Learn language, learn life!
The Modern Foreign languages (MFL) curriculum offers opportunities for students to:
- Develop essentials skills such as confidence in speaking, teamwork and problem solving.
- Learn about the cultures of countries where the language is spoken.
In Year 7 you will learn French. In years 8 and 9 the top four sets do French and German; this gives you an opportunity to decided which language you prefer.
At the end of Year 9 you will be given a good choice of GCSE language courses: French or German, or Spanish from scratch. You can do two languages – or all three!
Languages at Key Stage 3
In years 7 to 9 we emphasis the National Curriculum skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. In French we use the Expo textbook and in German we use stimmt. You will have action packed languages lessons every week – plenty of time to establish your essential learning skills by singing songs, watching DVDs, using the interactive whiteboard and playing our great Splat! game (ask any Netherhall student what it is!).
Languages at GCSE
We follow the OCR GCSE course in French, German and Spanish.
Reading – Texts in the target language and questions in English. (20% of final score)
Listening – Audio texts in the target language and questions in English. (20% of final score)
Speaking – Two four minute speaking tasks for different purposes (e.g. presentation and conversation), assessing students on their communication and the quality of their language. (30% of final score)
Writing – Two 300 word pieces of writing on two of the topics covered in the course, carried out in class. (30% of final score)