Languages

The Modern Foreign Languages Department aims to teach young people to learn a foreign language by opening doors to other cultures.

A high quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world

As a department, the teaching we do should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.

It is also very important to provide opportunities for young people to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read in the original language.

At Gosforth Central Middle School we aim, in conjunction with the National Curriculum, to ensure that all pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity and continually improve the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using a variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.

By the end of each Key Stage 2 and 3, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the programme of study.

KEY STAGE 2

Listening

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words

Speaking

  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences

Reading

  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary

Writing

  • write phrases from memory and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing

Grammar

  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, such as (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.

KS3

Listening

  • listen to a variety of forms of spoken language to obtain information and respond appropriately
  • transcribe words and short sentences that they hear with increasing accuracy

Speaking

  • initiate and develop conversations, coping with unfamiliar language and unexpected responses, making use of important social conventions such as formal modes of address
  • express and develop ideas clearly and with increasing accuracy, both orally and in writing
  • speak coherently and confidently, with increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation

Reading

  • read and show comprehension of original and adapted materials from a range of different sources, understanding the purpose, important ideas and details and provide an accurate English translation of short, suitable material
  • read literary texts in the language, such as stories, songs, poems and letters, to stimulate ideas, develop creative expression and expand understanding of the language and culture

Writing

  • write prose using an increasingly wide range of grammar and vocabulary, write creatively to express their own ideas and opinions, and translate short written text accurately into the foreign language

Grammar

  • identify and use tenses or other structures which convey the present, past and future as appropriate to the language being studied
  • use and manipulate a variety of key grammatical structures and patterns, including voices and moods, as appropriate
  • develop and use a wide-ranging and deepening vocabulary that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, allowing them to give and justify opinions and take part in discussion about wider issues
  • use accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation