Welcome to Languages

The Modern Languages Team:

Harriet Edge       Head of Languages
Emily Thompson Teacher of Languages
Sara Wildes Teacher of Languages
Sarah Harris Teacher of Languages
Matthew Weightman               Teacher of Languages
Kelly Glendinning Teacher of Languages

 

Welcome to the Modern Foreign Languages department.  We are a strong and vibrant department, with a passion for children to succeed in  and enjoy a language. Pupils enjoy the fast-paced lessons in languages and learn to understand the importance of learning languages.  In the Barnsley MFL department, we are able to teach French, German, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Italian and beginners basic Mandarin Chinese.  During curriculum time we currently offer French and Spanish in KS3 (Y7-9) and French, Spanish and German in KS4 (Y10-11).  Outside of the curriculum, we offer enrichment to KS3 every Wednesday P.6.  During this hour, Mr Weightman teaches Polish to a small group of pupils.  If a pupil would like to learn another language during P.6, they can approach Mrs Edge (Head of MFL) who will be happy to help organise this with them.  On Tuesdays after school, we offer intervention for current Y11s, but Y10s would be welcome to attend with parental consent. 

For all years, we have a focus on not only the grammar and vocabulary of the language, but also the culture, where we look at literature, clips, music and celebrations from countries where a particular language is spoken.  The curriculum falls in to five themes, which are outlined below.

At GCSE we use Edexcel and the exams are broken down in to four different parts.  The reading, listening and writing exams are all done in the hall under exam conditions in May/June, whereas the speaking exam is conducted under exam conditions with their class teacher in April/May.

Theme: Identity and culture

Theme: Local area, holiday and travel

Theme: School

Theme: Future aspirations, study and work

Theme: International and global dimension

 

Top website / apps to help learn Languages

  • Duo Linguo – this is an app you can download on to your phone.
  • Linguascope – An online website full of games to help you embed vocabulary.  (user name = Barnsley, password = bluebird)
  • BBC.co.uk/languages – bits of information and vocabulary to boost your knowledge.
  • BBC bitesize – bits of grammar explanations and mini tests.
  • FluentU – lots of exciting videos to help you learn.
  • Babbel – another interactive website.
  • You can also like different pages on Facebook that will post things to your newsfeed – for example in French – Améliorer votre français avec Lola, J’aime le français and in German – ich liebe Deutsch.

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