Modern Foreign Languages

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Learning a foreign language is a skill that is becoming increasingly important in the global village in which we live and it has been proved to help with the development of a variety of other key areas such as literacy, memory and self-confidence.   

We are proud to teach three languages at Portchester; French, German and Spanish.   In lessons, students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing whilst practising strategies to help them to become effective and independent language learners.  Students are encouraged to take an interest in different cultures and other countries through a variety of projects, ICT tasks and creative activities.

Additional curriculum opportunities in Modern Languages 2014-2017

  • Students in all years have found out in assemblies about similarities and differences in lifestyle, festivals and traditions around the world.
  • Year 7 students have taken part in a mini-book week to celebrate the European Day of Languages on 26th September.
  • All Year 7 students visited our ‘Languages Market’ in May 2016 to buy some authentic snacks with points they had earned.
  • Lunchtime Spanish club for KS3 students.
  • Years 8-11 German had the opportunity to visit Cologne, Germany, in September 2015 for three days.
  • Years 8-10 German has the opportunity to visit Cologne in December 2016 for three days.
  • Years 8 and 9 French had the opportunity to visit Paris in October 2016 for four days.
  • Year 8 students attended the Global Campus event at Portsmouth University in to learn about and experience other cultures.
  • Year 8 Spanish students worked on a project with a link school in Spain 2015-16.
  • Year 9 German students have been part of Portsmouth University’s Adopt-a-Student scheme 2015-16.
  • Year 9 French students have been involved in a pen-friend link with a school in Vannes, France, 2016-17.
  • Year 10 cross-curricular project (German and History) for Holocaust Memorial Day in January 2016.
  • Year 10 French students worked with Year 6 students at a local primary School in the summer of 2016.
  • Year 10 French and German students hosted Dutch visitors from Steveensbeek, Holland in June 2016.
  • Lunchtime Latin for Years 10 and 11 (able scientists) in the Spring term 2016.
  • Year 11 Revision Day at Portsmouth University, annually in January.
  • Year 11 French visited Paris in October 2015 for three days.
  • Students have been entered for GCSEs in Polish, Portuguese and Italian.
  • GCSE support sessions run at lunchtimes for Year 11 French, German and Spanish students.
  • Students have taken GCSEs in French, German and Spanish.
  • All students of Spanish worked with Alvaro, our Spanish Language Assistant 2014-15.
  • All learners of German worked with Carolin, our German Language Assistant 2015-16.

Key Stage 3 information

Currently, all students at Portchester School study one foreign language throughout Years 7, 8 and 9. A range of topics are covered over the three years, including personal introductions and description, free time and hobbies, home life, education, food and drink etc.  Students learn how to use grammar effectively to help them to communicate with increasing confidence and work more independently.  They will also have numerous opportunities to learn about the culture of the target-language countries. 

Key Stage 4 information – Year 10 2016-17

All students who opted to continue with French, German or Spanish at Key Stage 4 are working towards the new style of GCSE, which will be examined for the first time in summer 2018. We will be teaching the AQA syllabus.  All skills will be examined in the spring and summer of 2018, with an equal 25% weighting across the fours skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

A range of different topics and grammar are taught from the three themes:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national and international areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

Topics and themes are regularly re-visited and extended to enable students to prepare for the new style of terminal examination. There is no coursework or controlled assessment for this cohort.

Key Stage 4 information – Year 11 2016-17

Students in Yr11 who opted to continue are working towards their GCSE in French, German or Spanish. French and German use the WJEC syllabus whilst Spanish works with AQA.  Students are assessed in listening and reading at either Foundation or Higher tier at the end of Year 11 and these skills are each worth 20%. Speaking and Writing are each worth 30% and are assessed through Controlled Assessments which are completed in school at appropriate points during the two-year course.  Teaching staff mark the speaking tasks and a sample is sent to the exam board off for moderation. All written tasks are marked externally.

A range of different topics and grammar are taught from four themes:

  • Personal and Social Life
  • The Wider World
  • The Local Community
  • The World of Work

Both exam boards have very good websites with plenty of additional information for parents and students.

Teaching Staff

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Mrs L. Travers Subject Leader for Languages and Teacher of German and Citizenship l.travers
Miss A. Galan Teacher of French, Spanish and Citizenship a.galan
Ms N. Nesbitt Teacher of Spanish n.nesbitt

The team will also be joined by Guadalupe, a native Spanish-speaker who will work as our Spanish Language Assistant from October to May. She will work with all of our Spanish learners in small groups to help develop their accent, fluency and cultural awareness.

Programme of Study 2017 - click on grid for larger view