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Modern foreign languages

Modern foreign languages

Learning a language broadens horizons, instils confidence and deepens the understanding of the world in which we currently live. The benefits of being able to communicate in a second language are profound, opening minds to different cultures, developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as increasing employability.

The Modern Foreign Languages department at Hermitage Academy utilises these core beliefs to develop curious and confident language learners of the future who will have the skills and capacity to master whichever language they may choose.

During their first years of study of French and Spanish, we anticipate that students will have the opportunity to visit France and/or Spain with the Academy. These highly popular cultural visits aim to ‘put into practice’ the skills learnt within the classroom and students are encouraged to speak in the target language throughout the visit. This is a real opportunity to bring the subject to life for our learners. For those unable to travel, we bring the world to our classroom by celebrating festivals, food tasting, exposure to the latest songs, cultural anthems, clips from French and Spanish news and interviews and authentic texts from French and Spanish literature, newspapers and magazines. All students have the opportunity to develop conversational language skills and the necessary key language to successfully complete daily tasks in French or Spanish-speaking countries such as booking a table in a restaurant, hotel reservations, asking for directions etc.

Curriculum information

At Hermitage Academy, students are afforded the opportunity to study both French and Spanish and they study a curriculum that is rich in both language and culture. Through the study of languages, students can see the world from a different viewpoint and embrace the cultures and customs of French and Spanish-speaking nations. In addition, students can gain a greater understanding into their own language by comparing patterns across different languages.

In addition to our aim of creating independent, motivated language learners, MFL also contributes to the development of cultural capital in a variety of ways every lesson. Language and culture are explored every lesson, covering a variety of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

French

Year

Autumn

Spring

Summer

7

Tout sur moi

 

Mon monde perso

À table

Mon quartier

Ça c’est mon truc

8

Destination vacances

Bouger, c’est important !

Le monde des médias

9

Mon entourage

La Vie Chez Moi

Bienvenue à Chester-le-Street

C’est le weekend!

Bon appétit!

On bouge!

Bienvenue à Hermitage Academy

On fait la fête!

10

Les vacances et le tourisme

L’education

Après mes examens

Je suis accro

Mes projets d’avenir

11

L’environnement

La pauvreté

Les organisations caritatives

GCSE Exams

12

La famille

La cyber-société

Le rôle du bénévolat

Le patrimoine

Le septième art

Literary text study

La musique francophone

Film study

Independent Research Project

13

Les aspects positives d’une société diverse

Les marginalisés

Comment traite les criminels ?

Literary text study

Independent Research Project

Le droit de vote et l’engagement politique.

La politique et l’immigration.

Manifestations et grèves.

Film study

Independent Research Project

A-level exams

 

Spanish

Year

Autumn

Spring

Summer

7

Mi vida

Mi tiempo libre

Mi tiempo libre

Mi insti

Mi insti

8

Mi familia y mis amigos

Mi ciudad

Mis vacaciones

Todo sobre mi vida

A comer

¿Qué hacemos?

Operación verano

9

Desconéctate

Las vacaciones

Mi vida en el insti

El colegio

Mi gente

La tecnología

10

La educación

Las vacaciones y el turismo

¿Trabajar o estudiar?

Una vida sana

Las relaciones

La tecnología

El medio ambiente

11

Mi región y mi barrio

El trabajo voluntario

Los problemas sociales

GCSE exams

12

Los valores tradicionales y modernos

El ciberespacio

La igualdad de derechos

La influencia de los ídolos

La identidad regional en España

Film study

El patrimonio cultural

Literary text study

Independent Research Project

13

La inmigración

El racismo

La convivencia

Film study

Independent Research Project

Jóvenes de hoy, ciudadanos del mañana

Monarquías y dictaduras

Movimientos populares

Literary text study

Independent Research Project

A-level exams

 

I enjoy the challenge of learning a new language and I love to learn about different cultures and I know that it will be useful for my future.
Year 11 student
I love learning French and Spanish because it is challenging, but it is like learning a secret code that helps you learn and discover more!
Year 7 student