Modern Foreign Languages

Languages at Goffs

People who have a skill in a foreign language will be at a great advantage when looking for jobs as many multinational companies in different employment sectors need people who can communicate effectively. Employers tell us that those who have studied a Modern Language to GCSE have skills which they value highly and they therefore look for Language skills when short listing for interview. Some jobs and courses, for example Primary School teaching, require students to have qualifications in Modern Languages.The skills acquired studying a Modern Language to GCSE form a sound basis for the future study of any other language, for business or leisure projects.

Programme of Study

We offer French or Spanish from Year 7 to Year 11 and students may choose to study Italian from Year 9 to Year 11. Students study either one or two languages at GCSE and may choose to continue at A level. Our dedicated teachers and language assistants are creative, outgoing and very supportive.

Our current exam board is AQA for the new GSCE. The main themes at KS3 and KS4 are as follow:

Identity and culture: Family and Friends, Technologies, Free-Time, Customs and Festivals.

Areas of Interest: Home, Social Issues, Global Issues, Travel & Tourism

Studies and Employment: Life at School, Education Post-16

We offer an overview of these at KS3 and we teach in more detail at KS4 following the OUP textbooks for Spanish and French, and Amici for Italian

 

Useful websites to help with home learning:

Home learning is a key part of our students’ progress and there are a number of websites that students can use in order to consolidate their learning at home.

Vocabexpress is the main website our department subscribes to and therefore an important aspect of regular home learning. Students are assigned a list of words to practise the key vocabulary for each topic. They access these using an assigned username and password.

https://www.vocabexpress.com

Other websites that the MFL department use:

QUIZLET https://quizlet.com/ is a great platform to revise any topics with games; just type in a topic in the search bar and off you go!

LINGUASCOPE https://www.linguascope.com/ tailored for KS3 and GCSE, our school has a unique username and password. Students can practise vocabulary for a variety of topics with a series of interactive games and quizzes!

LANGUAGES ONLINE https://www.languagesonline.org.uk/Hotpotatoes/Index.htm

Students can practise key grammar aspects. This is specifically useful for our GCSE students.

French

 

 

 

Italian

Languages at Goffs

Europe is now a single market for goods, labour and services, Britain’s wealth depends on our continued global trading. People who have a skill in a foreign language will be at a great advantage when looking for jobs. Employers tell us that those who have studied a Modern Language to GCSE have skills which they value highly and they therefore look for Language skills when short listing for interview. Some jobs and courses, for example Primary School teaching, require students to have qualifications in Modern Languages.The skills acquired studying a Modern Language to GCSE form a sound basis for the future study of any other language, for business or leisure projects.

Head of MFL - Miss N Andreou nan@goffs.herts.sch.uk

Links / Resources

www.languageguide.org

www.pdictionary.com

Welcome to Vocab Express: Vocab Express is an online vocab learning application for schools and universities which engages students, keeps them actively learning and raises attainment levels.

http://www.vocabexpress.com

Linguascope.com Language Resources Online

http://www.linguascope.com

http://www.languagesonline.org.uk

Spanish

Languages at Goffs

Europe is now a single market for goods, labour and services, Britain’s wealth depends on our continued global trading. People who have a skill in a foreign language will be at a great advantage when looking for jobs. Employers tell us that those who have studied a Modern Language to GCSE have skills which they value highly and they therefore look for Language skills when short listing for interview. Some jobs and courses, for example Primary School teaching, require students to have qualifications in Modern Languages.The skills acquired studying a Modern Language to GCSE form a sound basis for the future study of any other language, for business or leisure projects.

Head of MFL - Miss N Andreou nan@goffs.herts.sch.uk

Links / Resources

www.languageguide.org

www.pdictionary.com

Welcome to Vocab Express: Vocab Express is an online vocab learning application for schools and universities which engages students, keeps them actively learning and raises attainment levels.

http://www.vocabexpress.com

Linguascope.com Language Resources Online

http://www.linguascope.com

http://www.languagesonline.org.uk

Community Languages

At Goffs, there are 34 languages spoken by members of our community. The most spoken languages by our students other than English are Turkish, Greek and Polish and you may know that Polish is the second most spoken language in the UK after English! Many of these students take the GCSE and/or A level qualifications in these languages.
Turkish GCSE and A level students have some regular lessons with an external teacher, to support them with achieving the highest grades in the exams.