Modern Foreign Languages Department

Ethos
St Mary’s College has an inclusive approach to language teaching; all pupils study a language in Key Stage 3 and in Key Stage 4 almost all do a GCSE in at least one language.  Through learning a language children are introduced to another culture and learn to respect other ways of life.  This celebration of diversity fosters tolerance and openness and therefore plays an important role in the Catholic ethos of the school and the wider education of the child.

Skills
Acquisition of another language develops many skills and qualities within the learner.  Communication skills are advanced, students have a better understanding of grammar, can identify different types of words such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions etc. leading to greater articulateness and accuracy both in the foreign language and their mother tongue.  The subject presents a lot of challenges such as how to learn and apply new rules, assimilation of new sounds and phonics as well as developing the perseverance and determination to overcome language barriers in order to experience success.

Year 8 Options
In Year 8 the students will have an opportunity to take a second language, alongside the one they started in Year 7.  They will continue both to GCSE level.  For their option they can choose the other language being studied in their year group.  For instance, if they are currently studying French in a French / German year group then they can take German for their option and vice versa.

Staffing

Mrs A Scott

Head of Department, French and Spanish teacher

Mrs L Drewery

French and Spanish teacher, Second in MFL

Mrs L Burnett

French, German and Spanish teacher

Mr G Lowe

French and German teacher

Mrs R Marshall

French and German teacher

Mrs L Williams

French and Spanish teacher, Head of Year 9

Miss J Ashworth

French, German and Spanish teacher

Mrs A Wilbor

French and Spanish teacher, Head ofYear 7 & Transition.

Mrs I Smedley

Teacher’s Aid for MFL

Key dates 2018-2019

Exam dates

Date

AM/ PM

Language

Level

Paper

15thApril

/

French & German

GCSE

Speaking exam window opens

23rdApril

/

French & German

A level

Speaking exam window opens

14thMay

AM

French

GCSE

Papers 1 & 3

17thMay

/

French & German

GCSE

Speaking exam window closes

17thMay

AM

French

GCSE

Paper 4

24thMay

/

French & German

A level

Speaking exam window closes

5thJune

AM

German

A level

Paper 1

10thJune

AM

German

A level

Paper 2

13thJune

AM

German

GCSE

Papers 1 & 3

13thJune

PM

French

A level

Paper 1

17thJune

AM

German

GCSE

Paper 4

17thJune

AM

French

A level

Paper 2

Trips and extra curricular

Event

Dates

Berlin trip

12th-17thFebruary 2019

Paris trip

5th-8thApril 2019

French students’ visit to SMC

29thApril & 3rdMay 2019

Revise at home

Use the excellent website www.memrise.com create an account and then search SMC to find a course that we have especially created for St Mary’s College students.  
There is a course for everyone and every language!