Languages Department Information

Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world. Studying a language leads to endless opportunities whether it is in this country or abroad.

In years 7 and 8 students study Spanish for 2 fifty minute lessons. In years 9 students study the British Airways Language Flag Award (BALFA) for 2 lessons and can receive a certificate at the end of the year. In years 10 and 11 students will study a GCSE Spanish. Students are provided with opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity. Students also have the opportunity to study A level Spanish in years 12 and 13.

We provide students many opportunities to develop their languages skills and intercultural understanding outside of the classroom with an annual educational visit to Barcelona, Spain.

The opportunity to learn a language is exciting and challenging and encourages students to be successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

 

 

Barcelona Trip 2014

Year 7

Students will study the following topics in Spanish and develop their language in the four skills areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Students will be given assessed tasks for the four skill areas during lessons and will have an end of unit test in the four skills at the end of the topic. There will be homework tasks given once a week which will include learning new vocabulary.

Term 1: My new school

Term 2: My Hero

Term 3: A visit to a zoo

 

Year 8

Students will study the following topics in Spanish and develop their language in the four skills areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Students will be given assessed tasks for the four skill areas during lessons and will have an end of unit test in the four skills at the end of the topic. There will be homework tasks given once a week which will include learning new vocabulary.

Term 1: My town

Term 2: Leisure

Term 3: Food and healthy eating

 

Year 9

Students will have a unique opportunity to build upon their knowledge of the Spanish language by completing the British Airways Language Flag Award (BALFA). The Flag Award for Schools is based on the Internal Flag Tests developed for BA employees. Throughout the BALFA Spanish course you will develop your skills in listening and speaking the language and learn to apply language skills in practical situations. The award encourages you to develop the language skills needed to excel in the marketplace thereby improving your employability as well your competitiveness.

The following topic areas are studied and assessed internally: 

  1. My life
  2. Holidays

 

The course is assessed through 4 different modules:

Part 1: General conversation Part 2: Reading The student needs to read an airport announcement in Spanish. Part 3: Role play The student will take the role of the staff member and the teacher will be the customer. Part 4: Listening The student will listen to 5 statements (4 in the Spanish and 1 in English) and will have to report it to the teacher.

If students are successful, they will get BA Flag Award Certificate and a language badge.

 

 

Current Years 10 and 11

Students in years 10 and 11 will continue to develop their language skills and complete the AQA GCSE in Spanish.

Listening and reading skills are developed through the following topic areas: Identity and Culture, Local, National and International and Global areas of interest and Current and Future Study and Employment. Listening, reading and writing skills are tested with an end of year examination. Speaking is tested and recorded in school. Homework will be set regularly in the form of learning vocabulary and tasks from a GCSE workbook to practice reading and writing skills. Students will also have access to “This is Language” on line. Tasks will be set for students on “This is Language” to help develop listening skills.

 

Paper 1: Listening

Paper 2: Speaking

Paper 3: Reading

Paper 4: Writing

Assessment Weighting

Exam

25%

Non-Exam Assessment

25%

Exam

25%

Exam

25%

 

Foundation

Minutes

30 (+5 reading)

7-9 (+12 preparation)

45

60

Marks

40

60

60

50

 

Higher

Minutes

40 (+5 reading)

10-12 (+12 preparation)

60

75

Marks

50

60

60

60

 

 

 

Languages Department staff:

Mrs Nicola Cameron – Head of languages cameron01@johnsmeatonacademy.org

Mrs Joanne Storey – head of Academic studies and Languages teacher

Miss Catriona Falconer – Languages teacher

 


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