modern foreign languages
‘La connaissance des langues est la porte de la sagesse’
(Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom)
Students at Weston Road Academy have the life-changing opportunity to study French for 2 ½ hours each week. Linguistic ability in professions such as journalists, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs and engineers enables you to stand out and succeed in an increasingly demanding and competitive workplace. Our team of experienced language teachers share their passion for languages and encourage the discovery of new cultures. Students learn through a variety of resources and authentic materials and lessons are active and rewarding. We subscribe to Languagenut, A tantôt and Linguascope to offer students the opportunity to use IT to enhance learning outside the classroom.
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3, we study a variety of topics including food, school, holidays and hobbies. Lessons focus on both vocabulary and grammar and feature a variety of tasks and games.
Students are assessed four times a year in each of the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
As language learning is more effective little and often, we set a 15 minute homework each week. This may be written, IT based or learning.
Each September, we celebrate European Day of Languages and Year 7 students will take part in competitions. Many teachers from other departments get involved and will speak to the students in different European Languages.
In order to support Year 7 with the transition to High School, we offer a French homework club every Monday lunchtime, where students can receive any help they want or need.
We deliver careers’ based lessons every year, to give our students a good understanding of the importance of learning a foreign language for job opportunities.
During Year 9, guest speakers will address the students on more specific careers information, relevant to a language GCSE.
Key Stage 4
Students follow the AQA French GCSE course: Spec code: 8658
GCSE French 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.
The exam is split between 4 papers:
- Listening 25%
- Reading 25%
- Speaking 25%
- Writing 25%
Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based.
As language learning is more effective little and often, we set a 30 minute homework each week.
- Paris trip offered to Year 9 students in June(4 days in Paris, including cultural opportunities, a day in Euro Disney and opportunities to practise speaking French.)
- French Exchange programme offered to all our Y10 students. We are part of the Staffordshire programme and our students visit the Limousin region of France in April, whilst their French partners come to Stafford in July.
https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk (students receive a user name and password)
Miss W Veasey Subject Leader in MFL firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr P Harman Teacher of MFL email@example.com
Mrs C Lane Teacher of MFL firstname.lastname@example.org