Modern Foreign Languages are core subjects at Coopers’ which means that every pupil studies a foreign language up to GCSE. French, German and Spanish are taught from Year 7 to Year 13, i.e. complete beginners to near enough fluency at Advanced level.
We have diversified our languages curriculum so that all languages are taught equally and no language is given greater weight than the others. In Year 7 two or three forms study each language. In Year 8 all pupils start a second foreign language with which they continue to the end of Year 9 and we play through the permutations of first and second language combinations. Pupils may choose their first or second language for GCSE or may continue with both languages.
Modern Foreign Languages are mostly taught in our own block, the Prisca Coborn block, with 6 classrooms of which one is a computer room which also serves as a language laboratory. Every classroom has an interactive whiteboard and a projector so ICT can be used whenever needed.
English is currently the international lingua franca but when communicating with people in their own language you gain a different perspective. Modern Languages make any student more marketable, both in terms of higher education and employment. Germany, the biggest country in the EU, is important in terms of culture and its economic strength. German is one of the most asked for languages in surveys among employers.
We follow the Stimmt textbook which is accessible to learners of a range of abilities and promotes a good level of proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The textbook is supplemented with our own materials and web-based tasks and revision activities.
What will you learn about?
First year: Meine Welt und ich, Familie und Tiere, Freizeit, Schule, Ferien
Second year: Ferien, Medien, Gesundheit, Klassenreisen, ‘Wir gehen aus’
Third year: Vorbilder, Musik, ‘Meine Ambitionen’, Kindheit, Rechte und Pflichten
To be successful in this subject students will need to be good at and enjoy:
- Learning about other cultures
- Reflecting on your own learning and adapt strategies
- Communicating in a foreign language
- Spotting patterns and regularities
Progression routes & career opportunities
All Modern Languages on offer combine readily with virtually all subjects available within the sixth form. In the past, language students have pursued a wide and eclectic range of complementary subjects. Suffice it to say, it is extremely rare to find a selection of disciplines that would not be beneficially augmented by knowledge of a foreign language.
- Additional reading and listening
- Vocabulary acquisition
- Grammar revision
- Web-based interactive exercises supporting all 4 skills
Pupils learning German as their first foreign language will be invited to go on a study trip at the end of year 8.