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The Waingels Languages department is passionate about the idea of everyone being a global citizen; respecting and celebrating different languages, cultures and diversity.
We aim to enthuse our students, providing them with the confidence and skills to communicate in another language successfully. We use the target language actively in our lessons, fostering passion in our students, while also equipping them with the skills they need to be successful in their future lives. These skills include listening to, and reading, authentic materials from a variety of sources, writing in different registers and ultimately being able to speak their foreign language within a range of different contexts. In this way students gain linguistic confidence, whilst enhancing their cultural perspective.
Years 7 & 8
At the beginning of year 7, students will begin their study of French, German or Spanish. Students learn how to give personal information and to ask questions. In addition, students explore the different skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking and develop their own tool-kit of strategies to help with their own language learning. Our year 7 and 8 students are also encouraged to make the most of our cultural links with France, Spain and Germany and pen-pal letter writing projects are very popular.
Students will receive a weekly homework which will enable them to practise and consolidate their reading and writing skills.
Across year 7 and 8, students are assessed half-termly. The assessments cover the 4 main skills and are all linked to the future assessment they will face in the GCSEs examinations.
Year 9 – Transition Year
In Year 9, our scheme of work allows students to deepen their grammatical knowledge and develop their skills of translation in preparation for their GCSE studies. The topics we study are more closely linked to the GCSE course and students are encouraged to write in length, demonstrating a wider range of complexity. Topics covered include media & fashion, food & healthy living, along with our local area & home.
As in year 7 and 8, students continue to be assessed half-termly. Our assessments cover the 4 main skills and begin to mirror the types of assessment students will need to undertake during their GCSE studies.
Students begin their GCSE Language course in the summer term of year 9.
Years 10 & 11
The study of a Language at GCSE level is strongly advised for the majority of students and, if they have demonstrated an aptitude for Languages, there are opportunities for students to pick up a second language as one of their GCSE options. The GCSE examinations, which take place at the end of Year 11, are comprised of 4 elements; listening, speaking, reading and writing. The speaking exam takes place in early May and this is conducted by the student’s teacher.
We run scheduled revision sessions in year 11, as well as speaking clinics aimed at students of various abilities and needs.
French and Spanish are both popular options at A level. Studying a Language at A level is superb preparation for many careers and degrees such as Teaching, Interpretation & Translation, Law, International Business, Journalism, Advertising, Engineering and many, many more. Virtually all students of the same age in the EU study at least one European language as well as their own and, given the changing economic and political climate, it is more important than ever to be able to compete on equal terms with counterparts in other countries.
Moreover, learning languages teaches you adaptability and communication skills as well as developing the ability to ‘think outside the box.’ A language A Level is a highly sought after qualification in many businesses.
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The Languages department offers a very wide range of extra-curricular opportunities to broaden our students’ experiences and to enable our students to visit the country of their Language.
In KS3 we currently take our students to the Rhineland in Germany, Barcelona and Northern France. In KS4 we visit Paris, Seville and Aachen. In addition, for KS5, we currently organise theatre visits and work experience.
We also enjoy celebrating the European Day of Language in September and encourage students and staff to join in the festivities.
Subject Leader: Mrs L Verhoog - Teacher of French, German & Spanish
Mr R Jewitt – 2nd in Department - Teacher of French, German & Spanish
Miss A Cinque - Teacher of French & Spanish
Mrs E Díaz - Teacher of French & Spanish
Mrs M Heath - Teacher of French & German
Mrs A Jenner - Teacher of French & German
Miss C Riley - Teacher of French & Spanish