Teachers of Modern Foreign Languages
- Mr R Czepukojc
- Mrs V Earl
- Miss A Ellis (Head of Department)
- Mrs E Gonzalez
- Miss K Grundy
- Mr F La Bua
- Ms J Lynn
- Mr J Witts
Our Vision for Modern Foreign Languages
Students at SJB study foreign languages to become citizens of the world, equipped with transferable and communication skills, as well as an open-mindedness to other cultures.
We offer French, Spanish and Italian.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7, students follow a carousel of three languages, French, Spanish and Italian, where they will spend two half-terms on each to get a taster.
All about me
Students focus on using the present tense.
Student choose one of the three languages to continue studying from Year 8 onwards.
Yr 7 Carousel Assessment Frameworks
Students follow their chosen language from Year 8.
All three languages cover the following topics, as an introduction to the five main GCSE themes:
- My family, friends and me
- Local area and/or holidays
- Work and future plans
- Global dimension
Students focus on using two tenses; the present tense, as well as the future or past tense.
In Year 9, students begin to study the main topics from Year 8 in a greater depth.
Who am I?
Hobbies and free time
Daily and cultural life
Students focus on using three tenses; the present, past and future tenses, as well as gaining familiarity with GCSE-style tasks.
Key Stage 4
Exam Board: Edexcel
Exam: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing – 25% each
Foundation Tier Exam Structure:
- Listening – 35 minutes + 5 minutes’ reading time
- Speaking – 7-9 minutes + 12 minutes’ preparation time
- Reading – 40 minutes
- Writing – 60 minutes
Higher Tier Exam Structure:
- Listening – 45 minutes + 5 minutes’ reading time
- Speaking – 10-12 minutes + 12 minutes’ preparation time
- Reading – 60 minutes
- Writing – 75 minutes
Students cover 5 themes across the course:
- Identity and Culture
- Local Area, Holiday and Travel
- Future Aspirations, Study and Work
- International and Global Dimension
Students will either sit Foundation or Higher tier and all exams are at the end of the course.
Key Stage 5
Exam Board: Edexcel
- Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation into English (40%)
- Paper 2: Written response to works and translation in French (30%)
- Paper 3: Speaking (30%)
Students learn about a wide range of topics related to the Target Language society, while also developing their understanding and application of the language and grammar. Topics include:
- Changes in society
- Political and artistic culture
- A film study
- Immigration and multicultural society
- A key historical period
- A novel study
- An independent research project
Studying a language at A Level, enables students to gain a variety of skills:
- Ability to think on your feet
- Ability to develop intelligent and intellectual ideas without prompting
- Critical and analytical skills
- Communicating with others
- Debating skills
- Confidence in speaking
- Presenting information and opinions
- Research skills
- Independent learning skills
- Grammatical understanding
- Cultural awareness