The Languages Department aims to develop students' ability to use language effectively for communication, to foster intercultural understanding and awareness and to provide a sound base for further study. We aim to make language-learning fun, relevant and accessible to all through cultural and communicative activities. The currciculum is designed to be as interactive as possible with technology being used in classrooms to engage learners.
Trips are offered to students in Years 9, 10 and 12 in French and Spanish to support the curriculum. News and updates on activities taking place in the department are available from our twitter account: MFLDepartment@JFKHEMEL
In Year 7 half of the year group study French while the other study Spanish. In Years 8 and 9 some students will be given the opportunity to study a second language. At KS4 most students are expected to continue with a foreign language, with some opting to take both languages. At KS5 A Level courses are offered in French and Spanish. Some of our bi-lingual Italian students are also given the opportunity and support to study towards a GCSE or A Level in Italian.
The department is staffed with a balance of native speakers and teachers who can model the learning of the language ab-initio. Additionally we employ a Foreign Language Assistant for each language, giving KS4 and KS5 students the opportunity to learn in smaller groups or on a one-to-one basis. We seek to motivate students to enjoy learning languages and to become life-long language learners.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 begin their language learning with a focus on pronunciation and the importance of languages in the modern world, and a back to basics set of lessons to deepen understanding of topics previously taught while allowing students who are new to the language to learn. The year ends with classes competing in a song to competition to encourage team work and further improve pronunciation in the target language.
In Year 8 some students are offered the chance to study a second language, opening up the possiblity to study two languages at GCSE. Year 7 and 8 have an end of year assessment. Students in Year 9 have the opportunity to beome Language Leaders. After preparing fun and interactive resources students go in to primary schools to deliver the activities they have produced to younger classes.
Key Stage 4
At GCSE, all students follow the AQA course in their chosen language(s). The qualification is linear so students will be tested in all four skills at the end of the two year course. All skills are weighed equally (25% each for listening, reading, speaking and writing). At GCSE the aim of the course is to develop the linguistic skills of comphrehension and expression, both written and spoken. Classes have the opportunity to practice regularly with our Foriegn Language Assistants. Students are offered the opportunity to purchase revision guides and workbooks, which are endorsed by the examination board, to support independent learning.
Key Stage 5
At KS5 students have nine hours contact time a fortnight as well as regular one to one or group sessions with the Language Assistants. The course aims to foster an enthusiasm for language learning, developing an understanding of the language through a variety of contexts and genre and enabling students to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in their chosen language. Every year a good portion of our A Level students choose to continue their language studies at university level. Many of our former students willingly return to JFK to share their experiences and enthuse our language learners. Students studying A Level contribute greatly to the life of the department, attending Open Evenings and KS4 and KS5 evenings, talking to students and parents about language learning at JFK.