Through studying languages at St Augustine’s, we aim to develop confident and passionate linguists. Alongside the development of the four key skills areas; listening, speaking, reading and writing, pupils have the opportunity to expand their intercultural understanding and appreciate the customs and traditions of countries where these languages are spoken. Our GCSE course builds on our Key Stage 3 work and is accessible to all our students.
We believe that learning languages is of great importance culturally, academically and economically; it is proven that studying another language improves your employability and future salary. Through learning another language at St Augustine’s, pupils have the opportunity to develop literacy and communication skills as well as a wider range of cross-curricular links. As a department, we are proud to offer a real range of linguistic events to all year groups and tailored support to our exam classes.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 French
Topic 1: Tour sur moi All about me
Topic 2: Mon monde perso My personal world
Topic 3: Autour de moi Around me
Year 8 French
Topic 1: A table At the table
Topic 2: Mon quartier My neighbourhood
Topic 3: Ça c’est mon truc That’s my thing
Year 8 Spanish
Topic 1: Mi casa My home
Topic 2: Mi ciudad My city
Topic 3: Mi instituo My school
Topic 4: El cine Cinema
Year 9 French
Topic 1: Le monde des médias The world of media
Topic 2: Autour du monde Around the world
Topic 3: Un métier de rêve A dream job
Year 9 Spanish
Topic 1: Mi ciudad My city
Topic 2: Mi insituto My school
Topic 3: Dieta y salud Diet and health
Topic 4: Las vacaciones Holidays
GCSE French & Spanish
Did you know, learning a language helps your memory, creativity, listening skills and self-confidence?
What is the qualification?
AQA GCSE in French or Spanish
What will I learn in Modern Foreign Languages?
You will learn to develop your language skills to their full potential, equipping you with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence. You will also expand your cultural knowledge.
What is the course overview in Modern Foreign Languages?
My personal identity; technology in everyday life; free time activities.
My home, town, neighbourhood and region; social and global issues; travel and tourism.
My studies; life at school/college; education post-16; jobs, career choices and ambitions.
How will I be assessed in Modern Foreign Languages?
Listening, Reading and Writing will be assessed in final exams at the end of Year 11. You will be entered for all skill areas at either Foundation or Higher level. You will be required to answer some questions for the listening and reading examinations in the target language. You will need to translate in and out of the target language as part of the writing examination. The speaking test will take place in term 5 of Year 11 with your class teacher. You will take part in a role-play, describe a photo and respond to a range of questions. Each skill area accounts for 25% of the final GCSE grade.
What skills will I develop in Modern Foreign Languages?
You will extend your ability to communicate effectively in speaking and writing in a Modern Foreign Language and you will learn to recognise and respond to key information. You will develop memorisation techniques and your ability to cooperate with others and work as a team.
Why should I study Modern Foreign Languages?
Knowing another language gives you a skill for life that will prepare you to take your part in a global community either through further study or the world of work. Qualifications in a Modern Foreign Language are increasingly valued and favoured by employers and universities.
Which career pathways will Modern Foreign Languages lead to?
Not only specialist language occupations such as interpreting, translating or teaching but also practically any career at home or abroad can follow from the study of a Modern Foreign Language e.g. market research, journalist, information and communication technology.