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SPANISH 2“To have another language is to possess a second soul.”

- Charlemagne

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”

- Nelson Mandela

 

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Staff

    • Head of Department: Mrs Carole Martin (native French speaker)

    • Teacher: Mrs Lynsey Patton (French and Spanish)

    • Teacher: Miss Sophie Lyttle (French and Irish)

    • Teacher/ French Assistant: Ms Elodie Bocquet / Mrs Joëlle Coudière (native French speakers)

 

Facilities


Our teaching rooms are bright and all equipped with Interactive White Boards, facilitating the integration of ICT within our lessons.

 

Background


The French Department is staffed by 4 teachers, all of whom are highly committed to their subject and keen to share their passion for languages. We aim to improve our pupils’ communication skills, develop their confidence and independence, as well as help them to understand and appreciate other cultures. We set out to provide our pupils with the essential linguistic skills which will enable them to become employable within the context of an increasingly globalized world.

 

Every other year, pupils have the opportunity to participate in a trip to Paris. This trip is very successful and has attracted large numbers of pupils over the years.

 french trip 2019

 

The French, Spanish and Irish Departments celebrate Language Week every year. A wide variety of events are organized for each year group. We also invite a range of visiting speakers and a theatre group that performs a French play.

 

 

KS3

All pupils study French, Spanish and Irish in Y8.

In Y9, they must choose 2 languages, which they will keep until the end of Y10.

At Key Stage 3 our aim is to make French fun, rewarding and to develop pupils’ confidence in all four skills: speaking, writing, reading and listening. Our approach is varied, enabling pupils to work as a whole class, in pairs or small groups through active learning tasks.

 french class2

We follow the Studio course which includes an ActiveTeach ”front-of-class” online resource and “ActiveLearn” feature accessible from home.

Year 8 pupils can join a weekly French club led by our French Assistant.

 

 

GCSE

At KS4, pupils are entered for the GCSE examination offered by CCEA. We aim to develop a high level of competence in receptive skills (reading and listening) and productive skills (speaking and writing) with sound grammatical accuracy.

We follow the Expo GCSE Higher course.

Our examination results have consistently been well above the NI average.

 

 

GCSE RESULTS

2017

2018

2019

2020

Total A*-C

100%

95%

96%

100%

Total A*-B

95.8%

59%

72%

83%

 

 

A-Level

At A-Level we use the CCEA Examination Board. Our aim is to develop the basic skills acquired at GCSE and to enhance our pupils’ fluency. We also encourage pupils to reflect on the nature of the world around them. We do this through a study of major themes that include the media, family, leisure, environment, immigration, discrimination and cultural identity.

We use the Elan 1 & Elan 2 courses, which we supplement with relevant videos, podcasts, newspaper extracts etc. Pupils study a film in Y13 and a novel or poetry in Y14.

All A-Level students are required to take one-to-one conversation classes with our French Assistant.

 french class3

We have participated in the Queen’s University French A-Level debate on several occasions, as well as in the Juvenes Translatores translating competition organised by the European Commission.

Our examination results have consistently been well above the NI average. In June 2016, one of our pupils was placed second in Northern Ireland.

 

 

A-LEVEL RESULTS

2017

2018

2019

2020

Total A*-C

100%

100%

100%

100%

Total A*-B

87.5%

100%

100%

100%