Languages

Key Stage 3

All pupils have 4 or 5 lessons of French a fortnight throughout Key Stage 3. Most pupils also start a second language in Year 7, which continues to the end of Year 9 alongside French. In the current Year 7, the second language is chosen from Spanish, Japanese or Chinese. There is also provision for children who need extra support in English.

Aims:
The Key Stage 3 Languages curriculum aims to enable pupils to:

  • to communicate information about themselves in speech and in writing
  • to express and develop ideas and thoughts in another language
  • to understand and respond to spoken and written language
  • to communicate for practical purposes
  • to develop strategies for learning languages
  • to develop and understanding of grammatical and linguistic structures
  • to appreciate the customs and traditions of the target language country
  • to appreciate the differences between the target language country and their own culture

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/guide/ gives a quick guide to the features of the languages offered at KLB.

All classes have some access to our Computer suite on a rota basis for lessons and most classes have some access to the Audio room.

Key Stage 4

The following are available as Key Stage 4 options:

  • GCSE French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese (AQA examination board)
  • GCSE Japanese (Edexcel examination board)
Key Stage 5

A levels are offered in:

  • French and Spanish (AQA examination board)
  • Japanese (Edexcel examination board)

For Chinese, students study the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Pre-U Mandarin. This is equivalent to an A level, recognised by universities in the UK and overseas and the qualification carries similar UCAS points to a full A level subject.

Exchanges and Trips

Students have the opportunity to take part in a range of well-established overseas visits to support their language learning.  Trips that regularly run at KLB are:

  • French exchange with Collège Denecourt (near Paris)
  • Japanese exchange with Hikawa High School (Yamanashi Prefecture)
  • Spanish exchanges with Colegio I.E.S. (Gran Canaria) and Colegio Altair (Madrid)
  • Language trip to China (arranged through Confucius Institute at Institute of Education)
  • Sixth-form French trip to Lycée Barthou (Pau)
Language Learning

Learning a language can present new challenges. Successful students develop a range of learning skills for vocabulary and frequently revise what they know to make it stick.

  • Teachers and students make use of Quizlet to practise and learn vocabulary. Groups have been set up for individual classes to make finding sets of words easier.
  • We subscribe to https://www.linguascope.com/ and other websites that can help reinforce what students have learnt in class.
  • Many good ideas for memorising and revising are gathered together on the school website here.
  • Why Study Languages? gives lots of great advice about languages in general.
  • Useful links for Japanese learners: https://nihongo-e-na.com/eng/
Staff members

Miss S Jones
Head of Languages, Head of French

Miss S O’Sullivan
Head of Spanish, teacher of Spanish and French

Mrs M Tate
Head of Chinese, teacher of Chinese and Japanese

Mr D Thompson
Head of Japanese, teacher of French

Mrs S Bateman
Teacher of Spanish and French

Mrs E Caldwell
Teacher of French and Spanish

Ms N De Silva
Teacher of Japanese and French

Mrs L Hale
Teacher of Spanish and French

Mr V Le Goascoz
Teacher of French and Spanish

Mrs E Payne
Teacher of Spanish and French

Mr S Popham
Head of Key Stage 5 French, Teacher of French and Spanish

Mrs G Trefalt
Teacher of Chinese and French

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