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Modern Languages

[Images above from our Paris Trip – June 2015]

Head of Department

  • Miss N Porter

B.A. (Hons.), P.G.C.E., M.A.

Subject Teachers

  • Mrs K L Stevens

B.A. (Hons.), P.G.C.E.

  • Mrs T Rosato

B.A. (Hons.), P.G.C.E., P.G.C.

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Introduction and ethos

Modern Languages are part of the minimum requirement for every pupil at Key Stage 3. The Northern Ireland Curriculum aims to empower pupils to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible choices and decisions throughout their lives. It is about helping all pupils prepare for life and work:

  • as individuals
  • as contributors to society;
  • as contributors to the economy and the environment.

The Modern Languages Department at Ashfield Boys’ High School aims to develop the talents, abilities or potential our young people have and to guide them in the important years they spend with us.

The department places a high value on the idea of co-operation because we know how much can be achieved in partnership and with trust. We do our best work when we work together.

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 8 | Topics of Study

  • Saying your name/ greeting someone
  • Saying hello/ goodbye
  • Numbers 1-10
  • Naming school items
  • Saying what you have/ haven’t got
  • Spanish alphabet
  • Saying how old you are – numbers to 15
  • Saying when your birthday is – numbers 1-15
  • Saying / asking where you live / countries /nationalities
  • Talking about brothers and sisters
  • Talking about pets
  • Talking about what you look like
  • Height and self- description / personality
  • Talking about school subjects / opinions
  • Asking / Telling the time
  • Talking about the timetable / teachers you have
  • Talking about your school day
  • Describing what you wear
  • Describing your uniform / colours
  • Talking about sport
  • Saying what you like / don’t like
  • Saying what you do in your free time
  • Saying what you don’t do
  • Other free time activities
  • Saying what you like / don’t like doing
  • Saying what you do at the weekend

Year 9 | Topics of Study

  • Telling someone where you live
  • Asking someone where they live
  • Saying what you live near and what other people live near
  • Talking about someone else’s home
  • Saying what kind of house you live in
  • Saying where contents are
  • Describing the rooms
  • Saying what you usually do, deciding what you are going to do this evening
  • Asking someone if they have something
  • Saying where things are
  • Talking about where you are going to
  • Giving directions and understanding directions
  • Describing the location of places in a town
  • Giving more detailed directions
  • Talking about what your town is like
  • Talking about the weather

Year 10 | Topics of Study

  • Talking about sports
  • Talking about what you like doing in your free time
  • Talking about what you do during the week
  • Talking about what you do at the weekends
  • Arranging to go out
  • Saying what you are going to do at the weekend
  • Saying how you help at home
  • Saying how you are going to help at the weekend
  • Self, family and friends
  • Home life and daily routine
  • Hobbies and interests
  • School
  • Holiday/café
  • Cardinal numbers
  • Days and months
  • Time
  • Alphabet
  • Conjunctions

The department adheres to our school’s homework schedule and assessment policy.

Key Stage 4 Overview

CCEA GCSE Spanish

Course Outline:-

This specification aims to encourage students to:

  • derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning, and be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study;
  • recognise that their linguistic knowledge, understanding and skills help them to take their place in a multilingual global society, and also provide them with a suitable basis for further study and practical use of French;
  • make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices;
  • develop knowledge of the language and language learning skills;
  • develop an understanding of Spanish in a variety of contexts;
  • develop the ability to communicate effectively in Spanish; and
  • develop awareness and understanding of Spanish-speaking countries and communities.

Unit overview:-

Context 1: The Individual

  • relationships(families and friends);
  • the local environment;
  • daily routine and leisure activities; and
  • health and lifestyle.

Context 2: Citizenship

  • environmental and social issues;
  • travel and tourism;
  • media and communication; and
  • festivals and customs.

Context 3: Employability

    • school life;
    • part time jobs; and
    • future plans.


Assessment information:-

Content                   Assessment                    

Unit 1:                     Controlled assessment

Speaking                Students prepare and complete two tasks under supervision.

Weighting                30%

Availability               Every Summer

 

Unit 2:                     Controlled assessment

Writing                    Students prepare and complete two tasks under supervision.

Weighting                30%

Availability               Every Summer

 

Unit 3:                     One externally assessed written paper

Listening                Two tiers of entry:

  • Foundation (35 minutes); and
  • Higher (45 minutes)

Weighting                20%

Availability               Every Summer   Terminal

Unit 4:                     One externally assessed written paper

Reading                  Two tiers of entry:

  • Foundation (40 minutes); and
  • Higher (50 minutes)

Weighting                20%

Availability               Every Summer    Terminal

 

Why study Spanish?

Through studying at this specification, students:

  • develop an understanding of written and spoken Spanish in a variety of contexts;
  • develop the ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken Spanish using a variety of vocabulary, syntax and structures;
  • develop an awareness and understanding of  Spanish-speaking countries and communities;
  • recognise that their linguistic knowledge, understanding and skills help them to take their place in a multilingual global society; and
  • derive enjoyment from language learning.

The department adheres to our school’s homework schedule and assessment policy.

Progression to A Level

The course provides a sound base for further study of Spanish at a more advanced level.  It also helps students make informed decisions about learning opportunities and career choices.

Career Pathways

  • Computer programmer
  • Credit controller
  • Customer support advisor
  • Executive search consultant
  • Cultural briefing consultant
  • Interpreter
  • Teacher
  • Language trainer
  • Translator
  • Engineering
  • Banking
  • Civil service
  • Travel and tourism
  • Secretary/ PA
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Pharmaceutical work
  • Journalism and media
  • Transport and distribution
  • Website localiser

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