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At TWGGS we believe languages are a skill for life and we are passionate about the benefits that learning a language can bring. The learning of different languages is key to allowing pupils to open up to other cultures and gain an understanding of them; they are able to experience and appreciate the riches unique to each language, while learning a number of languages allows pupils to appreciate the common features between them. Language lessons at TWGGS are fast-paced, engaging and fun, and pupils feel confident participating in lessons.

Throughout Key Stage 3, we cover a range of topics based on pupils’ daily lives and tourist situations. Pupils are encouraged to find their preferred method of learning vocabulary and to develop their comprehension skills in listening and reading. Pupils also consolidate core competences in grammatical knowledge with a focus on translation to and from the target language, given the increased focus on this skill in the new GCSE. They also develop their speaking skills so that they can respond spontaneously in everyday situations, preparing them well for their future as well as for the requirements of the new GCSE oral examinations. During language lessons, pupils have an opportunity to learn about cultural components such as geography, history, film, customs and traditions, which bring languages to life.

Year 7

German and Spanish

In Year 7, all pupils start learning German and Spanish and have 3 hours per fortnight in each subject. The main aim of this year is to understand the principles of basic grammar and ensure pupils understand the basic rules of phonetics in both languages as well as starting to get used to learning vocabulary.

Year 8

German, Spanish and French

Pupils continue to study German and Spanish for 3 hours a fortnight respectively as well as French for 4 hours per fortnight.

Year 9

German, Spanish and French

The study of all three languages continues in Year 9, with 3 hours of lessons per fortnight in each language.

Having had the opportunity to study three of the main European languages, TWGGS pupils are able to make an informed decision about which languages they would like to continue at GCSE. The Modern Foreign Language department offers GCSE courses in French, German and Spanish. Pupils are required to study one foreign language as a core subject and may also opt to study a second one. We like to encourage all pupils achieving good results at Key Stage 3 to consider how beneficial it will be for them to carry on studying two languages at GCSE. The department has a history of very good GCSE results and TWGGS pupils enjoy the lively, dynamic and engaging language lessons.

Key Stage 3 German

Pupils at TWGGS start learning German as soon as they arrive in Year 7. We use the textbook ‘Stimmt’ throughout Years 7 and 8 and ‘Echo 2’ in Year 9. The majority of pupils in Year 7 are beginners to German; for those with previous knowledge we provide additional challenges depending on their level. There is a clear focus on acquisition of vocabulary and new words and phrases are practised though games and songs. Basic grammar is taught so that pupils are able to form their own sentences and, by the end of Year 9, they should able to express themselves accurately in the past, present and future tenses.

Year 7

Topics

Colours, numbers, days of the week and months

Myself and my family and pets

Describing people and giving opinions

Sports and hobbies

 

Grammar

Genders of nouns

Present tense verbs: regular and irregular

Modal verbs

Basic sentence structure

Word order with time phrases

 

Year 8

Topics

School subjects, the school day, opinions

Future and past holidays

Media

 

Grammar

Introduction to perfect tense

Introduction to cases with use of prepositions

Word order (verb in second idea)

 

Year 9

Topics

Television and film

School trips

Healthy living

 

 

Grammar

Consolidation of the perfect tense

Basic use of the imperfect tense

Future tense

Subordinating conjunctions

 

 

Key Stage 3 Spanish

Pupils at TWGGS start learning Spanish as soon as they arrive in Year 7. We use the textbooks “Claro 1” and “Claro 2” throughout Years 7 and 8. In the academic year 2019-2020, Year 9 pupils will continue to use “Listos 2”. The majority of pupils in Year 7 are beginners to Spanish; for those with previous knowledge we provide additional challenges depending on their level. There is a clear focus on acquisition of vocabulary and new words and phrases are practised though games and songs. Basic grammar is taught so that pupils are able to form their own sentences and, by the end of Year 9, they should be able to express themselves accurately in the past, present and future tenses.

Year 7

Topics

Colours, numbers, days of the week and months

Saying your name, age and birthday

Myself and my family and pets

Describing people and giving opinions

Sports and hobbies

My house

 

Grammar

Gender of nouns

Word order

Present tense verbs: regular and irregular including stem-changing verbs

Opinion verbs

Es vs está

Basic sentence structure

Intensifiers and time references

 

Year 8

Topics

My town

School subjects, the school day, opinions on subjects

Healthy living

Holidays

Technology, TV and film

 

Grammar

Verb structure: ‘hay’ (there is/there are)

Immediate future tense

Impersonal: se puede, se debe

Introduction to Preterite tense: regular verbs and verb IR

 

Year 9 (2019-2020)

Topics

Free time activities and household chores

Food and shopping for food

Holidays

Clothes

Cultural unit on film “El libro de la Vida”

 

Grammar

Revision of Immediate future tense

Structures: Tener que + infinitive

Soler+ infinitive

Introduction to Preterite tense- regular verbs

Preterite tense irregulars: IR, HACER, DAR

 

Key Stage 3 French

Pupils at TWGGS start learning French in Year 8. We use the textbooks “Allez 1” and “Allez 2” throughout Years 8 and 9. In the academic year 2019-2020, Year 9 pupils will continue to use “Expo 2”. The majority of pupils in Year 8 will have had some exposure to French during primary school; for those with previous knowledge we provide additional challenges depending on their level. There is a focus on acquiring basic vocabulary and key grammar, which provide a solid basis for their future studies of the language, or languages, of their choice. By the end of Year 9, pupils should be able to express themselves accurately in the past, present and future tenses.

Year 8

Topics

Colours, numbers, days of the week and months

Saying your name, age and birthday

Myself and my family and pets

Describing people and giving opinions

Food

My town

Clothes and weather

Holidays

 

Grammar

Gender of nouns

Word order and adjectival agreement

Present tense verbs – regular and irregular

Etre and Avoir

Partitive

Negative forms

Reflexive verbs

Near future tense

Je voudrais

 

Year 9

(2019-2020)

Topics

Going out and clothes

Food

Holidays

Free time

 

 

Grammar

Revision of Perfect tense

Revision of adjectival agreement

The partitive

Structure “il faut” and “avoir besoin de”

Comparatives and superlatives

 

GCSE German, Spanish and French

AQA specification for GCSE German AQA specification for GCSE Spanish AQA specificaton for GCSE French There are many excellent reasons to study a foreign language at GCSE, and you can read more about them here.

The new AQA GCSE specification for each language is based around familiar, culturally relevant and engaging topics linked to the following contexts:

Identity and culture - including family, relationships, technology, leisure activities and important cultural traditions in countries speaking the target language

Local, national, international and global areas of interest - including local area, social issues, charity work, healthy living, environment, poverty and homelessness, travel and tourism

Current and future study and employment - including one’s own studies, life and school and college, education post-16, and jobs, career choices and ambitions.

Pupils are externally assessed at the end of the course in examinations in all four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. Each skill carries 25% of the marks. Translation to and from the target language is also assessed in the new qualification, and short (suitably adapted) literary passages from authentic target language texts are included in reading comprehension.

A very good GCSE language qualification is highly regarded by many universities and employers. There are many opportunities for studying a language at university, either on its own or as a complement to virtually any other subject. Universities recognise that communication skills in a foreign language are a huge asset for a large number of careers, including journalism, politics, law, science, engineering, business and the tourism industry. There are many excellent reasons for why studying a particular is an excellent option; take a look at our introduction to some of these reasons by clicking on the link below.

Paper 1: Listening

When is it assessed?

Summer exam session

What is assessed?

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

How is it assessed?

Written exam

Foundation: 35 minutes; 40 marks

Higher: 40 minutes; 50 marks

25% of GCSE

 

Paper 2: Speaking

When is it assessed?

April/May of GCSE year

What is assessed?

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

How is it assessed?

Teacher-run. Marked externally

Foundation: 7-9 minutes; 60 marks

Higher: 10-12 minutes; 60 marks

Preparation time allowed

25% of GCSE

 

Paper 3: Reading

When is it assessed?

Summer exam session

What is assessed?

Understanding and responding to different types of written language. Short translation into English.

How is it assessed?

Written exam

Foundation: 45 minutes; 60 marks

Higher: 60 minutes; 60 marks

25% of GCSE

 

Paper 4: Writing

When is it assessed?

Summer exam session

What is assessed?

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes.

Short translation into Target Language.

How is it assessed?

Written exam

Foundation: 60 minutes; 60 marks

Higher: 1 hour 15 minutes; 60 marks

25% of GCSE

A Level German

Edexcel specification for A Level German Many 21st century jobs are international jobs and German is a very sought after business language. One of the aims of the A Level is to provide an opportunity for pupils to broaden their studies and to acquire the different skills required by many employers. Studying German in the Sixth Form helps to develop communication skills, teamwork and independence. Many of the pupils at TWGGS go on to spend part of their education and/or career in other European states. A sound knowledge of one or several languages is increasingly important for their future. Whatever choice of career pupils wish to embark upon, be it in the travel industry, media, business, working for an international organisation or in banking, the study of German in particular at A Level, will enhance their prospects.

Teaching is shared by two members of staff in each year group, who use a variety of techniques and also encourage pupils to become independent learners and develop habits of listening and reading authentic resources. We aim to provide an additional conversation lesson with a native speaker to further develop their speaking skills.

Theme 1: Social Development in Germany

  • Nature and Environment: Environmental Awareness, Recycling, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living
  • Education: Education and the Situation of Pupils, Repeating Years and Vocational Training
  • The World of Work: Working Life in Germany, Work Ethic and German Businesses and Industries

Theme 2: Political and Artistic Culture in German Speaking Countries

  • Music: Changes and Trends, Influence of Music on the Popular Culture
  • The Media: TV, Digital, Print and Online Media and the Impact on Society and Politics
  • The Role of Festivals and Traditions: Festivals, Celebrations, Customs and Traditions

Theme 3: Immigration and the German Multicultural Society

  • Integration and Multiculturalism: Foreign Workers, Immigrants, Asylum Seekers, the Advantages and Difficulties of Social Integration and Multiculturalism
  • The Economic and Social Impact of Immigration: Competition for Labour, Access to Work and Housing Options and Increasing Extremism

Theme 4: The Reunification of Germany

  • The Society in the GDR Before Reunification: Communism, Relations with the West, Labour and Housing
  • Germany Since Reunification: Collapse of Communism, Emigration from East to West Germany (relocation) - the effects on the German economy and society

Paper 1

Listening, reading and translation into English

Written Exam

40% of A Level

 

This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all four themes.

 

Paper 2

Written response to works and translation into German written exam

30% of A Level

 

Pupils will undertake the in-depth study of one film and one literary text, including a translation exercise and two essays.

 

Paper 3

Speaking – internally conducted and externally assessed

30% of A Level

 

Task 1 (discussion on a theme) Pupils discuss one theme from the specification based on a stimulus containing two different statements.

Task 2 (presentation and discussion on independent research) Pupils present a summary of the key findings of written sources used for their research, answer questions and have a wider discussion.

 

 

*Also offered as an AS Level, spaces permitting.

A Level Spanish

Edexcel specification for A Level Spanish Studying Spanish in the Sixth Form helps to develop communication skills, teamwork and independence. The specification is designed to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills specified for GCSE. Many of the pupils at TWGGS go on to spend part of their education and/or career in Spain or Latin American countries. A sound knowledge of one or several languages is increasingly important for whatever choice of career pupils wish to embark upon. Be it in the travel industry, media, business, working for an international organisation or in banking, the study of languages, at A Level, will enhance their prospects.

Teaching is usually shared by two members of staff in each year group, who use a variety of techniques and also encourage pupils to become independent learners and develop habits of listening and reading authentic resources. We aim to provide an additional conversation lesson with a native speaker to further develop their speaking skills.

Theme 1: The evolution of Spanish society

  • Changes in the Family Structure: Changing Attitudes Towards Marriage, Relationships and Family
  • The Working World: Working Life, Work Attitudes, Work Opportunities for Young People and Gender Equality
  • The Impact of Tourism in Spain: Economic impact, opportunities and social and environmental impact

Theme 2: Political and artistic culture in the Spanish-speaking world

  • Music: Changes and Tendencies- the impact of music in contemporary culture
  • Media: Television and Soap Operas. Written Media and the Internet - its impact on society and politics
  • Festivals and Traditions: Festivals, Customs and Traditions in Spain and Latin America

Theme 3: Immigration and Spain’s multicultural society

  • Historical and Contemporary Immigration: The Origins of Immigration, Muslims in Al-Andalus - the influence of North African and Latin American immigrants in Spanish society
  • Integration and Multiculturalism: The benefit and threats of multiculturalism and attitudes towards immigrants

Theme 4: Franco’s dictatorship and the transition to democracy

  • Franco’s Dictatorship: The Spanish Civil War, Franco’s Up-Rise, Daily Life Under Franco Political Oppression, Censorship and Divisions in Society
  • The Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy: The role of King Juan Carlos in the Spanish transition into democracy, Suárez’s Government and the impact of Franco’s dictatorship on contemporary society

Paper 1

Listening, reading and translation into English

Written Exam

40% of A Level

 

This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all four themes.

 

Paper 2

Written response to works and translation into Spanish written exam

30% of A Level

 

Pupils will undertake the in-depth study of one film and one literary text, including a translation exercise and two essays.

 

Paper 3

Speaking – internally conducted and externally assessed

30% of A Level

 

Task 1 (discussion on a theme) Pupils discuss one theme from the specification based on a stimulus containing two different statements.

Task 2 (presentation and discussion on independent research) Pupils present a summary of the key findings of written sources used for their research, answer questions and have a wider discussion.

 

 

*Also offered as an AS Level, spaces permitting.

A Level French

Edexcel specification for A Level French Studying French in the Sixth Form helps to develop a high level of communication and comprehension skills, together with an awareness of various aspects of society in the countries where the language is spoken. It also promotes teamwork and independence and provides a suitable foundation for the study of the subject in higher education or provides direct entry into employment. Whatever choice of career pupils wish to embark upon, the study of French at A Level will enhance their prospects.

Teaching is usually shared by two members of staff in each year group, who use a variety of techniques and also encourage pupils to become independent learners and develop habits of listening and reading authentic resources. We aim to provide an additional conversation lesson with a native speaker to further develop their speaking skills.

Theme 1: The Evolution of French Society

  • Changes in the family structure: Changing Attitudes Towards Marriage, Relationships and Family
  • Education: the Education System and Pupil Related Issues
  • The working world: Working Life, Work Opportunities for Young People and Gender Equality

Theme 2: Political and Artistic Culture in the French-Speaking World

  • Music: Changes and Tendencies - the impact of music in contemporary culture
  • Media: Freedom of Speech, Written Media and the Internet - its impact on society and politics
  • Festivals and traditions: Festivals, Customs and Traditions - in French speaking countries

Theme 3: Immigration and France’s Multicultural Society

  • Integration and multiculturalism: The Origins of Immigration (from the 20th century), the Evolution of Political Strategies, the Benefits and Challenges of Integration and Multiculturalism
  • The rise of the French far right: the National Front - its objectives, its leaders and public opinion

Theme 4: L’Occupation et la Résistance

  • L’Occupation: Life under the Vichy Regime and Pétain’s Authority, Occupied France, Collaboration and Anti-semitism
  • La Résistance: the French Resistance, the Importance of Jean Moulin and Charles de Gaulle

Paper 1

Listening, reading and translation into English

Written Exam

40% of A Level

 

This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all four themes.

 

Paper 2

Written response to works and translation into French written exam

30% of A Level

 

Pupils will undertake the in-depth study of one film and one literary text, including a translation exercise and two essays.

 

Paper 3

Speaking – internally conducted and externally assessed

30% of A Level

 

Task 1 (discussion on a theme) Pupils discuss one theme from the specification based on a stimulus containing two different statements.

Task 2 (presentation and discussion on independent research) Pupils present a summary of the key findings of written sources used for their research, answer questions and have a wider discussion.

 

 

*Also offered as an AS Level, spaces permitting.

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