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Modern Foreign Languages

The Department is committed to developing our pupils’ linguistic skills along with their confidence, through a well-designed and imaginative programme.

At The Oratory pupils are required to do at least one language, whether Modern or Classical, and may do two or even three. The Modern Languages available are French, Spanish, and Italian as our main options. Other languages are also available upon request including German, Chinese, and Russian.

A language GCSE and a certain competence in a given language are considered by many employers to be a highly attractive skill for future employment.

Languages A Level

By the end of the course, students will be able to express their views on a wide range of current issues, research topics, and develop presentation and essay-writing skills. Pupils will also find they have learnt much more than a language. Ideally, pupils should be good linguists, with a desire to improve their fluency, and a willingness to learn about different cultures and to communicate.

 

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Learning another language will enable you to stand out from the crowd when applying for competitive university courses or job opportunities. By learning a foreign language, you will improve your communication, memory, multi-tasking and problem-solving skills. You will also enhance your knowledge of foreign cultures. These are very marketable skills for your future life and career, especially in combination with other subjects such as Maths and Science.

At The Oratory, pupils are required to study at least one language, whether Modern or Classical, and may do two or even three. The Modern Languages available are French, Spanish, and Italian as our main options. Other languages are also available upon request including Chinese, German, Japanese and Russian.

Mr Mike Naish – Head of Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum

GCSE

Pupils at The Oratory must choose a language GCSE at the end of the Third Form. Success at GCSE in Modern Languages comes with proper preparation; a detailed knowledge of the syllabus content and exam technique; using a wide variety of relevant topic-specific vocabulary and manipulating a range of different tenses. We follow the two-year AQA GCSE course. The course is divided equally in terms of marks between listening, speaking, reading and writing assessments.

A Level

Modern Languages at A Level is a rigorous and highly respected academic subject. As a facilitating subject, it will equip pupils with a range of very useful skills including debating, presentation, listening, research, translation and essay writing skills. Pupils are required to study a range of cultural topics including a literary and film option. They must also conduct research on a cultural topic of their own choice as part of the speaking exam. We follow the AQA A Level course for French and Spanish.

Co-Curricular

Regular lunchtime Language Clinics – to assist pupils who may need extra help in improving their language skills.

Monday
Italian GCSE co-curricular enrichment in T12 (Mr Naish)

Tuesday
GCSE French speaking clinic – Tuesday lunchtime from 1:20 in T14 (Mrs Tuite-Dalton)

Italian GCSE co-curricular enrichment in T12  (Mr Naish)

Wednesday
Japanese club in T12 from 1:20 (Mr Naish)

Drop-in sessions on Wednesday nights for French and Spanish GCSE in St John (Mr Naish)

Thursday
Drop-in sessions on Thursday nights for French and Spanish in Norris (Mr O’Connor)

GCSE French and Spanish intervention – Thursday lunchtimes from 1:20 in T12 (Mr Naish)

Friday
GCSE French and Spanish intervention – Friday lunchtimes from 1:20 in T12 (Mr Naish)

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