Head of German: Mr O Acs
The Languages department aims to develop the four core skills necessary to language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Through this process, pupils will also learn about the different cultures of the countries. It is hoped that pupils will become confident and effective users of the languages studied.
All pupils learn French in Year 7. Some pupils will go on to study German as well as French in Years 8 and 9 before opting for either or both languages for GCSE. Some pupils will continue to study French only in Years 8 and 9.
At GCSE, examination will be with AQA. Both French and German are also offered at Sixth Form level. We use the AQA specification at A Level.
Department staff are highly qualified and have excellent language skills. Some staff are foreign nationals, giving an international feel to the department.
The department is well- resourced. There are five modern and spacious classrooms for language teaching, situated in the Newton block. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards and one classroom is equipped with computers for the pupils. The latter enables access to IT materials accompanying courses as well as sites to which the department subscribes. The department has a library of resources for use mainly by Sixth Form students. This includes a sizeable collection of foreign language DVDs, CDs and books.
In French, the Studio course is used at Key Stage 3, along with other resources. From Year 10 onwards, the Studio GCSE course is used for preparation for the new GCSE exam specification. For French, unit summaries – giving the defined content for each unit of work – are available to pupils on R drive ‘Languages’. In the German department, Stimmt is the course book used at Key Stage 3 with the new Stimmt course designed for the new AQA specification used in Years 10 and 11. Both departments use the online platform which accompanies the Studio and Stimmt courses for extra materials and online homework. At Sixth form level, materials used originate from a variety of sources for both French and German, with the course being based mainly on the Oxford University Press course designed for the new AQA A level specification. We use the Kerboodle resource as well.
The Department currently runs a joint French and German Year 8 trip to Alsace (staff contact Mrs T.Roberts) and an exchange trip to Bamberg in Year 10/11 (staff contact Mr. O. Acs). We also aim to take pupils to Business Language Champions events in the region whenever possible.