Sunday 24 September 2017
Year 7 'Meet the Form Tutors' Tuesday 19th September 4.00-5.30pm...Excellent GCSE Results 2017 = 97% A*- C... 74% of all exams taken were A**, A*, A or B - See NEWS section... OPEN DAY Saturday 14th October...
Year 7 'Meet the Form Tutors' Tuesday 19th September 4.00-5.30pm...Excellent GCSE Results 2017 = 97% A*- C... 74% of all exams taken were A**, A*, A or B - See NEWS section... OPEN DAY Saturday 14th October...

Modern Foreign Languages

Learning a foreign language develops important life skills enabling us to adapt and cope with changes and to deal with unfamiliar and new situations. At Westbourne we are passionate about languages and while practising all four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - we believe that the real purpose of learning any modern foreign language is to communicate! Our students have the opportunity to attend French and Spanish support classes at lunchtime and a French film club runs in the summer term. We also run a trip to the Cantabria region of Spain, enjoy visits to the Showroom Cinema to see films and take our pupils to French and Spanish cafés to visit and sample typical national delicacies. We also have important links with French and Spanish schools and we have visited and corresponded with students of a similar ages in both countries.

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Modern Foreign Language trip to Cantabria 2016

Modern Foreign Languages at GCSE


Core content

Students study all of the following themes; the assessments are based on these.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Pupil are timetabled for three lessons a week and are taught in very small groups allowing all pupils to get involved in speaking activities and ensuring all pupils are closely monitored and given appropriate work.

Assessment

GCSE Spanish has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier.  In determining the final grade, 25% of marks are awarded for each of all 4 skills; Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.  They are assessed in 4 final exams at the end of Year 11 as outlined below.  The speaking exams will be conducted by their teacher, not an external examiner.

The Listening exam accounts for 25% of the total mark and lasts 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier).

  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally.
  • Section B – questions in Target Language, to be answered in TL or non-verbally. 

The Speaking exam will be conducted in school by their teacher under exam conditions.  It consists of:

  • Role-play – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at Higher Tier)
  • Photo card – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)
  • General conversation – 30 marks (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier)

The Reading exam is again worth 25% of the marks and consists of:

  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
  • Section B – questions in TL, to be answered in TLor non-verbally
  • Section C – translation from TL into English (a minimum of 35 words at Foundation Tier and 50 words at Higher Tier.
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The Writing exam accounts for the final 25% of marks and consists of 

  • a message and short passage (Foundation Tier only)
  • a structured writing task
  • an open-ended writing task (Higher Tier only)
  • an English - TL translation