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Modern Foreign Languages

Head of Department

Mr O Ouedraogo

Email: oouedraogo @stopsleyhighschool.co.uk

Course Overview

Students study a range of topics which develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in French and also develop their translation skills. Each unit of work plans for progression of the skills.
Students are helped to develop a range of techniques of learning and dictionary skills so that they can build up their own vocabulary as efficiently and as independently as possible.

Key Stage 3

Year 7: Self & family, School, Hobbies & sports, Town, Holidays
Year 8: Free-time, Food, clothes, shopping
Year 9: Media, Internet & mobile phone usage, Jobs & future plans, Health & fitness, Holidays

Key Stage 4

  • Identity and Culture
  • Local area, holiday and travel
  • Future aspirations, study and work
  • School
  • International and global dimension
  • Future aspirations, study and work

Exam Board

Edexcel

Subject Assessment

Students are assessed at the end of the two-year course via exams in Speaking (25%), Listening (25%), Reading & Translation (25%), Writing & Translation (25%).

Progression

Those who study languages are able to move into a number of different sectors due to the transferable skills acquired. One of the more popular careers is teaching, whether this is teaching your chosen language or teaching English as a second language. Another common career path that language graduates will follow is translation and interpretation.
However, these are not the only career options open to those who study languages. Other industries that welcome language graduates are the media, PR, finance, banking, tourism, consulting or working internationally with a charity or as part of a business that trades internationally. The communication skills acquired during a languages degree are highly sought after by many employers and can be applied across many sectors.