Modern Foreign Languages

Key Stage 4

 

Subject:                 Spanish/French/German GCSE                                               (Edexcel)

Link to other subjects/degrees/careers:

Many degree courses now enable students to combine the study of a foreign language with a variety of subject specialisms such as Engineering, Law, Business/Management Studies, Science, Computing, Marketing, Economics, and Mathematics.  Through EU funded schemes, many students are able to undertake a year of study at a university of another EU member state so that graduate lawyers, engineers, mathematicians and scientists of the future will also have the additional invaluable skill of fluency in a foreign language. Figures show that the level of unemployment of students and graduates with a language is one of the lowest amongst all the subject specialisms. Consequently, the arguments have never been stronger for the study of a foreign language.

Career paths are very varied given the global nature of the majority of companies and organisations nowadays – anything from a doctor to a lawyer from an engineer to an investment banker – the employment possibilities are endless.

Skills/competencies developed:

Students develop the ability:

  • to listen to and understand spoken language in a range of contexts and a variety of styles
  • to communicate in speech for a variety of purposes
  • to read and respond to different types of written language
  • to communicate in writing for a variety of purposes
  • to understand and apply a range of vocabulary and structures
  • to develop language learning and communication skills which can be applied broadly

 

There is an emphasis on students working cooperatively, learning to use all the resources available in order for them to become more independent, reflecting on their learning in order to progress and developing thinking skills, all of which are highly valued skills for future studies and the world of work.

 

Topics specified by the examination board are:

Media and Culture

Sport and Leisure

Travel and Tourism

Relationships and Environment

Business, Work and Employment

 

Content

Students have a four part examination covering all four skills areas:

Currently students take :

2 controlled assessments in Speaking – accounting for 15% each

2 controlled assessments in Writing – accounting for 15% each

These controlled assessments are spread over the two years of study but typically:

In year 10 – 2 controlled assessments – 1 in writing and 1 in speaking in terms 4 and 6

In year 11 – 2 controlled assessments – 1 in writing and 1 in speaking in terms 1 and 2

 

In the summer of year 11 students take the final two units of listening and reading accounting for 20% each in May / June.

 

Summary :

Speaking – 2 controlled assessments = 30%

Writing – 2 controlled assessments = 30%

Listening – terminal examination = 20%

Reading – terminal examination = 20%