Coloma Convent Girls' School

Coloma C.G.S.

A Voluntary Aided Catholic School for Girls aged 11-18

Welcome to the Modern Foreign Languages Department

General Aims and Objectives

Our aim is to create confident language learners with language learning skills and insights into language learning. We aim to develop an interest in, and an enthusiasm for, language learning. Additionally, we want our students to be tolerant citizens of a global environment who understand and appreciate ideas of differences and similarities in cultures.

To this end, pupils do not just build vocabulary, but grasp concepts. They develop an understanding of how language works so that they can use it in new contexts to express their own ideas. Pupils are encouraged to be curious, make connections, spot patterns, ask questions and be creative. Knowledge of grammar supports their learning and maximises the range and quality of the language which they can understand and produce.

Progression is carefully planned, moving from passive to active use of the language and from highly structured to more open ended or creative tasks. The approach is communicative; language is used naturally for the purpose of understanding others and expressing oneself. We aim to create a challenging yet supportive learning environment so that each student can achieve her best. By using a variety of stimulating activities, we aim for students to enjoy their lessons. Through the sharing of lesson objectives and the discussion of outcomes, the students are encouraged to become active learners, share responsibility for their progress and gain a real sense of achievement.

The Department is committed to ensuring that all language learners are supported in their learning, and are appropriately stretched and challenged. The Department is committed to the principles of Assessment for Learning, and we encourage our students, as far as possible, to become independent learners.

What will Students Study?

In the Sixth Form, students may take French, German and Spanish for AS and A level.

What Equipment will students need?

KS5 students need a large bilingual dictionary. These are very useful for homework, and it is not necessary for the girls to bring them into school. Textbooks are provided by the school. It is helpful if students have access to a computer at home or in a local library in order to make use of our recommended internet sites for independent learning, as well as the virtual learning platform, Fronter.

Along with ensuring that dedicated and appropriate textbooks are available for our learners, we also offer students additional practice through internet websites such as Kerboodle and Vocabexpress. Students participate in the Vocabexpress National Championship each year.

Educational Visits

We value the importance of visiting the countries where the language is spoken in order to increase cultural understanding, comprehension skills and oral competency. The Department’s commitment to organizing these experiences for students is exceptional, and great care is taken to ensure that the visits undertaken are appropriate to the age of the participating students.

Years 12 and 13

Students are encouraged to take part in a one-week work experience visit to the country, which is greatly beneficial in enhancing language skills. During the February half-term holiday, the Department organises a two-day trip to Paris for Year 13 students, including an exploration of the Montmartre district. We also organise a 5-day trip to Berlin for year 12 students during the summer holiday, a visit which greatly raises students’ awareness of historical and cultural sights. Other enrichment activities such as trips abroad and visits to see foreign films are offered and encouraged as appropriate.

Curriculum Content

Key Stage Five

AS Level French Year 12 - AQA Code: 7651 - Specifications
A2 Level French Year 13 - AQA Codes: 1651 & 2651 - Specifications

Course Content - What will I study?

The course aims to develop the language skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at GCSE to enable students to communicate confidently and effectively in French for a range of purposes. Studying French in the sixth form will enhance students’ employment prospects and prepare them for further study.

Through the study of a variety of relevant and interesting topics, the course will provide a vital insight into the culture and society of France, our nearest European neighbour, and other French-speaking countries. Students will develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for language learning. They will improve their spoken and written expression, analyse factual and fictional texts and communicate their opinions in French. They will find the course both intellectually stimulating and enjoyable.

Further opportunities for language enhancement are offered through magazine subscription, study days, films, on-line resources and individual work experience in France. Many students participate in our visit to Paris during Year 13.

How will my progress be tested and examined?

All language skills are assessed as follows:

AS Examination
  • Unit 1 Listening, Reading, Writing - 70% of AS marks, 35% of A level marks.
  • Unit 2 Speaking - 30% of AS marks, 15% of A level marks.
A2 Examination
  • Unit 3 Listening, Reading, Writing - 35% of A level marks.
  • Unit 4 Speaking - 15% of A level marks.

AS Level German Year 12 - AQA Code: 7661 - Specifications
A2 Level German Year 13 - AQA Codes: 1661 & 2661 - Specifications

Course Content - What will I study?

The course aims to develop the language skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at GCSE to enable students to communicate confidently and effectively in German for a range of purposes. Studying German in the sixth form will enhance students’ employment prospects and prepare them for further study.

Through the study of a variety of relevant and interesting topics, the course will provide a vital insight into the culture and society of Germany, our major trading partner and Europe’s largest economy, and other German-speaking countries. Students will develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for language learning. They will improve their spoken and written expression, analyse factual and fictional texts and communicate their opinions in German. They will find the course both intellectually stimulating and enjoyable.

Further opportunities for language enhancement are offered through magazine subscription, study days, films, on-line resources and individual work experience in Germany. Many students participate in our visit to Berlin at the end of year 12.

How will my progress be tested and examined?

All language skills are assessed as follows:

AS Examination
  • Unit 1 Listening, Reading, Writing - 70% of AS marks, 35% of A level marks.
  • Unit 2 Speaking - 30% of AS marks, 15% of A level marks.
A2 Examination
  • Unit 3 Listening, Reading, Writing - 35% of A level marks.
  • Unit 4 Speaking - 15% of A level marks.

AS Level Spanish Year 12 - AQA Code: 7691 - Specifications
A2 Level Spanish Year 13 - AQA Codes: 1696 & 2696 - Specifications

Course Content - What will I study?

The course aims to develop the language skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at GCSE to enable students to communicate confidently and effectively in Spanish for a range of purposes. Studying Spanish in the sixth form will enhance students’ employment prospects and prepare them for further study.

Through the study of a variety of relevant and interesting topics, the course will provide a vital insight into the culture and society of Spain, and other Spanish-speaking countries. Students will develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for language learning. They will improve their spoken and written expression, analyse factual and fictional texts and communicate their opinions in Spanish. They will find the course both intellectually stimulating and enjoyable.

Further opportunities for language enhancement are offered through magazine subscription, study days, films, on-line resources and individual work experience in Spain.

How will my progress be tested and examined?

All language skills are assessed as follows:

AS Examination
  • Unit 1 Listening, Reading, Writing - 70% of AS marks, 35% of A level marks.
  • Unit 2 Speaking - 30% of AS marks, 15% of A level marks.
A2 Examination
  • Unit 3 Listening, Reading, Writing - 35% of A level marks.
  • Unit 4 Speaking - 15% of A level marks.

Progression - How will the study of Modern Foreign Languages benefit students’ future education and career?

The ability to use one or more foreign languages for practical communication is a great asset in many careers and a real advantage in the job market.