Languages are an integral part of the curriculum at Tomlinscote with all students taking at least one language at GCSE. Students study either French or German from Year 7 through to Year 11 and in years 8 and 9 all students learn Spanish in addition to their first MFL. Keen linguists often choose to take Spanish at GCSE alongside their first MFL. All year 7 students are exposed to both Mandarin Chinese and Japanese over the course of the year, with Japanese and Mandarin Chinese being offered as extra-curricular languages to year 8 students, whose studies of either of these languages over three years culminate in the GCSE examinations.
In the post-Brexit era it is arguably even more important for young people to be able to communicate in a foreign language and this coupled with British businesses’ need for foreign language speakers means that our commitment to language learning at Tomlinscote is more relevant than ever before.
Key Stage 3
KS3 builds on the language skills that students have acquired in primary school. The emphasis is on the four key skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking.
In year 7 all students have the opportunity, during International week in June, to spend a week in either France or Germany.
In year 9 (and again in year 10) students are offered the chance to take part in an exchange visit to France , Germany or Spain (numbers permitting).
Key Stage 4
The schemes of work in KS4 are devised to develop skills acquired in KS3. The MFL department follows the AQA GCSE curriculum, which covers a wide range of topics with an increased emphasis on cultural aspects in life in French -, German- and Hispanic-speaking countries. So as well as learning the language, the students are exposed to cultural, historical & geographical themes. The 9 themes covered are: Me, my family and friends, Technology in everyday life, Free-time activities, Customs and festivals, Home, town and neighbourhood, Social issues, Global issues, Travel and tourism and Education and future employment.
We are very proud to be one of only five PASCH Schools in Great Britain. This partnership with the Goethe Institut means that German learners in all year groups benefit from additional opportunities funded by the Goethe Institut to enhance their German studies. Students have benefitted from football camps and summer camps in Germany, they have visited exhibitions and taken part in events promoting the value of learning German.
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