The Modern Foreign Languages Department
The Modern Languages Department consists of 4 specialist teachers. Lessons are taught in 4 well-equipped classrooms in the newest area of the school.
As a Department, our aims are to provide each child with an interesting, challenging and inspiring language experience. We strongly believe that learning languages is an important part of the curriculum and helps develop many transferable and life-long learning skills. It also helps to foster essential values such as open-mindedness, acceptance and tolerance. We are a dedicated, hard-working and approachable Department and we are always available to give help and support when necessary.
The MFL Curriculum
Year 7 pupils learn both French and Spanish in their first year at Hobart and they are set according to ability.
In Year 8, pupils may choose to continue to study either French or Spanish, consolidating and developing language and skills learnt in Year 7. Alternatively some students may choose to start German in Year 8 and will follow a slightly accelerated course. Whichever language they study, pupils will continue with this language until at least the end of Year 9.
Throughout KS3 pupils will study a range of topics and structures following the national curriculum and progress is monitored regularly through classwork, homework and assessments at least once a term.
We offer French, German and Spanish at GCSE and students are strongly recommended continue a language to GCSE. It reinforces life-long independent learning skills and as it forms part of the EBacc, it also improves college applications and employability. Pupils who study a language at GCSE make excellent progress at Hobart and the MFL Department achieves very good results from year to year.
The MFL Department at Hobart offers exciting language and cultural experiences including a trip to Paris and a Berlin, Munich or Rhineland trip. We are very proud of our Department and of the many exciting opportunities of learning it offers.
We recommend the Revise AQA GCSE Revision Guides and Revision Workbooks by Pearson. They are available for all 3 Languages and we usually give students the chance to order them through the school early in Year 10. The books cost about £3 each with a schools discount.
CGP also produce a GCSE AQA revision guide and exam practice book for about £6 each
Memrise – language learning app, free to download. Takes you through lots of vocab.
Quizlet – free app. Lots of study sets available to practise through various activities.
Duolingo – another free app. A bit slow but useful for the basics.
|Mr R Rushton – Head of Modern Languages|
|GCSE Exam Board|
|Students follow AQA Languages courses and are entered for the examinations at either Foundation or Higher level.|
We use the Pearson textbooks Stimmt, Studio and Viva for GCSE.