Modern Foreign Languages

Key Stage 3 – Modern Foreign Languages

In the Modern Foreign Languages Department we have 4 teachers: Mrs Rodríguez-García (Subject Leader), Mrs Vallom, Mr Rosiello and Miss Phillips.

In year 7 students study French, German and Spanish, they do one language per term of 3 lessons a week. At the end of year 7 students can choose which of the 3 languages they would like to study for the whole of year 8. At the end of year 8 students are able to choose their option subjects and they can choose to continue with French or Spanish, they can choose to continue with either both languages or neither language.

Outside of the classroom, all year 7 students will be given the opportunity of going to Ypres in France for 3 days and all year 8 students are offered the opportunity of taking part in our overseas trip to Barcelona where students can put into practice the language skills they have acquired in lessons. We fly to Barcelona from Gatwick and we stay in a hotel just outside of Barcelona and we undertake various activities which include visiting the Nou Camp, Barcelona’s famous football stadium; a visit to the Salvador Dalí museum in Figueras and a day at Waterworld.

Homework tasks are varied and is set once a week, we subscribe to Linguascope, an on-line language learning website to support work in lessons, and students are able to use this at home also.

‘Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry or savour their songs’. Nelson Mandela

Key Stage 4 – Modern Foreign Languages

Subject Exam Board Syllabus Listening & Reading Speaking & Writing
GCSE French AQA 8658 25% 25%
GCSE Spanish AQA 8698 25% 25%

Is this the right subject for me?

Languages are really important in the world we live in and give you great skills for the rest of your life. The Internet has brought everyone much closer together, so communicating with people of different languages from all over the world has never been easier. Imagine all the other people you could meet and the amazing places you could travel to or work in and all because you can speak the language. So log onto the world’s real social network and learn a language at GCSE!

What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?

In September 2020 Chatsmore will offer GCSEs in French and Spanish as a three year course. Both GCSE French and Spanish build on students’ learning throughout years 7 and 8. They continue the pattern you are used to of weekly homeworks as ‘little and often’ is the key to learning a language well, although you will need to spend 45 minutes per week in Years 10 and 11.

What will I learn?

Language qualifications are assessed in four ways: reading, writing, listening and speaking – these are all important skills to have when you apply for college, university and future employment. (AQA: GCSE French and Spanish).

A wide range of topics are covered in the GCSE courses, so as well as learning a language you also find out about the culture and lifestyle of France or Spain. Your course will prepare you for many of the everyday uses of speaking a foreign language (eg talking about food at a restaurant; making travel arrangements; watching films and writing reviews).

How will I be assessed?

Reading, Listening and Writing

The reading, listening and writing examinations take place at the end of the three years and are each worth 25% of the final grade.

The speaking exam is completed in April – May of year 11 and is worth 25% of the GCSE.

What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

• English is not enough! Not everyone speaks or wants to speak English.
• A language will always be useful no matter what you do.
• Languages mean Business-being able to speak a language will make you really stand out.
• You can understand and talk to lots more people when you go abroad
• Using a language at work could raise your salary from 8 – 20%
• Careers include: translator; tour operator; law; business; teaching; media; journalism; police; cruise lines; international law; interpreting; MI5; airline cabin crew; armed forces

For more information, please consult:

If you want to find out more about this GCSE French or Spanish course then you can visit the AQA website at You could also talk to Mrs Rodriguez-Garcia or email and she will be able to describe the course in detail and advise you of what you need to do next when it comes to your options.

If you want to find out more on what this subject can enable you to do, don’t forget Mr Dean is available for career advice.