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Head of Modern Foreign Languages: Mr Hobbs
Assistant Head of MFL: Mr Earnshaw-Crofts
Teachers: Mr Lennon, Mrs Guerrero, Miss Rashid, Mrs Hodge, Mrs Caiafa
Three languages are currently taught at Burnham Grammar School – French, German and Spanish. The department is staffed by six teachers, with the majority of lessons taking place in four dedicated rooms on the second floor (S26, S35, S37 and S38) each equipped with a smartboard and S26 is an ICT rich classroom.
Exam board for GCSE and A Level: AQA
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Links for A Level specifications:
The department uses the following coursebooks and accompanying online platforms for study during lessons and for homework:
French – Dynamo 1 and 2 (Y7-8) with Pearson ActiveLearn, Oxford AQA GCSE French Higher / Kerboodle (Y9-11), Oxford AQA A Level (Y12-13) / Kerboodle.
German – Stimmt 1 and 2 (Y7-8) with Pearson ActiveLearn and Oxford AQA GCSE German Higher / Kerboodle (Y9-11)
Spanish – Viva 1 and 2 (Y7-8) with Pearson ActiveLearn and Oxford AQA GCSE German Higher / Kerboodle (Y9-11), Oxford AQA A Level (Y12-13) / Kerboodle.
The department subscribes to the following digital learning resources to use in both class and at home:
French - Dynamo (Y7-8) and Kerboodle (Y10-13)
German - Stimmt (Y7-8) and Kerboodle (Y9-11)
Spanish - Viva (Y7-8) and Kerboodle (Y9-13)
From September 2022, Y7 students will be allocated a language by the school to be studied in Years 7 and 8; either French, German or Spanish. If there is a strong reason why your son/daughter should not study a language, e.g. The language is spoken at home, then this should be made known by email to Admissions and the Head of MFL, Mr Hobbs, as early as possible during the academic year prior to entry. Students in Years 7 and 8 have six lessons per fortnight in their language, in order to focus intensively on embedding key grammar and vocabulary that will underpin their future progress. During Year 8, students make their GCSE options. It is not compulsory at BGS to study a modern foreign language to GCSE, but it is positively encouraged and uptake is high.
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.
The curriculum covered in all 3 languages mirrors the requirements of the AQA GCSE and A-Level exams. At Key Stages 3 and 4, the following topics are revisited each year in increasing depth and grammatical complexity:
- Me, my family and friends
- Technology in everyday life
- Free-time activities
- Customs and festivals
- Home, town, neighbourhood and region
- Social issues
- Global issues
- Travel and tourism
- Current and future study and employment
At Key Stage 5 the topics are as follows:
- The role of the family
- Gender equality
- Voluntary work
- Artistic culture
- Political life
- Additionally, a film is studied in Y12 and a book in Y13
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!
Additionally, a film is studied in Y12 and a book in Y13. Furthermore, students must undertake an Individual Research Project relating to an area of interest within a French- or Spanish-speaking country. The students' research and findings will then form the majority of the conversation of their Speaking Exam at the end of Y13.