The aims of the Modern Language Department are outlined below:
To develop the ability to use French & Irish for purposes of practical communication;
To develop a sound foundation of the language, skills and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure;
To make Modern Language learning an enjoyable, intellectually stimulating and successful experience, and thus encourage positive attitudes to foreign/second language learning;
To develop an awareness, understanding and appreciation of the cultural diversity and civilisation of the country/countries of the target language, and in doing so develop a better understanding of oneself and one’s own country & culture (Citizenship);
To foster sympathetic and positive attitudes to speakers of foreign languages, other cultures and civilisations;
To develop an awareness of the nature of language and language learning in general;
To develop transferable thinking skills & personal capabilities of a more general nature (e.g. managing information, self-management, working with others, analysis, aural discrimination, memorising, drawing of inferences, being creative, & thinking, problem solving & decision making);
To encourage the perception of foreign language learning as a means of improving geographical and occupational mobility (Employability).
Pupils are continually encouraged to develop communication skills in the 4 key areas of language learning:
In meeting the above aims, the teaching of Modern Languages will reflect the aims of the whole school vision and curriculum by:
- promoting the Personal and Social Development of the pupils;
- incorporating key elements, curriculum skills & capabilities, Connected Learning & Cross Curricular Skills, where appropriate;
- contributing to the implementation of whole-school policies, practices & initiatives.
- All pupils currently study French (4 Periods per week) from Year 8 - Year 10;
- ‘A’ Band pupils also study Irish (3 Periods per week) in Year 8 & 9,
- pupils then decide whether they will continue with Irish studies in Year 10.
Pupils in “Little Flower” currently follow the AQA specification in preparation for GCSE French & Polish, and the CCEA specification for GCSE Irish.
Here are some key features of the courses:
There are four units:
Both listening & reading papers can be taken at either Foundation or Higher Level.
Pupils can take any combination of papers.
Topics covered include:
|Self, Family & Friends|
|Interests & Hobbies|
|Holidays & Travel|
|Home Life & Daily Routine|
|Town, Countryside & The Environment|
|Education, Future plans & Careers|
|Shopping & Public Services|
|The Gaeltacht (Irish)|
- A-Level Irish students currently follow the CCEA Specification.
- A-Level Polish students currently follow the AQA Specification.
Modern Language pupils at “Little Flower” have the opportunity to take part in many additional language learning activities throughout the school year these include:
GCSE French Saturday School
Links With Other Schools
Opportunity Europe Fair
European Day Of Languages Competitions / Visits
Membership Of www.linguascope.com – Fun French, Spanish, Italian, German Website With lots of Games & Interactive Activities
Participation in the European Studies Project & Associated events Throughout School Year
Possibility of Trips to France/French Speaking Countries
Participation in Gael Linn Quizzes for Year 10 & 11 Pupils
Theatre: Culturlan & Gael & Gaul in Conflict.
ST. PATRICK’S Day Celebrations:
- Ceili & Concert for Years 8, 9 & 10