The Modern Foreign Languages Department has 2 members of staff.  Mrs Langford is a qualified Advanced Skills Teacher and within this role she has worked across many schools in Sunderland in an advisory capacity working with other teachers helping them to improve their own classroom practice.  Mrs Langford is an excellent classroom practitioner and this is reflected in the consistently excellent results achieved by her students.  This reached a successful peak in Summer 2013.  She teaches both French and German and is also a member of the schools Senior Leadership Team. Mrs Renshaw is a long standing member of the Modern Foreign Languages Department and teaches both French and German.  She is also the teacher in charge of PHSE and student guidance.

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) students are put into classes according to their ability.  All students study French in Year 7 and in Year 8 sets 1 and 2 also study German.  Students are taught a broad range of topics and grammar via a variety of teaching and learning styles.

At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) students choose to study a language to GCSE.  Language results have been very good over the last few years and continue to improve with German being the highest attaining subject on Raise Online.

Key Stage 3

What will I learn in Year 7 and 8?

You will develop your understanding and knowledge of the language you are studying. There will be various themes covered including some of the following;

  • Yourself and others
  • Family and Pets
  • School
  • Hobbies
  • Your town and holidays
  • Food

Within these themes you will consolidate your language skills and use them to speak and write about a variety of issues that are related to your experiences and interests.

How will I learn?

By LISTENING and responding to spoken French/German.

By SPEAKING in French/German.

By READING and understanding authentic texts (stories, letters, articles etc) and use of the internet.

By WRITING in the target language to communicate your ideas and opinions.

By using a dictionary.

What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?
  • AS/A level.
  • University degree (can be combined with other subjects).
  • Many employers reward people with language skills with extra salary because they know they are useful in today’s international business world.
  • Here are other jobs where languages can be important:

Accountant                           Interpreting                           Teaching

Secretary/PA                        Translation                            Soldier

Journalist                              Air Hostess/Steward           Engineer

Marketing Manager            Tourist Guide                        Solicitor Travel

Agent                                      IT technician                         Doctor

Nurse                                      Coach Driver                         Police

Games Designer                   Holiday Rep                          Customs

Key Stage 4

What will I learn in Years 9, 10 and 11?

You will develop your understanding and knowledge of the language gained in KS3 to explore the themes of:

  • Media & Culture
  • General Interest
  • Travel & tourism
  • Business, Work & Employment

Within these themes you will consolidate you language skills and use them to speak and write about a variety of issues that are related to your experiences and interests.

How will I learn?

By LISTENING and responding to spoken French/German.

By SPEAKING in French/German.

By READING and understanding authentic texts (stories, letters, articles etc) and use of the internet.

By WRITING in the target language to communicate your ideas and opinions.

By using a dictionary.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

This subject involves a great deal of commitment with regard to learning chunks of language off by heart for controlled assessments for writing and taking part in lots of speaking activities. You must be prepared to speak in the target language in all lessons and at length for the controlled examination parts.

What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?
  • AS/A level.
  • University degree (can be combined with other subjects).
  • Many employers reward people with language skills with extra salary because they know they are useful in today’s international business world.
  • Here are other jobs where languages can be important:

Accountant                           Interpreting                           Teaching

Secretary/PA                        Translation                            Soldier

Journalist                              Air Hostess/Steward           Engineer

Marketing Manager            Tourist Guide                        Solicitor Travel

Agent                                      IT technician                         Doctor

Nurse                                      Coach Driver                         Police

Games Designer                   Holiday Rep                          Customs