Modern Foreign Languages

Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. It has never been so important to learn a language due to the increase in international contacts within our economy meaning that the need for language skills permeates all levels. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfillment. Here at Torpoint Community College, students learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. Teaching is creative, interactive, engaging and inclusive with a variety of teaching approaches used to address the different needs and learning styles of students. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world.

Languages on offer at Torpoint Community College for the year 2016-2017 are French in years 7, 9, 11, 12 and 13 and Spanish in years 8, 10 and 13.

Focus for year 7

In year 7 we focus upon language acquisition and improving knowledge of grammar. We study a range of topics including, personal identification, family and friends, life at home and at school and free time. We aim to develop and embed an interest in language learning and confidence to communicate in the target language. Students are also offered an insight into aspects of life in countries where the target language is spoken.

Focus for year 8

In year 8 we study more complex grammar in detail and enable students to apply this knowledge over a range of topics that includes; daily routines; expressing opinions on aspects of life such as food and drink and the media, to plan and describe a visit to a country where the target language is spoken.

Focus for Year 9

In year 9 we focus upon aspects of life that are important to young people, such as opinions on television, cinema and celebrities and the Rights of young people around the world. Students learn how to give specific details about their own future plans with regard to study and work. They assess the importance of languages in the world of work. Students are taught how to discuss events in the past and in the future. The course content for year 9 prepares the students for the requirements of language learning at GCSE.

Focus for Year 10 & 11 (Linear GCSE 2016)

From September 2016, students follow the AQA French/Spanish syllabus. This two year GCSE course is designed to enable the learner to develop skills to communicate fluently and with confidence with a native speaker of the target language. The focus is upon enhanced language acquisition and development of grammar over a wide range of topics, so that students are able to understand and offer more complex and detailed information across the four language skills. Students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Focus for Year 11 (2016/17 only)

Students in year 11 follow the AQA MFL French syllabus. This current consists of Controlled Assessments in Speaking and writing, as well as external examinations in reading and listening. The focus is upon enhanced language acquisition and development of grammar so that students are able to understand and offer complex and detailed information across the four language skills.

The course content prepares the students for the requirements to continue language learning at AS level and beyond.

Focus for year 12 (2016)

Students in year 12 complete the AQA AS French course. The AS specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills, including communication, critical thinking and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and to society. The content has been designed to be of relevance to students of all disciplines, whether they want to progress to A-level or not. Students will develop their understanding of themes relating to the society and culture of the countries where French is spoken, and their language skills; they will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in French. The approach is a focus on how French-speaking society has been shaped, socially and culturally, and how it continues to change. Students study aspects of the social context together with aspects of the artistic life of French-speaking countries.

Focus for year 13 (2016/7)

In French and Spanish at A Level, students will develop their ability to communicate with a native speaker. Students will learn about some of the grammatical tools we can use to analyse text in detail, they will discover and discuss aspects of French or Spanish culture and society.   Students will also study global issues and their impact upon the Francophone and Hispanic world. As part of the course students will study aspects of French or Spanish cinema and/ or literature.  All will have a chance to put their own creative skills into practice by writing about a French or Spanish film/book that has been studied in depth.