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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.

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 beginning with French in Year 7 and picking up Spanish in Year 8 as an additional language. They study a curriculum that is rich in both language and culture which contributes to the development of their cultural capital. 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.  

At Key Stages 3 and 4, they will acquire 4 key skills in listening, reading, writing, and speaking and will study a range of grammar points including the past, present and future tenses. At Key Stage 5 students build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. The curriculum focuses on French/Spanish speaking society and how it has been formed both socially and culturally. Students also have the opportunity to link this knowledge to the study of a film and a literary text. 

 

Our French curriculum

Year

Autumn

Spring

Summer

7

Le monde et moi

Description of self 

Mon monde perso

Family and pets

Autour de moi

School subjects, uniform and facilities

Mon quartier

Town and local area

A table

Food and drink

Core Language

Numbers, weather and seasons

8

Bouger, c’est important !

Sports and leisure activities

En pleine forme !

Healthy and unhealthy eating

Destination vacances

Countries and holiday destinations

Le monde des médias

Music, TV, film and books

9

Être ado c’est quoi ?

Relationships, pocket money and chores

Autour du monde

Planning a holiday

 

Un métier, un rêve

Jobs, careers and future ambitions

C’est quoi la France ?

Differences between France and the U.K

Chez moi, ça veut dire quoi ?

House and bedrooms

Rendez-vous

Traditions and festivals

10

Les vacances et le tourisme

Travel and tourism

L’éducation

My studies and life at school

Après mes examens

Education post-16

Jobs, career choices and ambitions

La famille et les amis

Me, my family and friends

La vie saine

Healthy lifestyle

Je suis accro

Technology in everyday life

Mes projets d’avenir

Marriage and relationships

11

L’environnement

Global issues and the environment

 

La pauvreté

Global issues and poverty

Les organisations caritatives

Charitable organisations

GCSE Exams

12

La famille en voie de changement

The changing nature of families

La cyber-société

Technology and its impact on society

Le rôle du bénévolat

The role of volunteering

Le patrimoine

Regional and national heritage

Le septième art

French cinema

Literary text study

La musique francophone

Francophone music

Film study

Independent Research Project

13

Les aspects positives d’une société diverse

Positive aspects of a diverse society

Les marginalisés

Socially marginalised groups

Comment traite les criminels ?

The treatment of criminals

Literary text study

Independent Research Project

Les ados,le droit de vote et l’engagement politique

Young people, the right to vote and political engagement

La politique et l’immigration

Politics and immigration

Manifestations et grèves

The role of unions, strikes and protests

Film study

Independent Research Project

A-level exams

 

Our Spanish curriculum 

Year

Autumn

Spring

Summer

8

Mi familia y mis amigos

Family and Friends

Mi ciudad 

Town and local area

Mis vacaciones

Countries and holiday destinations

Todo sobre mi vida

Technology, music and TV

A comer

Food and drink and eating out

¿Qué hacemos?

Outings, clothes and sporting events

9

Ser adolescente

Relationships, pocket money and chores

Vivir mejor

Healthy and unhealthy eating

El trabajo de mis sueños 

Jobs, careers and future ambitions

La vida en España 

Differences between Spain and the U.K

Mi casa es tu casa

House and bedrooms

Nos vamos de fiesta

Traditions and festivals

10

La educación

My studies and life at school

Las vacaciones y el turismo

Travel and tourism

 

Trabajar o estudiar?

Education post-16

Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Una vida sana

Heathy and unhealthy living

La tecnología

Technology in everyday life

Planes para el futuro

Marriage and relationships

11

El medio ambiente

Global issues and the environment

 

 

Los problemas sociales

Global issues and poverty

Ser voluntario

Charitable organisations

GCSE exams

12

Los valores tradicionales y modernos

The changing nature of families

El ciberespacio

Technology and its impact on society

La igualdad de derechos

Equal rights between sexes

La influencia de los ídolos

Modern day idols

La identidad regional en        España

Regional identity in Spain

Film study

El patrimonio cultural

Cultural heritage

Literary text study

Independent Research Project

 

 

13

La inmigración

Immigration

El racismo

Racism

La convivencia

Integration of different cultures and religions

Film study

Independent Research Project

Jóvenes de hoy, ciudadanos del mañana

Young people and politics

Monarquías y dictaduras

Monarchs and dictators

Movimientos populares

The role of unions, strikes and protests

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