Modern Foreign Languages

Welcome! Bienvenue! Willkommen! ¡Bienvenidos!

 

We would like to extend a very warm welcome from the Modern Languages Faculty at Queen Elizabeth's School. We are a hard-working and dynamic team, offering a diverse range of languages and backgrounds.

We also have two Foreign Language Assistants, covering French and Spanish. These work individually with our Year 12 and 13 students, and our Key Stage 4 exam classes.

 

Such a broad and specialist Faculty offers nothing but the best in terms of quality of teaching and learning and we are justifiably proud of our language results which are significantly higher than the national average.

The European dimension is brought ever closer through the range of trips and visits offered by members of the Faculty, including a four day cultural visit to Paris, a study visit to Barcelona and Post-16 work experience to Spain.

In today's global economy, companies dealing with international markets are increasingly demanding better language skills of their workforce. Learning a Modern Foreign Language is a skill for life which will enhance both communication skills and employment prospects.

 

Many of the skills taught will help students to gain an insight into other countries and cultures and well as improving their own literacy skills by teaching techniques required to access and understand language.

 

Key Stage 3
Students have the opportunity of studying two languages – whilst continuing with French; they can also opt for Spanish. Students then follow one or two languages from Year 10.

Key Stage 4
The majority of our students continue to study at least one foreign language at GCSE level.
We follow the AQA specification for all three languages. The course aims to develop students’ language skills within a variety of contexts, relating to their own lifestyle and that of other people, including people in countries/communities where the Target Language is spoken. The course builds on Key Stage 3 study and prepares students for further study.

 

Post 16 AS/A2 French and Spanish

The study of languages at A level enables students to research up-to-the minute news and topical items in Europe. Students also have the unique opportunity of experiencing life and the World of work in Europe first hand in a visit to their Target Language country.
During the course students read and listen to authentic foreign language materials and study aspects of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of a country where the language is spoken. Students have opportunities to develop their understanding and awareness of spiritual, moral, ethical, environmental, health and European issues. They extend and develop their knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary of the foreign language and use this to speak, write, read and listen to the language.

 

For further information please contact the Head of Faculty, Mrs Jane Harrison -  jharrison@qe.dorset.sch.uk