Languages

Bienvenue, Willkommen, Bienvenido!

At St Hilda’s we are very proud of our pupils’ excellent achievements in MFL. 

Results 2016 – 2017

Grade A* - C
Grade A* - A

In 2016-2017, 83 % of students attained A* – C grades in French, German and Spanish GCSE, with 26 % achieving A* and A.


Modern Foreign Languages Department

Bienvenue, Willkommen, Bienvenido!
At St Hilda’s we are very proud of our pupils’ excellent achievements in MFL.

What we teach

We offer French to all pupils in Year 7, and then in the February of Year 7, pupils opt for either German or Spanish as well.
Pupils then have the option of continuing to GCSE. Most of our students opt to take one language, with some choosing to do two.
In addition, we are happy to offer French, German and Spanish to A Level.
What our pupils say
“I really enjoy languages at St Hilda’s because you are always supported by the teachers and classmates”

Top linguists award 2016
What are past students up to now

German

German is offered from February in Year 7 through to A Level.
Extracurricular activities:
We are enthusiastic about language learning and endeavour to make the process as real, exciting and personal as possible:
• We learn about the peoples and culture of the German-speaking countries.
e.g. Christmas, Easter and Karneval activities, food preparation and tasting, learning traditional songs and poems.

• Partner schools

We have pen pal and skype links with our partner schools:

a. St Ursula Gymnasium, Attendorn

b. Georg Büchner Gymnasium, Cologne

We enjoy mutual visits with our friends in the partner schools, and are especially proud of our exchanges in Years 12 and 13.

This year, thanks to funding from the UK-German Connection, 6 of our Year 11 pupils are heading to Attendorn to celebrate the 100th anniversary of St Ursula, along with pupils from Lithuania, Poland and Ireland.

  • Foreign Language Assistants
  • We are lucky to employ a German assistant, who works with our pupils both in class, in small groups and in lunchtime clubs.
  • Trips In recent years, we have been to the Cologne Christmas markets, organised joint trips with the History Department to Berlin and Cologne, and also visited Frau James’ home town of Munich.
  • We offer school trips abroad to a variety of different locations. These are very popular and as well as being a valuable learning experience, they are also hugely enjoyable and highly motivating.
  • Links with local universities

We regularly attend GCSE and A Level enrichment days at MMU and Liverpool University.

We enjoy particularly strong links with Liverpool University, who offer master classes to our pupils, the most recent of which was a translation workshop for Year 12 and 13. In addition, we benefit from welcoming their Languages degree students into St Hilda’s for work experience.

Years 7-9

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 7

N/A

 

Jan – Feb: N/A

Feb onwards:

My world and I

Introducing yourself

Learning how to pronounce German words

Target Language

Numbers, age, alphabet, where you live, your character.

 

Family and pets

Talking about pets and family

Higher numbers, dates

Descriptions

Finding out about German traditions

Year 8

Free time

Sports, opinions, leisure activities

Time expressions

 

School

School subjects and opinions

Days, time

Describing teachers

School facilities and rules

 

Travel

Describing a town

Buying souvenirs, snacks and drinks

Talking about holiday plans

Future tense

 

Year 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holidays

Past tenses

Talking about what you did on holiday

Media

Talking about film, television programmes, reading.

Healthy Living

Talking about typical meals

Discussing traditional German food

Understanding and using recipes

Talking about healthy lifestyles

Resources:

  1. Textbooks: Stimmt! 1, Stimmt! 2.
  2. Stimmt! 1 and 2 workbooks
  3. Websites: http://www.linguascope.com, http://www.memrise.com/, http://www.quizlet.com/,   http://www.duolingo.com/, http://www.samlearning.com/.
  4. Readers, Mary Glasgow magazines

GCSE

We follow the AQA GCSE German specification (8668)

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 10

• My studies

• Life at school/college

 

• Free-time activities

• Customs and festivals in German-speaking countries/ communities

• Home, town, neighbourhood and region • Technology in everyday life

• Me, my family and friends

 

Year 11

• Travel and tourism

 

 

• Jobs, career choices and ambitions

• Social issues • Global issues

 

Pupils then have the option of continuing their study to A Level.

Detailed specification is available at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/german-8668.

Textbooks used:

Stimmt! AQA GCSE German.

Further reading/resources:

  1. CGP GCSE AQA German Complete Revision and Practice guide and workbook
  2. Readers, Mary Glasgow magazines
  3. Websites: http://www.linguascope.com/, http://www.memrise.com/, http://www.quizlet.com/,   http://www.duolingo.com/, www.ukgermanconnection.org/young-people, www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german, www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/german, http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/, http://www.samlearning.com/

A Level

We follow the Eduqas A Level German specification

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 12

Bridging the gap

Being a young person in German-speaking society:

Family structures

Traditional and modern values

Friendships / relationships

 

 

Being a young person in German-speaking society:

Youth trends and personal

identity

Education and employment

opportunities

 

Film: Goodbye Lenin

Understanding the

German-speaking world:

Regional culture and heritage in

Germany, German-speaking

countries and communities

Media, art, film and music in the

German-speaking world

 

Year 13

Film: Goodbye Lenin

Literature: Der Vorleser

Diversity and difference:

Migration and integration

Cultural identity and

marginalisation

Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference

Discrimination and diversity

 

 

Literature: Der Vorleser

The making of modern

Germany: 1989 onwards:

Initial and subsequent process

of reunification

Social cohesion in present-day

Germany

The economic impact of a united Germany

 

Exam preparation and practice

Detailed specification is available at http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/german/as-a-level/

Textbooks used:

AQA A Level German

Further reading/resources:

        1. AQA A Level German dynamic learning
        2. Zeitgeist 1 and 2, study guide, grammar book
        3. Goodbye Lenin (film, study guide)
        4. Der Vorleser by Bernhard Schlink (novel, study guide)
        5. Websites:

www.memrise.com

http://www.ukgermanconnection.org/

www.spiegel.dewww.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/

www.dw.de/learn-german/deutsch-interaktiv/s-9572

www.goethe.de/ins/gb/lon/prj/asa/top/hal/enindex.htm

www.deutschseite.de/inhalt.html

http://lyricstraining.com

www.news-und-trends.de

http://www.kindernetz.de/knstartseite/start/-/id=4390/fq7oka/index.html

www.wdr.de/tv/neuneinhalb/aktuell/index.php5

www.tivi.de/fernsehen/logo/start/index.html

http://www.quizlet.com/

Spanish

General introduction

The Spanish department strives to make the learning process as enjoyable and authenic as possible. We try our best to ensure that all pupils have access to a range of resources and learning opportunities that will maximise their learning of the language and the culture of the Spanish-speaking world.

  • We learn about the culture, society of Spain and Latin America gaining an appreciation of fiestas, traditions, typical food, literature and popular Hispanic music.

 

  • Partner schools
  • We have pen pal and skype links with our partner schools a school in Madrid called IES La Estrella.
  • Foreign Language Assistants
  • We are lucky to employ a Spanish assistant, who works with our pupils both in class, in small groups and in lunchtime clubs.
  • Trips In recent years, taken pupils on tours of the Costa Brava, Andalusia and Costa Verde, visiting a range of Spain’s major cities and the surrounding areas such as Barcelona, Santander, Bilbao, Girona, Seville, Granada, Valencia and the list goes on!
  • We offer school trips abroad to a variety of different locations. These are very popular, and as well as being a valuable learning experience, they are also hugely enjoyable and highly motivating.
  • Links with local universities

We regularly attend GCSE and A Level enrichment days at MMU and Liverpool University.

We enjoy particularly strong links with Liverpool University, who offer master classes to our pupils, the most recent of which was a translation workshop for Year 12 and 13. In addition, we benefit from welcoming their Languages degree students into St Hilda’s for work experience.

Years 7-9

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 7

N/A

 

Jan – Feb: N/A

Feb onwards:

My Life

Introducing yourself

Learning how to pronounce Spanish words

Target Language

Numbers, age, alphabet, where you live, your character.

 

Family and pets

Talking about pets and family

Higher numbers, dates

Descriptions

Finding out about the Spanish Speaking world.

Year 8

Free time

Sports, opinions, leisure activities, weather, opinions and

Expressions of time.

 

School

School subjects and opinions

Days, time

Describing teachers

School facilities and rules

 

Family and Friends

Describing your family ( members/ composition),

Physical descriptions ,

Describing where you live,

Talking about holiday plans

Using possessive adjectives common irregular verbs.

 

Year 9

Holidays

Talking about what you did on holiday

Using pinions in the past.

Using the preterit tense

 

 

All About My Life

Talking about how you use your mobile phone, types of music and TV programmes you like, Saying what free time activities you did yesterday, Using comparatives.

 

Food

Talking about the food you like,

Describing meal times,

Ordering a meal,

Discussing traditional Spanish food,

Planning a party,

The immediate future tense,

Using three tenses together.

 

 

Resources:

  1. Textbooks: ¡Viva! 1, ¡Viva ! 2.
  2. ¡Viva! 1 and 2 workbooks
  3. Websites: http://www.linguascope.com/, http://www.memrise.com/, http://www.quizlet.com/,   http://www.duolingo.com/, http://www.samlearning.com/.
  4. Readers, Mary Glasgow magazines

GCSE

We follow the AQA GCSE Spanish course

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 10

• Travel and Tourism

Talking about holiday preferences,

Talking about a past holiday,

Describing trips,

Booking accommodation,

Using three tenses together

 

• Life in school

Describing subjects/ teachers, rules and problems,

Talking about plans for an exchange,

Extra-curricular activities and achievements,

Object Pronouns,

Using 3 tenses

 

• People in my live.

Talking about socializing and family,

Describing people,

Talking about social networks,

Extending responses by referring to others,

Making arrangements,

Improving dialogues, Talking about reading preferences,

Describing relationships.

 

Year 11

• Travel and tourism

 

 

• Jobs, career choices and ambitions

• Social issues • Global issues

 

Pupils then have the option of continuing their study to A Level.

Detailed specification is available at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish.

Textbooks used:

¡Viva! AQA GCSE Spanish.

Further reading/resources:

  1. CGP GCSE AQA Spanish Complete Revision and Practice guide and workbook
  2. Readers, Mary Glasgow magazines
  3. Websites: http://www.linguascope.com/, http://www.memrise.com/, http://www.quizlet.com/,   http://www.duolingo.com/, http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/, http://www.samlearning.com/.
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/spanish/
  5. http://www.acapela-group.com/text-to-speech-interactive-demo.html – Practise Spanish pronunciation (Excellent preparation for speaking tests!)
  6. http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/ – Spanish Grammar Help

A Level

We follow the EDUQAS A Level Spanish course.

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 12

Bridging the gap

Being a young person in Spanish-speaking society:

Family structures

Traditional and modern values

Friendships / relationships

 

 

Being a young person in Spanish-speaking society:

Youth trends and personal

identity

Education and employment

opportunities

 

Film: Pans Labyrinth

Understanding the

Spanish-speaking world:

Regional culture and heritage in

Spain, Spanish-speaking

countries and communities

Media, art, film and music in the

Spanish-speaking world

Spain 1936 onwards

Year 13

Film: Pans Labyrinth

Literature: Casa De Bernarda Alba

 

Theme 4 The Two Spains: 1936 onwards

 

Post-Civil War Spain – historical and political repercussions

The Spanish Civil War and the transition to democracy (represented in the arts, cinema, literature, art and photography)

 

Migration and integration

Cultural identity and marginalisation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literature: Casa De Bernarda Alba

 

Spain – coming to terms with the past? “Recuperación de la memoria histórica”

 

 

Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference.

 

Discrimination and diversity

Exam preparation and practice

 

 

Pans Labyrinth re-visited

Detailed specification is available at http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/spanish/as-a-level/.

Textbooks used:

AQA A Level Spanish

Further reading/resources:

  1. AQA A Level Spanish dynamic learning
  2. Pans Labrynth (film, study guide)
  3. Casa de Barnarda Alba (novel, study guide)

Websites:

http://memrise.com/ – for building vocab

http://www.quizlet.com/ – for learning vocab

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/cool/ – offers short audio files with colloquial Spanish vocabulary on several topics.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/ – BBC website especially good for links to all major Spanish news, TV and radio sites

www.newsinslowspanish.com/- listening practise.

http://www.duolingo.com/ – for building and learning vocab

www.linguee.com/ – the best for contextualising new vocabulary

French

Introduction:

French is taught from Year 7 through to Year 13 in St Hilda’s.

At Key Stage 4, our pupils can decide to opt for French at GCSE. Our results have always been very high, as exemplified below.

2015-2016: 97 %  A*- C    with 12% A*

2014-2015: 88% A*- C   with  31 % A*

2013-2014: 98 %  A* – C   with 30% A*

You also have the opportunity to study French at A level. This year, 2016-2017, 7 students chose to pursue French in Year 12 and 7 students carried on into Year 13.

We are lucky to count 2 French native teachers in our Department: Madame Lloyd and Madame Romat.

Extracurricular activities:

We offer regular end of year trips to France. We have been to a variety of destinations throughout the years including:

  • Day trip to Boulogne
  • Week-end in Lille, for the Christmas market
  • 4 days trip to Arles, in Camargue (south-east France)
  • 4 days trip to Strasbourg (in the Alsace region, Eastern France)
  • School exchange to Avignon (Provence)
  • 4 days trip to Normandie and Paris

 

 

We also run a French cine club at lunchtime, open to Sixth-Formers and Year 11 pupils.

We take our pupils to cinema workshops organised by Manchester Metropolitan University yearly, in Home cinema in Manchester.

“Bande de Filles” by Celine Sciamma, the latest film we saw and analysed.

“Bande de Filles” by Celine Sciamma, the latest film we saw and analysed.

 

 

Years 7-9

Introduction

In Year 7, every pupil starts studying French in order to get a firm grounding in studying a foreign language. We divide our teaching in-between the 4 skills of Listening/ Speaking/ Reading and Writing equally.

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 7

Personal information and opinions.

 

 

 

 

Project: produce a Wanted Poster

 

School life

(pencil case and bag/ school subjects/ the time/ the school day/ the canteen).

 

Project: present your favourite day

 

Past times/ typical week-end.

Present tense.

 

 

 

Project: research on a French sportsman or sportswoman.

Year 8

TV, films, books. Revision of Present tense.

 

A visit to Paris.

Weather and transport.

The Perfect tense.

 

Project: a postcard/ a diary from Paris

 

My routine.

Clothes and fashion.

Reflexive verbs.

 

Project: design an outfit for a special occasion

Year 9

My family.

Adjectives and comparatives.

Imperfect tense: when I was little.

 

Project: write your autoportrait,”When I was little…..”

My house and my area. My ideal house.

Future tense.

 

 

 

Project: present your ideal house.

Food and health issues.

All three tenses.

 

 

Project: produce a Healthy living campaign poster.

  • In Year 7, we start with “Acces Studio”, a book aiming at bridging the gap with Primary school French. We use the textbook and the interactive software in class. We then move on to Studio 1, published by Heinemann.
  • In Year 8, we use Studio 2 vert and Studio 2 rouge according to the pupil’s ability.
  • In Year 9, we use Studio 3 vert and rouge according to the pupils ‘ability.
  • We also use the Studio workbooks for extra reading practice in each year.
  • We offer the opportunity to order French Mary Glasgow magazines which contain topical and current short articles on the themes studied in class.

GCSE:

At GCSE, we follow the AQA French full course for GCSE. This course is assessed at the end of Year 11, through examinations. For Speaking, the examination is conducted by the class French teacher.

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 10

Unit 1: me, my family and friends, relationships, future personal plans: marriage.

Unit 2: hobbies.

Music, sports and extreme sports.

 

Unit 2 (Continued):

Reading and Technology, films and going out.

Unit 3: customs and traditions, special food for special occasions, routine actions.

Unit 3 (continued):

Clothes for special occasions, local events and festivals.

 

Unit 4: my town, places to see, things to do, weather, advice for tourists.

Year 11

Unit 4 Continued: town vs countryside.

Unit 8: the environment and wider social issues.

 

Unit 5: holidays

 

Unit 6: school life

 

Unit 7: the world of work: employment and careers

 

Unit 8: social issues (a more in depth study)

 

Role-play practice.

General conversation practice.

Examination practice.

Detailed specification is available at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658

We use the Studio textbook written by Clive bell and Anneli McLachlan and published by Pearson.

Further resources: pupils are given an opportunity to order the CGP examination practice book and grammar book at a discounted price.

Links with France:

In Y10 all our pupils are paired up with a French penfriend, attending our partner school in Mont-de-Marsan, south west France. Last year, our French pen friends visited us and spent 2 days in school attending lessons and co-working on projects with their penfriends.

 


St Hilda’s College Website:

At A level, we prepare the full French A level course over 2 years, with the final examination in Year 13. We follow the AQA syllabus for French A level specifications 7652.

For detailed information on these specifications, follow the link:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/french-7652/specification-at-a-glance

We use the Oxford University Press textbooks:

  • AQA A level French Year 1, by Rob Pike, Colin Povey and Paul Shannon.
  • AQA A level French Year 2, by Rob Pike, Colin Povey and Paul Shannon.

Alongside the textbooks, we use many reference grammar books such as:

  • Heinemann A Level French Grammar practice
  • AS and A2 grammar workbooks by Jean-Claude Gilles, OUP.
 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 12

Aspects of French Society current trends:

–          Family and its recent changes

–          Technology and its impacts

 

 

Artistic culture in the French speaking world:

–          Cultural inheritance: architecture, history, geography of France.

 

Aspects of French Society current trends:

–          Volunteering and the charity sector in French speaking countries.

Artistic culture in the French speaking world:

–          French music

–          French cinema

–          Film study: “Entre les murs” by Laurent Cantet.

–          Research for the individual oral project.

Year 13

Aspects of French Society current issues:

–          Multiculturalism in France: aspects and advantages.

–          The minorities in France (the homeless, the disabled).

–          Criminality: sanctions and offences.

 

Literature Study: “L’etranger” by Camus.

 

Shaping out the individual oral project.

 

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world:

–          The Young and politics

–          Social unrest and the role of the unions.

–          Immigration policies.

 

Literature Study continued: “l’etranger”

 

Final presentation for the individual oral project.

Examination practice:

–          Oral cards

–          IRP (individual research project) presentation

–          Translations

–          Writing summaries

–          Reading papers

–          Listening papers

–          Essay writing

 

Revisions.