Students in Year 9 will study one Modern Foreign Language, continued from Year 8. Courses in Year 9 provide a good grounding in the four Attainment Targets at GCSE: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Homework will be set weekly, on the same day every week and is a vital component of language learning. Learning homeworks will also be set to aid the acquisition of vocabulary. The secret with learning a Modern Foreign Language is little and often, therefore regular revision of vocabulary is essential.
Approximately 40 minutes of homework per week.
We recommend the following strategies:
Parents can help by:
Following feedback from students, we have developed a really exciting new programme of study that will span 3 years up to and including the GCSE exam.
Our rationale for this is to provide students with a greater opportunity to use language creatively by trying a variety of media: podcasting, filming, mobile phones, food tasting, group and paired work to mention but a few.
They will be expected to have completed 2 GCSE controlled pieces: 1 speaking, 1 written by the end of Year 9, which we hope will improve their confidence as they move into KS4
There are many excellent websites that will help student's language learning
The use of dictionaries is an important part of National Curriculum work in Modern Foreign Languages.
You may prefer to delay purchasing a dictionary until your child has had an opportunity to discuss this with the class teacher.
We also recommend the purchase of a small notepad that students can use every lesson to record new words they have learnt.
Page updated 12 December 2013