Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.
Flora Lewis, American Journalist 1918-2002
Learning a foreign language not only reveals how other societies think and feel, what they have experienced and value, and how they express themselves, it also provides a cultural mirror in which we can more clearly see our own society.
Chancellor Edward Lee Gorsuch, University of Alaska
Why learn a Foreign Language? We teach French in UBHS and our aim is to support and help learners develop their use of the Foreign Language in the classroom and beyond. We are a team of dedicated native speakers willing to instil the love of languages in our learners’ minds and hearts, we thrive in the quality of our teaching and the engaging lessons our learners benefit from.
Our classrooms are equipped with Interactive White Boards and the school subscribes to a number of online educational sites offering hence an inclusive and varied learning environment. In MFL, we make sure learners are happy, safe, engaged and learn new things about the world whilst experimenting with new vocabulary, ideas and activities.
Our year 7 learners are introduced to the basics at the beginning of the year; they learn about numbers, colours, days of the week, months, seasons and move on to a wider Scheme of Work which ties up with the GCSE topics at a later date. In this way, we ensure our learners are gradually prepared for their studies at an advanced level right from the start.
We use Allez 1 and Expo 1 textbooks, both are divided into the following topic areas:
- Personal information and physical appearance
- Family, school and friends
- Local area and Holidays.
Years 8 & 9
Learners benefit from two Schemes of Work tailored to their needs; we have an Expo Rouge for our high achieving students and Expo Vert for those who need more specific input whilst keeping the challenge up.
All KS3 Learners are taught to meet the needs of four skills, Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. They learn through pair work, group work and classwork as well as cross curricular activities. They are tested five times a year and their progress is closely monitored and their educational needs are well provided for.
Our learners take GCSE French and we are proud to see our numbers increasing year on year, our learners are aware of the benefits of having a European Foreign Language GCSE and through our pre-GCSE awareness week in Year 9, a wealth of information is given about the unlimited possibilities which are open to them beyond their GCSE course.
At GCSE level, learners learn from AQA Expo GCSE books about four themes:
- Home and Environment
- Work and Education.
AQA is our chosen exam board and students are entered to one of the following courses depending on their needs and abilities:
- Full GCSE: one Reading and one Listening exam at the end of Year 11, totalling 40% of the total mark as well as preparing two pieces of Writing and two pieces of Speaking weighing 60% of the total mark.
- Short course: one Reading exam at the end of Year 11 weighing 40% of the total mark and two pieces of Writing weighing 60% of the total mark.
Both the Full and Short course equal the award of one Full GCSE grade.
We take a trip to France every year so our learners experience life in a target language country, develop their learning further and widen their horizons. Our learners literally shine and exude so much enthusiasm, happiness whilst abroad and every day on their trip, we see a new part of their personality affirming itself. This helps them gain confidence, perfect life skills, manage money and further their social and interpersonal skills.