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French

“To have a second language is to possess a second soul” - Charlemagne

At Prince William School we are very privileged in currently being able to offer French and Spanish from Key Stage 3 through to Key Stage 5 and from September 2016, German in Key Stage 3, focusing on the four key skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. Our students have positive experiences in their lessons and we strive to develop a love of foreign languages and culture through exposure to authentic materials and the teaching of the language through a variety of topics relevant to young people in the world today.

Our mission, as teachers of modern foreign languages, is to arm our students with the confidence and skills to use their linguistic skills and knowledge outside of the classroom, both at home and abroad. Prince William School is fortunate to have highly qualified and experienced staff, coming from a wide variety of backgrounds, from all corners of the globe; passionate about the languages they teach and the countries in which the languages are spoken, the staff keep up-to-date with what is going on linguistically, culturally and politically and are therefore able to keep the languages real and relevant for their students in the classroom.

We aim, through our teaching, to develop both linguistic skills in the target language as well as highly sought after employability skills and to equip our students with the wherewithal to step confidently into the outside world in order to allow them to seize every opportunity which is offered to them.

KS3

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Year 7 My life Personality, Family and School Home & Animals
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Year 7 Food and drink Town Cultural Project

 

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Year 8 Holidays Sporting activities Where you live & daily routine
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Year 8 England & France TV Programs & Music Cultural Project

 

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Year 9 Technology Relationships Travel & Holidays
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Year 9 My home, my bedroom & my ideal house Jobs & Ambitions Healthy living

 

KS4

 

In KS4, students build on the skills acquired in KS3 and refine them to obtain a more detailed understanding of the language.  Students will continue to work on their pronunciation as before, however the sentence structure will increase both in length and complexity.  Students will train to become more proficient in language interactions and translation.

Later on in the course, they will focus on the examination preparation but we will endeavour to provide them with the basis for long term learning that could stretch further than their examination.

Homework is set weekly with these aims in mind.

Feedback covers both literacy aspects which are relevant to both English and Modern Foreign Languages, as well as formative challenges relevant to the language learnt.

Examination structure

We follow the AQA course over two years.  GCSE Spanish has a Foundation Tier (Grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (Grades 4–9).  Students must take all four question papers at the same tier.  All question papers must be taken in the same series.   The qualification is linear: i.e. there is no coursework or controlled assessment; 100% of the grade is obtained through a final examination consisting of four papers, each of them being worth 25% of the final grade:

Paper 1 – Listening:  the aim is understanding and responding to different types of spoken language.  The examination can be taken in two tiers: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier).  Each examination includes 5 minutes’ reading time of the question paper before the listening stimulus is played.

Paper 2 – Speaking: the aim is communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes.  7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) or 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time.  The format is the same at Foundation Tier and Higher Tier: a brief role-play, followed by a discussion of a picture, finishing with a free-flowing conversation on two topics.  The style of the questions is the same but stimulus questions for the role-play and the materials for the photo-card are different at the Foundation and Higher Tiers.  The timing of the general conversation is 3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier, and 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier.

Paper 3 – Reading: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier).  The aim is understanding and responding to different types of written language, including a translation from Spanish into English.

Paper 4 – Writing: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), or 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier).  The aim is communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes, including a translation from English into Spanish.

Career Opportunities

Languages are hugely rewarding in the classroom, enabling progression to further study or employment. 

There are not very many fields where having a language is not a game changer, and for many being able to speak a foreign language is the absolute key.  From working on International Relations for the Foreign Office, for the EU, as a translator, as an interpreter, to be an avid reader of foreign literature, there is something that a language can do for you.

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Year 10

Qui suis-je

 - Talking about yourself

Le temps de loisirs – freetime Jours ordinaires, jours de ftes – daily life and celebrations
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Year 10 De la ville la champagne – region and town

Le grand large …

Holidays

Consolidation & catch up

 

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Year 11 Au college – school life Bon travail - the world of work Un oeil sur le monde – world affairs
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Year 11 Revision, consolidation & catch up Exams & exam prep  

 

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