Modern Foreign Languages
The languages department teaches Spanish to all Year 7 and 8 pupils. Currently, pupils in Year 9 are studying French or Spanish. In Year 10 and 11 we also have some groups preparing for a GCSE in German.
Year 7 and 8
Currently during Year 7 and 8 all pupils study four hours of Spanish, which enables the majority of pupils to rapidly build on their learning of this language at Primary School. Pupils who have not studied Spanish before arriving at Buile Hill need not worry as they will be given support to help them cover the basics of the language and will soon catch up to the rest of the class.
In Year 7 and 8 the topics range from 'My Family' in year 7 which tests the pupils ability at describing different people, to 'My holidays' in year 8 which exercises pupils ability in using different tenses.
Year 9, 10 and 11 (GCSE course)
At the end of Year 8 pupils can opt to study Spanish at GCSE. All lessons are taught by specialist teachers. All pupils have at least two hours a week and many have three. Our groups are smaller than average and we work with trainee teachers and Spanish-speaking volunteers to give the pupils as much exposure to and practice of the Spanish language as possible. All students follow the Edexcel syllabus and complete a Q&A booklet during Year 10 which helps them to prepare for both the speaking and writing exams. They cover topics such as modern media and film, applying for jobs and holiday plans.
The GCSE courses are all assessed using the following criteria: 25% reading exam, 25% speaking exam, 25% listening exam and 25% writing exam. These exams all take place in April - June of Year 11.
In Years 7 and 8 pupils are set homework fortnightly. This usually includes learning and practising vocabulary which is then tested in lesson time. It also often includes written work to complete in the form of a worksheet or writing exercise.
In Years 9-11 students are set homework weekly. This supports their learning in lessons and ranges from learning new vocabulary to completing past papers. In year 11 students complete an hour a week extended day session, during which they continue their preparation for their GCSE.
The department runs popular trips every year. In the past we have run trips to Barcelona, Spain and the Christmas Markets in Lille, France. In 2018 the department will run a trip to Berlin, Germany, in conjunction with the History department.
An important date in the MFL calendar is European Day of Languages which falls on 26th September each year. On this day, and the week running up to the day, the department holds numerous popular activities throughout the school. From food festivals to mystery voice competitions, the event has grown in stature from year to year.
The MFL department is very proud of the range of languages spoken by pupils in the school. As far as possible we facilitate pupils taking a GCSE in a home or first language and our results are consistently excellent, with the majority of pupils achieving the highest grades. In the past we have helped pupils enter for and complete a GCSE in Portuguese, Polish, Urdu, French, Spanish, German and Italian.
Last edited 21.11.2017 C.Howarth