Identity and Culture - Customs and festivals in French speaking countries/Communities.

 10 Term 1 

Identify and Culture - Me, my family and friends. Relationships with family and friends

Local, national, international and global areas of interest - Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Current and future study and employment - My studies

Identity and culture - Free-time activities: Music; Cinema and TV; Food and eating out; Sport 

 

Term 2 

Local, national, international and global areas of interest - Social issues. Healthy/unhealthy living

Current and future study and employment - Life at school/college

Identity and culture - Customs and festivals in French speaking countries/communities

  

Term 3

Local, national, international and global areas of interest - Travel and tourism

Current and future study and employment - Education post-16

Identity and culture - Me, my family and friends. Marriage/Partnership

Year-end assessments

 11 Term 1 

Local, national, international and global areas of interest - Global issues, Environment. Social issues, Charity/Voluntary work

Current and future study and employment - Career choices and ambitions

 

Term 2 

Identity and culture - Technology in everyday life, Social Media and mobile technology

Local, national, international and global areas of interest - Global issues, Poverty/homelessness

Mock examination/assessment

  

Term 3

Revision and preparation for assessment

Assessment

 A Levels

Social issues and trends

 

Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

  • La famille en voie de changement
  • o Grands-parents, parents et enfants – soucis et problèmes
  • o Monoparentalité, homoparentalité, familles recomposées
  • o La vie de couple – nouvelles tendances
    • La « cyber-société »
  • o Qui sont les cybernautes ?
  • o Comment la technologie facilite la vie quotidienne
  • o Quels dangers la « cyber-société » pose-t-elle ?
    • Le rôle du bénévolat
  • o Qui sont et que font les bénévoles ?
  • o Le bénévolat – quelle valeur pour ceux qui sont aidés ?
  • o Le bénévolat – quelle valeur pour ceux qui aident ?

 

Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

  • Les aspects positifs d'une société diverse
  • o L'enrichissement dû à la mixité ethnique
  • o Diversité, tolérance et respect
  • o Diversité – un apprentissage pour la vie
    • Quelle vie pour les marginalisés ?
  • o Qui sont les marginalisés ?
  • o Quelle aide pour les marginalisés ?
  • o Quelles attitudes envers les marginalisés ?
    • Comment on traite les criminels
  • o Quelles attitudes envers la criminalité ?
  • o La prison – échec ou succès ?
  • o D'autres sanctions

 

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

  • Une culture fière de son patrimoine culturel
  • o Le patrimoine sur le plan national, régional et local
  • o Comment le patrimoine reflète la culture
  • o Le patrimoine et le tourisme
    • La musique francophone contemporaine
  • o La diversité de la musique francophone contemporaine
  • o Qui écoute et apprécie cette musique ?
  • o Comment sauvegarder cette musique ?
    • Cinéma – le septième art
  • o Pourquoi le septième art ?
  • o Le cinéma – une passion nationale ?
  • o Evolution du cinéma – les grandes lignes

 

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

  • Les ados, le droit de vote et l'engagement politique
  • o Pour ou contre le droit de vote ?
  • o Les ados et l'engagement politique – motivés ou démotivés ?
  • o Quel avenir pour la politique ?
    • Manifestations, grèves – à qui le pouvoir ?
  • o Le pouvoir des syndicats
  • o Manifestations et grèves – sont-elles efficaces ?
  • o Attitudes différentes envers ces tensions politiques
    • La politique et l'immigration
  • o Solutions politiques à la question de l'immigration
  • o L'immigration et les partis politiques
  • o L'engagement politique chez les immigrés

 

A total of two works for A-level

 

 German

 

 Year  Course Content
 7 German is not taught in Year 7
 8 Term 1
German phonics: letter strings and how they sound. / Giving information about yourself using ich: age, how you are, where you live, when your birthday is / Asking other people questions using du / Numbers 0-99 + ordinal numbers 1st, 2nd, 3rd + others / Names of UK and German-speaking countries / Giving info about others using er and sie / The alphabet and spelling words out in German / Colours and using ist to say what colour something is / School bag items and classroom target language. / Months / Saying when your birthday is / Giving your opinions about school subjects / Using und and aber to make longer sentences / Talking about the school timetable / Telling the time / Talking about what you eat and drink at break / Checking verb endings / Describing what you wear at school / Revising einen, eine, ein / Learning about school life in German-speaking countries / Understanding a longer text


Term 2
Giving information about family members / Using the possessive adjectives mein and dein (‘my’ and ‘your’) / Describing people’s appearance / Using adjectives with nouns / Talking about people’s characteristics / Making sentences more interesting / Talking about pets / Using the plural forms of nouns / Understanding a longer email and writing a reply / Finding out the meanings of new words / Talking about sports / Using gern to show what you like doing / Talking about your hobbies and favourite things / Using sein (his) and ihr (her) / Saying how often you do things / Using wir (we) / Arranging to go out and when to meet / Using möchtest du …? (would you like …?) with an infinitive / Understanding information about an adventure sports centre / Using man kann to say what activities there are there


Term 3
Saying where you live / Learning to read long words / Saying what you do in different rooms / Using es gibt to say what there is / Describing your room / Understanding that the verb has to be the second idea / Saying what is in your room / Using prepositions to describe where things are / Saying what you don’t like about your room / Recognising sentences about the past / Learning about some towns and cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland / Talking about the weather / Saying what there is in a town, and talking about types of transport / Recognising plural forms / Asking for and giving directions / Understanding the difference between du and Sie / Buying food and drink at a snack stand using euros / Using ich möchte to say what you would like / Talking about your plans for the summer holidays / Talking about the future (using the present tense)

 9 Term 1
Talking about the weather / Using verbs in the present tense with ich / du / er / sie
Talking about where you went in the holidays / Using ich war andes war to describe a past holiday
Talking about places to stay /Saying what you did, using the perfect tense / Planning leisure activities
Using the 12-hour clock / Saying what you did at the weekend / Using the perfect tense with haben and sein / Talking about a winter holiday / Practising the perfect tense / Giving your opinions about school subjects / Using und and aber to make longer sentences / Talking about the school timetable / Telling the time / Talking about what you eat and drink at break / Checking verb endings / Describing what you wear at school / Revising einen, eine, ein / Learning about school life in German-speaking countries / Understanding a longer text


Term 2
Giving information about family members / Using the possessive adjectives mein and dein (‘my’ and ‘your’) / Describing people’s appearance / Using adjectives with nouns / Talking about people’s characteristics / Making sentences more interesting / Talking about pets / Using the plural forms of nouns / Understanding a longer email and writing a reply / Finding out the meanings of new words / Talking about sports / Using gern to show what you like doing / Talking about your hobbies and favourite things / Using sein (his) and ihr (her) / Saying how often you do things / Using wir (we) /Arranging to go out and when to meet / Using möchtest du …? (would you like …?) with an infinitive/ Understanding information about an adventure sports centre / Using man kann to say what activities there are there


Term 3
Accepting and turning down invitations / Giving reasons using weil (because) / Talking about what you will wear, using the future tense / Using adjectives to make sentences more interesting / Talking about a party you have been to / Using ihr (you) / Talking about your daily routine / Using separable verbs / Talking about problems / Understanding ich hatte / Saying what you want to do, using ich will and wir wollen / Practising the time-manner-place rule / Learning about a German city / Writing about a shopping trip in the perfect tense using sie (they) / Reading a longer text about a school trip / Reading and listening for information about the past, present and future / Playing a game in German / Talking about the past, present and future / Giving information about a town or village / Using media as a source of language

 10

Term 1 

Identify and Culture - Me, my family and friends. Relationships with family and friends

Local, national, international and global areas of interest - Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Current and future study and employment - My studies

Identity and culture - Free-time activities: Music; Cinema and TV; Food and eating out; Sport  

Term 2 

Local, national, international and global areas of interest - Social issues. Healthy/unhealthy living

Current and future study and employment - Life at school/college

Identity and culture - Customs and festivals in French speaking countries/communities

  

Term 3

Local, national, international and global areas of interest - Travel and tourism

Current and future study and employment - Education post-16

Identity and culture - Me, my family and friends. Marriage/Partnership

Year-end assessments

 11

Term 1 

Local, national, international and global areas of interest - Global issues, Environment. Social issues, Charity/Voluntary work

Current and future study and employment - Career choices and ambitions

 

Term 2 

Identity and culture - Technology in everyday life, Social Media and mobile technology

Local, national, international and global areas of interest - Global issues, Poverty/homelessness

Mock examination/assessment

  

Term 3

Revision and preparation for assessment

Assessment

   A Levels

Social issues and trends

 

Aspects of German-speaking society

  • Familie im Wandel
  • o Beziehungen innerhalb der Familie
  • o Partnerschaft und Ehe
  • o Verschiedene Familienformen
    • Die digitale Welt
  • o Das Internet
  • o Soziale Netzwerke
  • o Die Digitalisierung der Gesellschaft
    • Jugendkultur: Mode, Musik und Fernsehen
  • o Mode und Image
  • o Die Bedeutung der Musik für Jugendliche
  • o Die Rolle des Fernsehens

 

Multiculturalism in German-speaking society

  • Einwanderung
  • o Die Gründe für Migration
  • o Vor- und Nachteile der Einwanderung
  • o Migrationspolitik
    • Integration
  • o Maßnahmen zur Integration
  • o Hindernisse für die Integration
  • o Die Erfahrungen verschiedener Migrantengruppen
    • Rassismus
  • o Die Opfer des Rassismus
  • o Die Ursprünge des Rassismus
  • o Der Kampf gegen Rassismus

 

Artistic culture in the German-speaking world

  • Feste und Traditionen
  • o Feste und Traditionen – ihre Wurzeln und Ursprünge
  • o Feste und Traditionen – ihre soziale und wirtschaftliche Bedeutung heute
  • o Vielfältige Feste und Traditionen in verschiedenen Regionen
    • Kunst und Architektur
  • o Künstler und Architekten
  • o Kunst und Architektur im Alltag
  • o Kunst und Architektur – Vergangenheit, Gegenwart, Zukunft
    • Das Berliner Kulturleben damals und heute
  • o Berlin – geprägt durch seine Geschichte
  • o Theater, Musik und Museen in Berlin
  • o Die Vielfalt innerhalb der Bevölkerung Berlins

 

Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world

  • Deutschland und die Europaïsche Union
  • o Die Rolle Deutschlands in Europa
  • o Vor- und Nachteile der EU für Deutschland
  • o Die Auswirkungen der EU-Erweiterung auf Deutschland
    • Die Politik und die Jugend
  • o Politisches Engagement Jugendlicher
  • o Schwerpunkte der Jugendpolitik
  • o Werte und Ideale
    • Die Wiedervereinigung und ihre Folgen
  • o Friedliche Revolution in der DDR
  • o Die Wiedervereinigung – Wunsch und Wirklichkeit
  • o Alte und neue Bundesländer – Kultur und Identität

 

A total of two works for A-level