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:

 Listening  Speaking  Reading  Writing

 

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.

 

KS3

Curriculum:

  • 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.

KS4

Curriculum:

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:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing.

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)

Post 16

Curriculum:

  • A-Level Irish students currently follow the CCEA Specification.
  • A-Level Polish students currently follow the AQA Specification.

Additional Activities

Modern Language pupils at “Little Flower” have the opportunity to take part in many additional language learning activities throughout the school year these include:

  • Language Clubs

  • 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.

  • Gaeltacht

ST. PATRICK’S Day Celebrations:

  • Ceili & Concert for Years 8, 9 & 10

 


 

Contact Us

Little Flower Girls' School

71A Somerton Road
Belfast
BT15 4DE

Phone

Tel:

 

Fax:

(028) 9037 0647
(028) 9037 0665
 
(028) 9077 2886