Welcome to the Modern Foreign Languages Department here at Penwortham Girls’ High School. We pride ourselves here that we prepare all our girls to be excellent linguists with a deep understanding of not just the language but also the culture of that country. Our lessons are interactive and fun and we engage using interactive resources and develop lots of opportunities for curiosity and involvement. Students have access to language magazines, films in French and German and books to help further reading skills and enable students to enjoy the culture and language further. Students also have access to a variety of apps on their iPads to further their language progression both in and outside school.
Year 7 students enjoy two hours per week of German for the whole year. In Year 8 students are given the opportunity to enjoy a second language which is French and therefore study 2 languages through to the end of Year 9 and can then opt for either language or both at GCSE.
We have a vast range of resources for students at KS3 to learn a language and these give students the opportunity to extend their knowledge of the language and to explore and research the cultural aspect of the country. Stimmt and Dynamo online resources for Geman and French and textbooks are used to enhance our learning and pupils are encouraged to download a range of apps to access at home such as Quizlet to supplement our learning in school.
We have a large take up of students at KS4 to study a language. Students three hours per fortnight of their chosen language and we the follow the Edexcel full course. Students are given the opportunity to further their knowledge of the language with five main themes that we cover:
Students can build on their learning at KS3, explore new vocabulary and tenses and involve themselves in interesting and interactive activities.
The assessment at the end of the two year course is as follows:
Paper 1 Listening exam – 25%
1 exam – Foundation tier 35 minutes and Higher tier 45 minutes. Pupils will answer questions in English and French/German.
Paper 2 Speaking exam – 25%
1 exam consisting of a role play, a photo card and a general conversation. Foundation tier will last 7-9 minutes and Higher tier will last 10-12 minutes.
Paper 3 Reading exam – 25%
1 exam – Foundation tier 45 minutes and Higher tier 1 hour. Questions in English, French/German/ and translation from French/German into English.
Paper 4 Writing exam – 25%
1 exam – Foundation tier 1 hour 10 minutes and Higher tier 1 hour 20 minutes. Questions will include writing a short passage, a longer passage and a translation into French/German.
All students will be given a vocabulary booklet and it is advisable to purchase a revision guide and work book from school.
There are many opportunities to further your love of languages in our extra curricular activities such as the weekly German and French film club and various clubs throughout the French and German calendar to celebrate their cultural events such as Oktoberfest, Christmas, Easter, Eid and Karneval. We also run and host the Year 7 National spelling Bee competition with attendance at Cambridge University where we progressed to the National finals. We also celebrate the European Day of Languages during our Language and Literature festival, celebrate the great MFL bake off and in recent years our students have enjoyed trips to both Germany and France. We have a 4 day trip to Berlin for our students to enjoy in the Autumn Term where they can experience the cultural sights of Berlin, visit the Berlin wall and museums, enjoy the cultural sights and take a tour to a German concentration camp to experience the history of Berlin.
The world is a vast place and what could be better than the ability to communicate with other people from other countries in their language and know and understand the culture of that country.
Mrs K Gill
Mrs C Ingram (Maternity Leave) Mr L Briscoe (Maternity Leave Cover)
Mrs S Raine
Mrs M Williams