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Head of Modern Foreign Languages: Mr Hobbs
Teachers: Mr Lennon, Mrs Diaz and Ms Banks
Language assistants: Mrs Cartwright and Mrs Rutherford
Three languages are currently taught at Burnham Grammar School – French, German and Spanish. The department is staffed by five teachers, with the majority of lessons taking place in a dedicated suite of rooms in D Block, each with an interactive whiteboard. Students are fortunate enough to be provided with their own copy of the course textbooks and have access to dictionaries, mini whiteboards and supplementary reading materials in class. In French we follow the Studio course in years seven to nine and using Expo in years 10 to 11, in German Echo and in Spanish Mira.
In Y7 students study two languages, each for three periods a fortnight. Towards the end of the year students choose one language to continue with from Y8 onwards. In Y8 students have six lessons per fortnight in their preferred language in order to focus intensively on embedding key grammar and vocabulary that will underpin their future progress. During Y8, students make their GCSE options. It is not compulsory at BGS to study a modern foreign language to GCSE, but it is positively encouraged.
All three languages are offered at GCSE. We also encourage native speakers of the languages we teach to gain a GCSE qualification (if they have not taken the subject as one of their options). Students are then able to continue their language studies to A Level. Our GCSE students and sixth-formers benefit enormously from regular conversation sessions in French and Spanish with our Foreign Language Assistants, both of whom are native speakers.
To enhance students’ knowledge and enjoyment of language-learning we offer a number of trips to various year groups to France, Germany and Spain. These trips are always very popular, not only with the students but also with members of staff – we are never short of volunteers amongst the teachers!