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Broadoak College

Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College A High Performing Specialist School

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Modern Foreign Languages

 

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Vision

The Modern Foreign Languages faculty at Broadoak is a lively curriculum area, where students feel supported and encouraged to do their Personal Best.

Early emphasis is on Speaking and Listening to build confidence and develop accurate pronunciation. The other skills, Reading and Writing, follow soon after and together these 4 Attainment Targets form the basis of our work towards a teacher-assessed National Curriculum Level at the end of Key Stage Three.

Our enthusiastic team of teachers pride themselves in their good relationships with their students and cater for their individual needs. We use a range of teaching and learning styles and provide the opportunity for students to use a variety of Literacy and Key Skills.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9):

The main courses used throughout Key Stage 3 are Expo for French and Viva for Spanish.

In Year 7, students cover topics including introducing and describing yourself and others, family, pets, jobs, where people live and directions.

In Year 8, students learn how to talk about sport, weather and hobbies, to describe what they have done the previous weekend and holidays.

Topics for Year 9 students include free time, holidays, school and French cinema.

All students have regular opportunities to use the Interactive Whiteboard and often work individually in an ICT suite using technology to reinforce and extend the learning done in lessons as well as completing research to develop their cultural awareness. We subscribe to www.linguascope.com which is a language learning website full of enjoyable activities such as memory games, Noughts and Crosses, Hangman and Word Tetris. We make use of Linguascope and TaskMagic to consolidate learning, which contain a variety of activities, such as memory games, multiple choice against the clock, Invaders, Mazes, Jump, Pool and Football, which can be accessed from the LRC and at home via the VLE to revisit topics we have covered in lessons.

Key Stage 4:

(Year 10)

Using the new 9-1 AQA linear specification, the course continues developing the four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The main course used is ‘AQA GCSE FRENCH’ published by OUP, which Kerboodle; an online platform which matches precisely the work covered in lessons and can be accessed by students from home. These resources recap and extend the knowledge and understanding gained in Key Stage Three and prepare students for the GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11.

(Year 11)

Using the A*-G AQA modular specification, the course continues developing the four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The main courses followed are Expo 4 Vert (Foundation) and Rouge (Higher). These recap and extend the knowledge and understanding gained in Key Stage Three and prepare students for the GCSE examination. We subscribe to alfiecloud.com, which offers online AQA examination practice via the VLE. Students can review their results and will be advised of areas for development based upon them.

Homework

Homework is set regularly via Show My Homework and provides the opportunity to reinforce and extend the learning that has taken place in the lessons. This could be in the form of learning homework, reading and writing activities or an online task.

Educational visits     

During their time at Broadoak students may have the opportunity to travel to France or Spain.

Previously, groups of enthusiastic Year 7 and 8 students have undertaken an action packed short visit to Lille where they had a tiring but fantastic time. During the trip, they visited a waffle factory and the famous Christmas market with its carousel wheel.

During the Easter holidays, the faculty organises a very successful visit to Paris, which is aimed primarily at Key Stage Four students. During their stay, they visit a patisserie, Notre Dame, a traditional French Market, a chocolate museum, Sacré Cœur, the Padlock Bridge (Le Pont des Arts) and the Eiffel Tower. They also see some of Paris’ other famous landmarks during a boat trip on a ‘Bateau Mouche’.  Students always thoroughly enjoy it.

Facilities

We are situated in E wing with the faculty of Creative Arts. We have three classrooms, each equipped with an interactive whiteboard, data projector and resources to support the delivery and learning of Modern Foreign Languages. Each member of the faculty has their own laptop.

Meet the Team

Ms C Roberts

Head of Modern Foreign Languages

Ms SJ Evans

Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages (KS4 Co-ordinator)

Mrs E Cain

Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages

Mr A Knight Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages (Head of Lower School)

Mr A Hardie

Teacher of MFL