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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 Form. 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.

IGCSE Curriculum

All three subjects cover the CIE IGCSE syllabus.

The course encourages:

  • The ability to use a foreign language as a means of practical communication
  • Insight into the culture and civilisation of countries where the language is spoken
  • A positive attitude towards language learning, towards the speakers of other languages, and towards other cultures and civilisations
  • Techniques which can be applied to other areas of learning, such as analysis and memory skills
  • A sound foundation for progression to employment or further study

Topics covered include:

  • Everyday Activities (school, home life, health)
  • Personal and Social Life (family, pets, home, holidays)
  • The World Around Us (shopping, the environment, meeting people)
  • The World of Work (further education and employment)
  • The International World (travelling/living/working abroad)

The exam is split into four areas: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking with each being worth 25% of the final grade.

IGCSE Specification

A-Level Curriculum

The new A-level syllabus contains greater emphasis on cultural elements through literature and film, while maintaining its academic diversity. The Edexcel course includes the following topics: (French is specified but Spanish and German are the same syllabus)

Paper 1 (40%) Listening, Reading, Writing

  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends e.g. changing nature of family, “cyber-society”
  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues e.g. how criminals are treated, ethnic minorities
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world e.g. contemporary francophone music
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world e.g. young people and the right to vote
  • Grammar

Paper 2 (30%) Writing

  • One text and one film or two texts
  • Grammar

Paper 3 (30%) Speaking

  • Individual research project (on theme of their choice)
  • One of four sub-themes i.e. Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends, Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues, Artistic culture in the French-speaking world, Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world.

A-Level Specifications




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