Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages Overview

Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. Students learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. By making comparisons, they gain insight into their own culture and society. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world.

 

Our aim is to achieve the highest possible standards for ALL students to succeed, through the provision of a successful and enjoyable learning experience, within which students are provided with interesting and challenging learning activities to assist in the development of their Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing skills.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7 - 9

All students study Spanish and develop skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking this language through topics such as:

 

  • Describing yourself and your family.
  • Talking about school, leisure activities and your town.
  • Outlining holiday plans and preferences

Key Stage 4 Spanish - Years 10 & 11

Examination Board: AQA

Themes and topics

Questions across all four language skills are set in common contexts, addressing a range of relevant contemporary and cultural themes. They are organised into 3 themes:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment.

Assessments

The GCSE qualification requires students to complete assessments in each of the four skill areas:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

Exams

Foundation Tier: Grades 1-5
Higher Tier: Grades 4-9

N.B. Students must take all four question papers at the same tier.

Curriculum Map

Papers

Paper 1: Listening (written exam) – Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

Foundation tier: 35 minutes including 5 minutes reading time
Higher tier: 45 minutes including 5 minutes reading time

Questions: Foundation Tier and Higher Tier
Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
Section B – questions in Spanish, to be answered in Spanish or non-verbally

25% of the total GCSE qualification

Paper 2: Speaking – Communication and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes. 
Spoken assessment internally conducted and externally assessed by an AQA examiner.

Foundation tier: 7-9 minutes plus preparation time
Higher tier: 10-12 minutes plus preparation time

Questions: Foundation Tier and Higher Tier
Role-play (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at Higher Tier)
Photo card (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)
General conversation (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier)

25% of the total GCSE qualification

Paper 3: Reading (written exam) – Understanding and responding to different types of written language.

Foundation tier: 45 minutes
Higher tier: 60 minutesQuestions: Foundation Tier and Higher Tier
Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
Section B – questions in Spanish, to be answered in Spanish or non-verbally
Section C – translation from Spanish into English, (a minimum of 35 words for Foundation Tier and 50 words for Higher Tier)

25% of the total GCSE qualification

Paper 4: Writing (written exam) – Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes.

Foundation tier: 60 minutes including
Higher tier: 1 hour 15 minutes

Questions: Foundation Tier 
Question 1 – message, (students produce four sentences in response to a photo)
Question 2 – short passage, (students write a piece of continuous text in response to four brief bullet points, approximately 40 words in total), questions in Spanish, to be answered in Spanish or non-verbally
Question 3 – translation from English into Spanish, (minimum 35 words)
Question 4 – structured writing task, (students respond to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions

Questions: Higher Tier
Question 1 – structured writing task, (students respond to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions
Question 2 – open-ended writing task (students respond to two compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 150 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions
Question 3 – translation from English into Spanish (minimum 50 words)

25% of the total GCSE qualification

This qualification is linear which means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

As students have studied Spanish at Key Stage 3, they already know some of the vocabulary and grammar needed at GCSE. They are half way there!

If students enjoy communicating with other people, finding out how language works and learning about different countries and cultures, studying GCSE Spanish is an excellent choice for them. Achievement in Modern Languages is highly regarded in Further and Higher Education and in all areas of work. Many employers look for people who can speak a foreign language. Add an international dimension to your choice of GCSE subjects. After GCSE you can continue to study A level if you wish.

Native Speakers

Increasingly, we have more and more students who have specific language learning needs. This can either be that they are native speakers of Spanish or that they speak a language over and above those offered at Perryfields such as Arabic, Chinese, Turkish etc.

Wherever possible we support these students to achieve an extra GCSE in that specific language.

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