Modern Foreign Languages

Course Description 

The focus of the Modern Foreign Languages team here at Loxford School is to develop the ability of our students to communicate successfully and effectively in the target language. We also put great emphasis on independent learning and achieving excellence; therefore, it is the ability to express themselves linguistically, resorting to different ways, which will be assessed in all parts of their course and eventually at GCSE level and A Level.

Loxford is committed to cooperate with the local community and businesses as well as other secondary and primary schools. We encourage our students to be involved in Language-based schemes provided by Higher Education Institutions such as the Routes into Languages programme and the Kings College London widening participation schemes for Languages.

Aims and Ethos

  • To encourage and develop the ability to use the target language effectively for communication.
  • Active learning with both students and teachers in roles, acting out real life situations relevant to both ages and interests of students.
  • Involving language genuinely needed to perform any task; offering an insight into the culture and civilisation of the foreign language countries.
  • To provide enjoyment and to stimulate their awareness of languages.
  • To encourage positive attitudes to foreigners and foreign languages as well as respect and understanding of foreign culture and civilisation to counteract prejudice.
  • To enable learners to communicate effectively in everyday situations involving either foreign visitors in this country or themselves visiting a foreign country.
  • To make a provision for trips abroad in the early stages of learning.
  • To provide students with enough opportunities to experience success, enjoyment and feeling of acquiring a sound and satisfactory linguistic knowledge.

Linguistic Objectives

Our intention is to provide always carefully structured activities and well chosen authentic material designed for both foundation and higher level of achievement in all Attainment Targets. We aim to offer a balanced variety of work and material allowing students to move with enthusiasm from comprehension to creation of their own utterances and written work in the target language. Thus, in our three parts lessons, we aim to cater for all the abilities through the planning of activities which are aimed to suit students’ different learning styles and develop the four auricular skills.

Our KS3, 4 & 5 Schemes of Work, which are regularly reviewed, are designed to include curricular and cross-curricular developments, in order to improve students’ language-learning skills and to provide them with strategies which aim to boost their performance. Literacy and Numeracy, as well as PSCHE orientations, are fundamental parts of our Schemes of Work too, so are regular activities developing skills strategies on how to improve listening and reading, starters requiring students to apply logic and make connections, activities to develop anticipation skills in exam contexts and ongoing opportunities for pair work and regular peer assessment.

In addition to French and Spanish taught during the school day, here in Loxford we also offer a range of community languages, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Italian, Arabic, German and Portuguese which are taught in twilight sessions. These lessons are taught by well experienced teachers and prove to be very popular.

Why choose this subject?

  • If you enjoy foreign travel and meeting new people
  • If you would like to have the edge over other people in your choice of career
  • If you like expressing your ideas and points of view on issues which interest you
  • If you want to boost both your job prospects and your salary by speaking more than one language
  • If you want to gain a greater understanding of other cultures

If this applies to you, then you should study A-Level French

Entry requirements:

Combine this course with: Any subject.

Essential if you go on to: Law, Journalism, Management or Teaching

Course Description

A-level French helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in French and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context.

The course will prepare you to become a well-informed and effective communicator:

  • You will be required to use French as a language to present and organise facts, ideas, explanations, opinions and information in speech and in writing.
  • You will have to read a variety of texts, (articles, advertisements, letters and diaries) to gain knowledge and to form your own viewpoints.
  • You will listen to authentic materials such as interviews, news flash items and radio programmes.
  • You will have access to native speakers to practice your language skills on a regular basis.

AS Level French

Students study the following topic areas:

  • Social issues and trends
  • Aspects of the political and artistic culture of France
  • French-speaking countries and communities

The Edexcel Advanced Subsidiary GCE in French consists of two externally examined papers assessing listening, reading and writing and a non-examined assessment assessing speaking.

The speaking assessment is externally set and conducted by a teacher/examiner.

All assessments are marked by Edexcel. Students must complete their speaking assessment in April/May and all other assessments in May/June in any single year.

The course is assessed through two examination papers:

  • Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation Written examination: 1 hour and 50 minutes –   40% AS
  • Paper 2: Written response to work, grammar and translation Written examination: 1 hour and 40 minutes – 30% of AS
  • Paper 3: Speaking Internally conducted and externally assessed – 30% of AS

A2 Level French

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • Enhance their linguistic skills and promote and develop their capacity for critical thinking on the basis of their knowledge and understanding of the language, culture and society of the country or countries where the language is spoken
  • Develop control of the language system to convey meaning, using spoken and written skills, including an extended range of vocabulary, for both practical and intellectual purposes as increasingly confident, accurate and independent users of the language
  • Develop their ability to interact effectively with users of the language in speech and in writing, including through online media
  • Develop language learning skills and strategies, including communication strategies to sustain communication and build fluency and confidence
  • Engage critically with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in the original language, developing an appreciation of sophisticated and creative uses of the language and understanding them within their cultural and social context
  • Mediate between cultures and between speakers of the language and speakers of English
  • Foster their ability to learn other languages
  • Equip themselves with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them to proceed to further study or to employment

Students study the following topic areas:

  • Changes in French society
  • Political and artistic culture in French-speaking countries
  • Immigration and French multicultural society
  • Occupation and Résistance

The Edexcel Advanced GCE in French consists of two externally examined papers assessing listening, reading and writing and a non-examined assessment assessing speaking.

The speaking assessment is externally set and conducted by a teacher/examiner.

All assessments are marked by Edexcel. Students must complete their speaking assessment in April/May and all other assessments in May/June in any single year.

The course is assessed through two examination papers:

  • Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation Written examination: 1 hour and 50 minutes –   40% A2
  • Paper 2: Written response to work, grammar and translation Written examination: 1 hour and 40 minutes – 30% of A2
  • Paper 3: Speaking Internally conducted and externally assessed – 30% of A2

Why choose this subject?

  • If you enjoy foreign travel and meeting new people
  • If you would like to have the edge over other people in your choice of career
  • If you like expressing your ideas and points of view on issues which interest you
  • If you want to boost both your job prospects and your salary by speaking more than one language
  • If you want to gain a greater understanding of other cultures

If this applies to you, then you should study A-Level Spanish

  • Entry requirements: A grade or above at GCSE is essential.
  • Combine this course with: Any subject.
  • Essential if you go on to: Law, Journalism, Management or Teaching.

Course Description

A-level Spanish helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in Spanish and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context.  The course will prepare you to become a well-informed and effective communicator:

  • You will be required to use Spanish as a language to present and organise facts, ideas, explanations, opinions and information in speech and in writing.
  • You will have to read a variety of texts, (articles, advertisements, letters and diaries) to gain knowledge and to form your own viewpoints.
  • You will listen to authentic materials such as interviews, news flash items and radio programmes.
  • You will have access to native speakers to practice your language skills on a regular basis.

AS Level Spanish

Students study the following topic areas:

  • Social issues and trends
  • Aspects of the political and artistic culture of Spain
  • Spanish-speaking countries and communities

The Edexcel Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Spanish consists of two externally examined papers assessing listening, reading and writing and a non-examined assessment assessing speaking.

The speaking assessment is externally set and conducted by a teacher/examiner.

All assessments are marked by Edexcel.

Students must complete their speaking assessment in April/May and all other assessments in May/June in any single year.

The course is assessed through two examination papers:

  • Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation
  • Written examination: 1 hour and 50 minutes –   40% AS
  • Paper 2: Written response to work, grammar and translation
  • Written examination: 1 hour and 40 minutes – 30% of AS
  • Paper 3: Speaking
  • Internally conducted and externally assessed – 30% of AS

A2 Level Spanish

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • Enhance their linguistic skills and promote and develop their capacity for critical thinking on the basis of their knowledge and understanding of the language, culture and society of the country or countries where the language is spoken
  • Develop control of the language system to convey meaning, using spoken and written skills, including an extended range of vocabulary, for both practical and intellectual purposes as increasingly confident, accurate and independent users of the language
  • Develop their ability to interact effectively with users of the language in speech and in writing, including through online media
  • Develop language learning skills and strategies, including communication strategies to sustain communication and build fluency and confidence
  • Engage critically with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in the original language, developing an appreciation of sophisticated and creative uses of the language and understanding them within their cultural and social context
  • Mediate between cultures and between speakers of the language and speakers of English
  • Foster their ability to learn other languages
  • Equip themselves with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them to proceed to further study or to employment

Students study the following topic areas:

  • Changes in Spanish society
  • Political and artistic culture in Spanish-speaking countries
  • Immigration and Spanish multicultural society
  • Francoist dictatorship and transition to democracy

The Edexcel Advanced GCE in Spanish consists of two externally examined papers assessing listening, reading and writing and a non-examined assessment assessing speaking.

The speaking assessment is externally set and conducted by a teacher/examiner.

All assessments are marked by Edexcel.

Students must complete their speaking assessment in April/May and all other assessments in May/June in any single year.

The course is assessed through two examination papers:

  • Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation Written examination: 1 hour and 50 minutes –   40% A2
  • Paper 2: Written response to work, grammar and translation Written examination: 1 hour and 40 minutes – 30% of A2
  • Paper 3: Speaking Internally conducted and externally assessed – 30% of A2