In Year 7 your child will begin learning French in addition to Welsh. In Year 7 all pupils are taught in mixed ability groups. There is an opportunity for more able linguists to learn German from Year 8, when groups are set according to ability.
The Department uses a range of up-to-date and exciting resources, including the “Expo” Key Stage 3 French series and the new Michel Thomas C’est Possible” French course. In addition we make use of several web-based resources to enhance the quality of learning. In Year 7 each pupil is given a “KS3 French Toolkit”, a booklet that provides them with the basics of the French language and sections to track their academic progress. Each year pupils are given vocabulary booklets, covering the main topic-based vocabulary and structures. Although dictionaries are available in lessons, these are in limited supply and we would like each pupil to purchase a mini French dictionary to use at home/ in school if possible.
Our rooms are very well-equipped with data projectors and internet access. A variety of media including MP3 voice recorders and digital camcorders are used widely in our teaching programmes. The department has a website that may be accessed through the main school website and each teacher has an area on the school network where students can access folders of worksheets/ extra activities and a diverse range of slideshow presentations in three languages. Using our home access system, these resources may be studied remotely at home.
The Department consists of five well-qualified modern linguists:
- Mrs K Bosley- Head of the MFL Faculty (German, French, Welsh)
- Mrs C Harris- Second in Faculty (French, German, Welsh)
- Mrs K Neill- MFL Teacher (French, German, Welsh)
- Mrs S Warfield-Ried – Head of Welsh
- Miss K Jones - Welsh Teacher (Welsh)
- Mrs V Carter- MFL Teacher (French, German)