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Strangford College, Newtownards

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Our Vision

The Language department of Strangford College enthuses our students to fall in love with languages and to explore the pleasure learning French/Spanish can bring.  We believe that language learning is fun and the ultimate brain workout. We strive to stretch and challenge our students to reach their maximum potential in all of the four core target areas, speaking, listening, reading and writing.

We have high expectations and support and encourage our students to be the best linguists they can be with an in depth knowledge of both the language they are learning and the culture of the country.  Our vision is to see students of Strangford College go forth and find a passion for travelling and use their language skills for both career opportunities and pleasure.

Staff: Mrs K Boomer (Subject Leader); Mrs A Cacharro; Mrs N Dorrian

Key Stage 3

In Year 8 all students study French.  Students will learn basic introductory phrases in French and explore topics such as family, pets, my home and school.  By the end of Year 8, all students will be equipped with the fundamental grammar and sentence structures to be able to manage extended writing tasks and respond to fairly complex bursts of the target language.  There will be a variety of learning tools used in the MFL classroom ranging from IPADS, Triptico ICT tasks and textbook based learning with audio activities.  This is the same for all year groups regardless of level.  All students will be given a personal log in code for the new ALL-IN MFL website and they will explore this new resource and complete tasks online both in school and as part of their homework.

In Year 9 we stretch our students further looking at more advanced grammar and begin to embed more complex language skills and encourage our students to use connectives, opinions and to justify their opinion.  Students learn to manipulate the language to help them translate both from English – French and vice versa.  Two classes also get the opportunity to begin their Spanish studies and study both French and Spanish simultaneously.  The Spanish course moves at a faster pace as those gifted linguists will be able to successfully apply their prior language learning skills.

In Year 10 we lay the base foundations in preparation for the start of the GCSE course for both French and Spanish.  Students explore advanced grammar rules and practice translation skills and extended writing tasks alongside presentation and conversational skills.  There is a large focus on more advanced topics such as the rights of young people and we explore a citizenship based unit through the means of French looking closely at key human rights activists and the religious and cultural customs of France.

Key Stage 4

We offer GCSE French and Spanish to our students and they can choose to do either language, both languages, or none at all.  Building on the Key Stage 3 foundation, students explore advanced French/Spanish language and look at the customs and culture of each country. They develop their skills and confidence and learn to work with complex texts.  There is a large focus on topics such as environmental and social issues and new technology. The four target language areas are all assessed at the end of the two year course and have equal weighting.

Extra- Curricular Visits and Trips

Every year we have an MFL trip abroad. We have been to Normandy, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona and last year we visited Venice and Verona.  We thoroughly enjoy taking our students away and think it is a privilege to encourage them to use their language skills in an authentic setting.  Our school trips are open to all students from years 8-11.  This year we are visiting Valencia with 31 students and 4 staff.

We take part in a Shared Education Programme with Glastry and St Columba’s Portaferry and our Key Stage 3 and 4 students attend an Onatti play delivered entirely in French.  These plays are highly entertaining and in line with the demands of the language learning curriculum.