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Nottingham Girls' Academy

Languages (MFL)

Mrs N Webb - Head of Faculty

Mr T Carey - Second in Faculty

Miss S Jones

Miss N Moreno

The Modern Languages Faculty has a shared vision that reflects the excitement of communicating with people from other cultures. Through language learning pupils can discover other countries, meet a wide range of people, develop self confidence, learn lifelong skills and have better job opportunities in the future!

The Faculty has a full complement of highly qualified staff who teach Spanish across the ability and age range from 11-18 up to A2 Level. The faculty is supported each year by university language students through the student associate scheme.

Our aim as the Modern Languages department is:

  • to provide successful and enjoyable learning experiences which encourage learners to continue their study of one or more Modern Foreign Languages.
  • to increase social competence by promoting an awareness of and sensitivity to, differences in social customs and behaviour.

 “You live a new life for every new language you speak.  If you know only one language, you live only once.”

Czech proverb

 Why learn languages?

  • To develop the ability to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication.
  • To form a sound base of skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure.
  • To offer insights into culture and civilisation of the countries where the language is spoken.
  • To develop an awareness of the nature of the language and language learning.
  • To provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation.
  • To encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations.
  • To promote learning skills of more general application (e.g. analysis, memorising, drawing of inferences etc).
  • To develop pupilsunderstanding of themselves and their culture.
  • To develop the skills, knowledge and understanding which pupils are expected to acquire in learning a MFL from age 11 to 16 (or 18 if the case may be).

KEY STAGE 3

Pupils in the foundation study Spanish in years 7 8 and 9. There is one group from the higher band who also study French in year 8.  The main course books used are Studio for French and Mira for Spanish. Pupils are encouraged to buy a small dictionary or download the word reference app for their phone.  End of unit assessments take place on a half termly basis and these assist with the target setting process and planning of future work. 

KEY STAGE 4

These are core and option groups in years 10 and 11. Pupils are encouraged to study one language  to GCSE level and  where possible, two languages.  They work towards the AQA qualification which assesses pupils in the four skill areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing. The course provides pupils with:

  • A deeper understanding of French or Spanish in a variety of contexts
  • A more extensive knowledge of French or Spanish vocabulary and structures
  • Transferable language learning skills
  • The ability to communicate effectively in the foreign language
  • An awareness and understanding of countries where French and Spanish is spoken.

The importance of good qualifications in foreign languages in the jobs market is emphasised and school encourages a high uptake of language at KS4 to support the EBAC. Regular assessments continue in Years 10 and 11 and the department is delighted with its improving GCSE results.

KEY STAGE 5

Students work towards a two year A2 qualification with the AQA exam board. There are 4 modules over the two years and the skills assessed are the same as at GCSE. We currently offer  A2 in Spanish only. Throughout the course students will become proficient in Spanish and, work effectively in groups and develop independent learning skills. They will also develop their analytical, communication and listening skills. They cover a variety of current and cultural topics topics. They do in depth study of a book or film

Students work towards a two year A2 qualification with the AQA exam board. We currently offer A2 in Spanish only. Throughout the two years students will study various sub-topics within four main topic areas all relating to the Spanish-speaking world: aspects of Hispanic society; multiculturalism in Hispanic society; artistic culture in the Hispanic world and aspects of political life in the Hispanic world. Hispanic literature and film also form part of the course and students will study a Hispanic novel and film. The advanced study of grammar will form an integral part of the course which will aid the students in acquiring new skills in the areas of translation; interpretation and summarization. Producing formal essays, participating in debates and conducting independent research are all other requirements of the course which will help the students further add to the skills required of them in both higher education and the labour market.

Community Languages at Nottingham Girls’ Academy

At Nottingham Girls’ Academy we are lucky to have so many students from different countries throughout the world. Currently there are more than 30 languages spoken by the students in this school. If a student can speak, listen, read and write in their home language, she could take a GCSE or A level examination in that language as early as year 7.

A GCSE grade A* to C in one of the Community Languages listed is included in the EBAC qualification. Students for whom this is appropriate will be encouraged and supported to achieve a GCSE qualification.

Students are encouraged to take a GCSE in any of the community languages at Nottingham Girls’ Academy if they are eligible.

Students  who are currently attending a community school and preparing for a GCSE in any of the above languages.

OR

Students who are able to fully understand, speak, read and write fluently in their community   language.

Community Language Exams

The community Language exams are comprised of 4 components:  

  • Listening
  • Speaking (The academy will arrange for a qualified speaking examiner to conduct this part of the exam)   
  • Reading
  • Writing  

We will run a support lessons for students who are taking a GCSE in a home language. These lessons cover all aspects of preparation for the GCSE examination (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Students will be provided with past exam papers to revise with.

We can examine the following languages at GCSE and A level:

GCSE:

  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Italian
  • Urdu
  • Bengali
  • Portuguese
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Punjabi
  • Arabic
  • Turkish
  • Dutch
  • Gujarati
  • Greek
  • Persian
  • Modern Greek
  • Russian
  • Welsh
  • Japanese

A Level:

  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Urdu
  • Dutch
  • Gujarati
  • Portuguese
  • Persian
  • Turkish
  • Polish
  • Bengali
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Punjabi