Modern Foreign Languages
|CURRICULUM AREA LEADER||JAMES KEEP|
A Modern Foreign Languages classroom at Capital City Academy is an active and engaging learning environment where we encourage pupils to develop their linguistic understanding of either French, German or Spanish, while fostering positive attitudes towards the speakers of the target language and their respective cultures. We aim to demonstrate that language learning is an essential life-long skill which can broaden our outlook on the world and improve prospects for future exploration, study and employment. Pupils progress in their proficiency in the four key skills of language acquisition and use: listening, speaking, reading and writing. This is a process that requires determination, resilience and at its core, an understanding of how language as a whole works; learning a modern foreign language therefore simultaneously aids our pupils in developing their English literacy skills. Through our annual trips to a country where one of the target languages is spoken, all pupils also have the opportunity to put their learning into practice, to experience first-hand the value of language learning.
In the Capital classroom, we provide pupils with the maximum opportunity possible to:
- practise and improve their confidence speaking and writing the target language, to apply what they know in everyday situations;
- become familiar with hearing native speakers of the language they are learning and read authentic texts, including some literary texts;
- develop their vocabulary in the target language so they can discuss a wide variety of topics;
- understand and correctly apply the syntactic, semantic and morphological grammar rules for forming sentences in the target language;
- develop the essential skill of translation from and into the target language;
- draw links between the target language and English or the many other languages spoken by pupils in the classroom;
- start to find historical and linguistic links between families of languages that exist around the world, in order to help their language study;
- enjoy the process of language learning through a wide variety of activity types and a consistent, individualised level of challenge.
Pupils who move on to study a language at A-Level will also develop their skills of literary analysis and have the opportunity to study further artistic, political and historical aspects of the target language cultures.
Please click on the following links for the Curriculum and Assessment Maps for 2020-21.