MODERN LANGUAGES

It begins with a few words and phrases and that small investment can grow into a lifetime of interest, employment and opportunity.”

John Worne (British Council)

The Modern Languages Department at Formby High School aims to engage students in a positive view of themselves as language learners and to encourage them to value discovering more about heritage and cultures with an understanding that languages are more than the sum of their parts. We aim to provide support for students to be able to experience success and to use their achievements when visiting or working in other countries with enhanced employability. We are very proud of our students’ languages success at both GCSE and A level and of the top grades achieved in language degrees by our ex-students. In addition to academic support, our students are guided in culture and world affairs right from the very start of their language learning path.

Modern Languages Curriculum Map – Key Stages 3 to 5

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Modern Languages Curriculum Related Expectations

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Year 7: Soy yo

Students develop a positive view of themselves as language learners, broaden their horizons, converse with others, explore cultures, and focus on the building blocks of language: phonics, vocabulary and grammar. ‘French fortnight’ introduces students to links between words and languages.

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Year 8: Patrimonio

Students appreciate and celebrate identity, heritage, and difference using words in different contexts and building a strong verb lexicon in three time frames. ‘French month’ provides students with the foundation for learning further languages.

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Year 9: El mundo hispanohablante

Students appreciate and celebrate identity, heritage, and difference using words in different contexts and building a strong verb lexicon in three time frames. ‘French month’ provides students with the foundation for learning further languages..

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Years 10 and 11: Global and Social

Students develop cultural awareness and self-efficacy leading to greater autonomy and proficiency, drawing inferences and noticing socio-linguistic nuances with the most proficient students working as expert learners through the production of more complex and longer language in less scaffolded environments.

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Years 12 and 13: Mastery

Students are equipped with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life, enabling them to study and work in other countries, and communicate effectively with a depth of knowledge and fluency, and mastery of more grammatical concepts through ‘composite’ language use.

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The Modern Languages Department:

At Formby High School you are taught by specialist multi-lingual teachers as well as having access to online learning platforms and e-textbooks. We enjoy strong links with many local universities and the Instituto Cervantes in Manchester and as a result of these links students across the school have had opportunities to attend taster sessions in languages such as Korean, Italian, Portuguese and Mandarin and A Level students have benefitted from taster lectures and extra language sessions with native speakers.

Polyglots

Students who have an additional language background have the opportunity, where suitable, to gain accreditation in their additional language at GCSE or A Level as part of our ‘Polyglots’ programme. Over 50 students have done so already in languages such as Turkish, Polish, Italian, German and Russian. Some students have followed the spirit of the Polyglots and taught themselves a new language such as Japanese from scratch in their own time – and even gone on to degree level!

Employability

The benefits of speaking a second (or even third) language are enormous. Scientists have proved that learning a new language is a great work-out for the brain because it involves problem-solving, memory skills and communication. A proficiency in Modern Languages can lead to careers in a wide variety of sectors such as politics, tourism, journalism, international business, or international humanitarian aid and can open doors to working abroad in whichever industry a student may choose. Our key question is always ‘Where will your languages take you?’

 

Transition – Year 7 Sneak Preview Autumn 2022 

Key Information

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Modern Languages Department

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Ms T Lonsdale

Curriculum Leader for Modern Languages

Ms L Craddock

Teacher of Modern Languages

Mrs S Gibbons

Teacher of Modern Languages

Ms C Gilmour

Teacher of Modern Languages

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Contact Us

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  • e:  enquiries@formbyhighschool.com
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