Modern Foreign Languages is a large and diverse department offering French, Spanish, German and Italian.
International politics, business and tourism all mean that in today’s world, languages are essential and we are excited to be able to offer languages to students of all abilities from NVQ Business French, to A-levels in French, German and Spanish. Italian GCSE is offered as an extra-curricular activity in the L6th. All pupils study French from 3rd to 5th Form, with either Spanish or German in the 3rd Form, and the option of continuing their second foreign language at GCSE.
In the 3rd Form, pupils commence the French GCSE course or NVQ depending on ability, with topics ranging from healthy eating to new technology. Spanish and German are normally taught ab initio and students enjoy learning how to give personal information in new contexts. Giving languages an authentic context is very important to us at King’s and that is why we encourage the use of authentic materials in class as well as offering a diverse range of trips, which in recent years, have included Lyon, Nice, the Dordogne, Salamanca and Munich. Extra-curricular activities such as Foreign Language Film Club, European Day of Languages and Academic Booster sessions, further support pupils’ language learning.
All three subjects cover the CIE IGCSE syllabus.
The course encourages:
Topics covered include:
The exam is split into four areas: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking with each being worth 25% of the final grade.
From 2016, the new A-level syllabus (with AS option) contains greater emphasis on cultural elements through literature and film, while maintaining its academic diversity. The Edexcel course will include the following topics: (French is specified but Spanish and German are the same syllabus)
Paper 1 (40%) Listening, Reading, Writing
Paper 2 (30%) Writing
Paper 3 (30%) Speaking