Languages

Staff List

NameEmailTelephone
Mrs S. Drumms.drumm@stokesleyschool.org01642 710050
Miss L. Brownl.brown@stokesleyschool.org01642 710050
Miss H. Daltryh.daltry@stokesleyschool.org01642 710050
Miss S. Thompsons.thompson@stokesleyschool.org01642 710050
Miss S. Paulins.paulin@stokesleyschool.org01642 710050

Course Content

Students have reading and listening assessments at the end of each module (approximately every half term). Pieces of writing are also assessed at different points throughout the module. Speaking assessments take place within lessons as well as more formally, at the teacher’s discretion. Students are always provided with time and support to prepare for assessments.

Assessment

AQA is our awarding body for all languages at all Key Stages. The following assessment details apply to all three languages currently offered at Stokesley School:

The language GCSE is assessed through both controlled assessments and external exams. While studying a language at GCSE your child will:

  • Produce 2 pieces of writing controlled assessments (of approximately 300 words each) in exam conditions at school. Each piece is worth 15% of his/her GCSE
  • Produce two speaking controlled assessments (lasting 4-6 minutes) in exam conditions. Each piece is also worth 15% of his/her GCSE
  • Sit two exams at the end of the academic year. These comprise of a listening and a reading exam, both of which are worth 20% of his/her GCSE.

The writing and speaking controlled assessments take place throughout the academic year. Your child will have at least 4 weeks’ notice and will be given support within class at the early preparation stages.

Your child will prepare for the exams throughout the year through regular reading and listening practice in class as well as vocabulary learning and homework tasks based on the exam topics.

 

MFL GCSE Listening Reading Speaking Writing
20% (Exam in May/June) 20% (Exam in May/June) 30% (2 pieces of controlled assessment completed throughout the year) 30% (2 pieces of controlled assessment completed throughout the year)

Independent Learning

How parents can help

Parents and carers often feel unsure as to how they can help their child with their language learning at home, just as students sometimes feel less confident with their language work away from the classroom. Please rest assured that you do not need any qualifications in French, German or Spanish to help your child make progress. Nor is it impossible for your child to make progress in MFL independently. Why not try some of the following ways to give them a boost at home?

  • Vocabulary lists and books. Your child will receive a vocabulary list for every module at Key Stage 3, or a book of vocabulary at Key Stage 4. As a department, we regularly set sections of these lists to learn for homework. Little and often really is the best way to revise vocabulary so it’s a good idea to set 10 minutes aside as often as you can to go through these words. Remember, it doesn’t matter if you say things slightly wrong! Set your child mini tests to break down their learning. They’ll thank you when they get full marks in class!
  • Decorate your house…MFL style! If your child is struggling with certain words from their vocabulary list, why not put post-its and posters around the house as a visual reminder. On the fridge, by their bed and in the bathroom are all great places for these helpful notes.
  • Go online! In school we currently set work on websites such as www.quizlet.com in order to help your child retain vocabulary. The site allows students to play games and use different revision tools such as flashcards to revise vocabulary. Quizlet is also a free app. If you don’t have any foreign language dictionaries at home, we recommend www.wordreference.com and www.dict.leo.org as a great way of looking up new words and checking spellings when doing homework. As students get closer to exams, it’s always worthwhile visiting the exam board website (AQA) for past papers, mark schemes, sound files and other useful resources.
  • Revision guides. These are invaluable for students taking a language at GCSE as they contain important vocabulary as well as exam style tasks. We have a variety within the department and are always happy to make recommendations when you are purchasing your revision guide.