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Languages

"Pupils learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. "
"Pupils learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. "

Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work. Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment.

Pupils learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. By making comparisons, they gain insight into their own culture and society. The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure throughout the world.

Learning languages gives pupils opportunities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity. They explore the similarities and differences between other languages and English and learn how language can be manipulated and applied in different ways. The development of communication skills together with understanding of the structure of language, lay the foundations for future study of other languages and support the development of literacy skills in a pupil’s own language. 

Language classes are set by ability and are taught from Year 7 to 9 with careful differentiation within each year group. This ensures that students work at a level which provides both a feeling of success and sufficient challenge. In lessons, a wide range of teaching methodologies and interactive resources are employed, thus promoting an engaging learning environment for our students. 

A great emphasis is placed on the use of authentic language in the classroom, whilst developing students’ fluency and confidence. Initially students will be able to deal with short examples of familiar language progressing to understanding longer material in more depth. Finally students will develop the skills to understand and use unfamiliar language in a range of unfamiliar contexts.

At Kellett Senior, all students study a second foreign language as beginners starting in Year 8, choosing from French, Mandarin, German, Spanish and Latin. This pathway enables all students to study two foreign languages at GCSE, should they so choose. Mandarin provision also benefits from an Advanced 2nd Language Stream, which seeks to accelerate our most able linguists to GCSE in Year 9 and IGCSE (First or Second Language depending upon ability) in Year 11.

For students who speak a language other than English to native-speaker standard, Kellett may be able to support their linguistic development through the Home Languages Programme. This offers students the opportunity to secure an additional IGSCE qualification from CIE (where available). 

  • YEAR 7 TO 9 - Languages
    • Subject Code: 7Fr / 7Mn / 8Fr / 8Mn / 8Sp / 8Ln / 8Ge / 9Fr / 9Mn / 9Sp / 9Ln / 9Ge
    • Hours per week: 3 (Year 7); 4 (Year 8 & 9)

    Course Description:

    Language classes are set by ability and are taught from Year 7 to 9 with careful differentiation within each year group ensuring that pupils work at a level which provides both a feeling of success and sufficient challenge. In lessons, we employ a variety of teaching methods ranging from Interactive White Board activities, videos and audio tracks, songs, games and role play as well as websites designed for language learning.

    The optimal use of target language is deployed in French, Spanish, German and Mandarin lessons. The four linguistic skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) are developed by students working towards targets in these skill areas via a variety of topics areas.

    The communicative approach to languages and task based activities are used in the classroom with emphasis being placed on the use of authentic language and on asking students to do meaningful tasks using the target language in order to develop language fluency and student confidence. Initially students will be able to deal with short examples of familiar language progressing to understanding longer material in more depth. Finally students will develop the skills to understand and use unfamiliar language in a range of unfamiliar contexts.

  • Year 7 to 9 - Mandarin

    Course Description

    Students are supported in their progress through the English National Curriculum in preparation for GCSE using various linguistic and cultural resources most suited to their needs, including textbooks such as Chinese Made Easy, Easy Steps to Chinese and Jinbu, and Chinese Language for Secondary Schools. In each year group there is an Advanced 2nd Language Stream for our most able Mandarin linguists. This stream seeks to accelerate students to CIE IGCSE in Year 9, and CIE IGCSE (First or Second Language depending upon ability) in Year 11. The vast majority of students in the Advanced Mandarin Stream are either heritage speakers of Mandarin/Cantonese or have spent a considerable period of time living in a Chinese-speaking country. Students are taught exclusively in simplified characters. 


    Year 7 Unit Titles

    • Foundation skills - pinyin and radicals
    • Personal information and family
    • Daily routine
    • Leisure and hobbies

    Year 8 Unit Titles

    • Fashion and dining out
    • Travel
    • Home life

    Year 9 Unit Titles

    • Local area
    • School and education
    • Career and future plans

    Assessment

    Students regularly sit a test in order to evaluate their knowledge and the progress made in the four language skills (approximately every 8 weeks). These assessments enable learners to recognise achievement and highlight areas for development before moving on to a new topic area and more advanced grammatical structures.

  • Year 7 to 9 - French

    Course Description

    We advocate no single textbook within the French Department, preferring to mix our teaching approach from a range of published materials (Studio, Encore Tricolore) and teacher-made resources. We cover the content and Programme of Study of the English National Curriculum and the Year 9 course in particular prepares students well for GCSE French. Throughout the three-year course, students gain particular enjoyment from the intercultural links that are made with the Francophone world.


    Year 7 Unit Titles

    • All about me
    • School
    • Leisure and free time
    • Where I live
    • Future holidays

    Year 8 Unit Titles

    • Past holidays
    • Media
    • My identity
    • Problems at school

    Year 9 Unit Titles

    • Social life
    • Health
    • Career and future plans
    • Dream holidays
    • Me and the world

    Assessment

    Students regularly sit a test in order to evaluate their knowledge and the progress made in the four language skills (approximately every 8 weeks). These assessments enable learners to recognise achievement and highlight areas for development before moving on to a new topic area and more advanced grammatical structures.

  • Year 7 to 9 - Latin

    Course Description

    Students follow the Cambridge Latin Course, which is used by 85% of UK schools that teach Latin. The course intertwines stories and exercises in Latin with analysis of Roman history, which adds context and interest for students. The Cambridge Latin Course is designed to take those students who opt for Latin all the way to GCSE.


    Year 7 Unit Titles

    N/A

    Year 8 Unit Titles

    Book I is set in Pompeii and covers:
    The Roman family; Roman houses; Business; At the forum; Theatre; Slaves; Food; Gladiators; The Baths; School; Politics; The explosion of Mount Vesuvius

    Year 9 Unit Titles

    Book II is set in Britain and Egypt and covers: Life in Ancient Britain; King Cogidubnus; His palace at Fishbourne; Alexandria; Glassmaking; The worship of Isis; Medicine and science

    Assessment

    At the end of each group of units, students sit a test in order to evaluate their knowledge and the progress made in Latin language. These assessments enable learners to recognise achievement and highlight areas for development before moving on to a new topic area and more advanced grammatical structures.

  • Year 7 to 9 - Advanced Mandarin

    Course Description

    Students in the Advanced Mandarin Stream are supported in their progress through the English National Curriculum using various linguistic and cultural resources suited to their needs, including textbooks such as Chinese Made Easy, Easy Steps to Chinese, Jinbu, and Chinese Language for Secondary Schools. In each year group there is an Advanced 2nd Language Stream for our most able Mandarin linguists. This stream seeks to accelerate students to CIE IGCSE in Year 9, and CIE IGCSE (First or Second Language depending upon ability) in Year 11. The vast majority of students in the Advanced Mandarin Stream are either heritage speakers of Mandarin/Cantonese or have spent a considerable period of time living in a Chinese-speaking country. Students are taught exclusively in simplified characters. However, they may choose to sit their public examinations in traditional characters should they wish.


    Year 7 Unit Titles

    • Family relationship
    • Geographical surrounding
    • Peer relationship
    • Chinese cultural stories

    Year 8 Unit Titles

    • Education and career
    • Communication
    • Environment
    • Chinese folk stories

    Year 9 Unit Titles

    • Home life and school
    • Food and health
    • Environmental issues
    • Chinese festivals

    Assessment

    At the end of each unit, students sit a test in order to evaluate their knowledge and the progress made in the four language skills. These assessments enable learners to recognise achievement and highlight areas for development before moving on to a new topic area and more advanced grammatical structures.

    IGCSE Mandarin (0547) Foreign Language – Year 9


    Course Content

    The Cambridge Chinese IGCSE Mandarin course include the following themes

    • Everyday activities

    • The world of work

    • Personal and social life

    • The international world

    • The world around us

     


     Teaching material includes the Chinese for Secondary Schools textbooks published by Ji’nan University press and A+Chinese published by Beijing Language and Culture University  press which focuses on four skills:

    • Listening - to practise understanding the target language in a variety of different situations.
    • Speaking - to practise communicating with speakers of the foreign language, both at home and abroad.
    • Reading - to practise understanding a wide range of texts in the target language, such as magazine articles and information found on the internet.
    • ·Writing - to practise producing your own texts, clearly and accurately.

    Final Assessment 

    25% for the Listening paper 1, 25% for the Reading paper 2, 25% for the Speaking paper 3 and the 25% for the Writing paper 4

    • Three papers, a Listening (Paper 1), Reading (Paper 2), Writing (Paper 4) taken at the end of the course are set and marked by CIE. 
    • One Speaking (Paper 3) assessment, 1 recorded exam with your subject teacher  - 15 minutes. The Speaking assessment is marked by the teacher and moderated by Cambridge.

    Year 10 Unit Titles

    • Argumentative language: Technology and communication
    • Narration: Family relationship
    • Speech: Stories from history
    • Explanatory language: Describe a situation
    • Chinese classic poems

    Year 11 Unit Titles

    • Persuasive language: Problems of the developing word
    • Narration: Characters in novels
    • Descriptive language: Description of scenes emotion expression
    • Book reports

    Assessment (0523)

    Students will take an internal test at the end of each unit of the course to assess their progress and inform their targets for improvement. In addition to this there will be one mock examination in Yr10 and two in Yr11.

    • Subject: Mandarin
    • Qualification: IGCSE Chinese as a Second Language (0523)
    • Examination Board: Cambridge
    • Syllabus/ Specification: Chinese IGCSE 2015 linear
    • Subject Code: 10Mn/11Mn
    • Hours: 3 hours per week
    • Details: www.cie.org.uk

    Course Content

    The topics selected relate to the interests and needs of the students using Chinese as a Second Language, including following areas: Young people and education, Society, The world and Cultural diversity.

    The course is delivered using the Chinese for Secondary Schools textbooks published by Ji’nan University press. The course consists a variety of texts are used to expand their speaking, reading and writing skills in order for them to prepare for the IGCSE Chinese as a Second Language Exam in Year 11.

    Final Assessment 

    70% for the Reading and Writing paper 1, 30% for the Speaking paper 2,

    • Two papers, a Reading and Writing (Paper 1), taken at the end of the course are set and marked by CIE. 
    • One Speaking (Paper 2) assessment, 1 record exam with your subject teacher 10-12 minutes each. The Speaking assessment is marked by the teacher and moderated by Cambridge.

    Assessment (0509)

    Students will take an internal test at the end of each unit of the course to assess their progress and inform their targets for improvement. In addition to this there will be one mock examination in Yr10 and two in Yr11.

    • Subject: Mandarin
    • Qualification: IGCSE  First Language Chinese (0509)
      • Syllabus/ Specification: Chinese IGCSE 2015 linear
      • Subject Code: 10Mn/11Mn
      • Hours: 3 hours per week
      • Details: www.cie.org.uk

    Course Content

    Teaching material includes the Chinese for Secondary Schools textbooks published by Ji’nan University press. The course consists of a variety of texts that are used to expand their reading and writing skills in order for them to prepare for the IGCSE First Language Exam in Year 11.

    Final Assessment 

    60% for the Reading paper 1, 40% for the Writing paper 2,

    • Two papers, a Reading (Paper 1) and a Writing (Paper 2), taken at the end of the course are set and marked by CIE. 

    Candidate is targeted at grades A* – G

     

  • Year 8 to 9 - Spanish

    Course Description

    We advocate no single textbook within the Spanish Department, preferring to mix our teaching approach from a range of published materials (Listos, Mira!, Viva) and teacher-made resources. We cover the content and Programme of Study of the English National Curriculum and the Year 9 course in particular prepares students well for GCSE Spanish. Throughout the three year course, students gain particular enjoyment from the intercultural links that are made with the Spain and Latin America.


    Year 7 Unit Titles

    N/A


    Year 8 Unit Titles

    • Introductions: greetings and communicating in the classroom
    • Nationality: family and physical descriptions
    • School: time and transport
    • Homes and my town
    • Sport: free time and future tense

    Year 9 Unit Titles

    • Food: eating out and healthy lifestyles
    • Going shopping: clothes and food shopping
    • Tourism: holidays and past tense
    • Media
    • Body parts, illness and health

    Assessment

    Students regularly sit a test in order to evaluate their knowledge and the progress made in the four language skills (approximately every 8 weeks). These assessments enable learners to recognise achievement and highlight areas for development before moving on to a new topic area and more advanced grammatical structures.

  • Year 8 to 9 - German

    Course description 

    We advocate no single textbook within the German Department, preferring to mix our teaching approach from a range of published materials (Echo, Stimmt) and teacher-made resources. We cover the content and Programme of Study of the English National Curriculum and the Year 9 course in particular prepares students well for GCSE German. Throughout the course, students gain particular enjoyment from the intercultural links that are made with the German-speaking world.  


     Year 7 Unit Titles

     N/A 


     Year 8 Unit Titles

    • Introductions: greetings and communicating in the classroom
    • Nationality: family and physical descriptions
    • School: time and transport
    • Homes and daily routine
    • Town: directions and weather
    • Sport: free time and future tense 

     Year 9 Unit Titles 

    • Tourism and holiday activities: shopping and pocket money
    • Healthy living 
    • Perfect and conditional tenses
    • Media
    • Illness and body parts
    • Organising a party and going out with friends

     Assessment 

    Students regularly sit a test in order to evaluate their knowledge and the progress made in the four language skills (approximately every 8 weeks). These assessments enable learners to recognise achievement and highlight areas for development before moving on to a new topic area and more advanced grammatical structures.

  • YEAR 10 AND 11 - Mandarin Foreign Language

     

    Subject: Mandarin

    ·        Qualification: GCSE Chinese

    ·        Examination Board: AQA

    ·        Syllabus/ Specification: Chinese GCSE 2017

    ·        Subject Code: 10Cn / 11Cn 

    ·        Hours: 3 hours per week

    ·        Details: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/chinese-spoken-mandarin-8673


    Course Content

    The AQA Modern Foreign Languages GCSE course is divided into themes and is delivered using a variety of teacher-made resources and published materials. The four language skills are covered:

    ·        Listening - to practise understanding the target language in a variety of different situations.

    ·        Speaking - to practise communicating with speakers of the foreign language, both at home and abroad.

    ·        Reading - to practise understanding a wide range of texts in the target language, such as magazine articles and information found on the internet.

    ·        Writing - to practise producing texts, clearly and accurately.

    Themes

    ·        Identity and culture

    ·        Local, national, international and global areas of interest

    ·        Current and future study and employment

    Final Assessment 

    100% assessment by final examinations in Year 11

    Paper 1: Listening (25%)

    Paper 2: Speaking (25%) the examination is recorded by the student’s teacher and marked by AQA. Higher Tier = 10-12 minutes

    Paper 3: Reading (25%) includes a short translation from the target language into English

    Paper 4: Writing (25%) includes a short translation from English into the target language

    Students are graded and awarded an examination result on a scale from 1 to 9.

     

  • YEAR 10 AND 11 - French
    • Subject: French
    • Qualification: GCSE French
    • Examination Board: AQA
    • Syllabus/ Specification: French GCSE 2016
    • Subject Code: 10Fr / 11Fr 
    • Hours: 3 hours per week

    Course Content

    The AQA Modern Foreign Languages GCSE course is divided into themes and is delivered using a variety of teacher-made resources and published materials, including Studio AQA French from Pearson. The four language skills are covered:

    • Listening - to practise understanding the target language in a variety of different situations.
    • Speaking - to practise communicating with speakers of the foreign language, both at home and abroad.
    • Reading - to practise understanding a wide range of texts in the target language, such as magazine articles and information found on the internet.
    • Writing - to practise producing texts, clearly and accurately.

    Themes

    • Identity and culture
    • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
    • Current and future study and employment

    Final Assessment 

    100% assessment by final examinations in Year 11

    Paper 1: Listening (25%)

    Paper 2: Speaking (25%) the examination is recorded by the student’s teacher and marked by AQA. Higher Tier = 10-12 minutes

    Paper 3: Reading (25%) includes a short translation from the target language into English

    Paper 4: Writing (25%) includes a short translation from English into the target language

    Students are graded and awarded an examination result on a scale from 1 to 9.

  • YEAR 10 AND 11 - Latin
    • Subject: Latin
    • Qualification: Latin IGCSE 
    • Examination Board: CIE
    • Subject Code: 10Lt / 11Lt
    • Hours: 3 hours per week

    Course Content

    The IGCSE Latin syllabus aims to develop students' ability to understand Latin, leading to an appreciation of Latin's influence on modern European languages. In Year 11, students study original Latin prose and verse literature in its social and historical context, and are encouraged to develop a personal response to what they read. This will develop an awareness of a different time and culture, and an appreciation of Rome's legacy to the modern world. 


    Year 10

    • Increasing our knowledge of vocabulary
    • Understanding further grammatical concepts including: perfect passive and active participles; formation of adjectives and adverbs, neuter nouns; imperfect and pluperfect subjunctive; indirect questions; purpose clauses; indirect commands; result clauses; gerundives; ablative case; expressions of time; prepositions; passive verbs; relative with subjunctive, perfect and pluperfect passive tenses; ablative absolute; deponent verbs; further use of the gerundive; future participles; future and future perfect tenses; future passive tense; present passive infinitive
    • Working on translation and comprehension skills

    Year 9 Unit Titles

    • Increasing our knowledge of vocabulary
    • Understanding further grammatical concepts including: greater analysis of passive and deponent verbs; indirect statement; present subjunctive; further use of the gerundive; word order in verse
    • Working on translation and comprehension skills
    • Familiarisation and appreciation of the set texts, which for 2014 are by Virgil, Seneca, Livy and Nepos
    • Revision and practice papers

    Final Assessment 

    Final examination (100%)
    There are two papers of equal weighting. The first involves translation and comprehension questions on passages of previously unseen Latin. In the second, candidates are tested on translation, comprehension, appreciation and scansion of prescribed texts.

     

  • YEAR 10 AND 11 - Spanish
    • Subject: Spanish
    • Qualification: GCSE Spanish
    • Examination Board: AQA
    • Syllabus/ Specification: Spanish GCSE 2016
    • Subject Code: 10Sp / 11Sp
    • Hours: 3 hours per week

    Course Content

    The AQA Modern Foreign Languages GCSE course is divided into themes and is delivered using a variety of teacher-made resources and published materials, including Viva AQA Spanish from Pearson. The four language skills are covered:

    • Listening - to practise understanding the target language in a variety of different situations.
    • Speaking - to practise communicating with speakers of the foreign language, both at home and abroad.
    • Reading - to practise understanding a wide range of texts in the target language, such as magazine articles and information found on the internet.
    • Writing - to practise producing texts, clearly and accurately. 

    Themes

    • Identity and culture
    • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
    • Current and future study and employment

    Final Assessment 

    100% assessment by final examinations in Year 11

    Paper 1: Listening (25%)

    Paper 2: Speaking (25%) the examination is recorded by the student’s teacher and marked by AQA. Higher Tier = 10-12 minutes

    Paper 3: Reading (25%) includes a short translation from the target language into English

    Paper 4: Writing (25%) includes a short translation from English into the target language

    Students are graded and awarded an examination result on a scale from 1 to 9.

  • Year 10 and 11 - German
    • Subject: German
    • Qualification: GCSE German
    • Examination Board: AQA
    • Syllabus/ Specification: German GCSE 2016
    • Subject Code: 10Ge / 11Ge
    • Hours: 3 hours per week

    Course Content

    The AQA Modern Foreign Languages GCSE course is divided into themes and is delivered using a variety of teacher-made resources and published materials, including Stimmt AQA German from Pearson. The four language skills are covered:

    • Listening - to practise understanding the target language in a variety of different situations.
    • Speaking - to practise communicating with speakers of the foreign language, both at home and abroad.
    • Reading - to practise understanding a wide range of texts in the target language, such as magazine articles and information found on the internet.
    • Writing - to practise producing texts, clearly and accurately.

    Students also translate into and from the target language.

    Themes

    • Identity and culture
    • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
    • Current and future study and employment

    Final Assessment 

    100% assessment by final examinations in Year 11

    Paper 1: Listening (25%)

    Paper 2: Speaking (25%) the examination is recorded by the student’s teacher and marked by AQA. Higher Tier = 10-12 minutes

    Paper 3: Reading (25%) includes a short translation from the target language into English

    Paper 4: Writing (25%) includes a short translation from English into the target language

    Students are graded and awarded an examination result on a scale from 1 to 9.

  • Year 10 and 11 - Advanced Mandarin

     

    Course Description

    Students in the Advanced Mandarin Stream are supported using various linguistic and cultural resources suited to their needs, including textbooks such as Chinese Made Easy, Easy Steps to Chinese, Jinbu, and Chinese Language for Secondary Schools. In each year group there is an Advanced 2nd Language Stream for our most able Mandarin linguists. This stream seeks to accelerate students to CIE IGCSE in Year 9, and CIE IGCSE (First or Second Language depending upon ability) in Year 11. The vast majority of students in the Advanced Mandarin Stream are either heritage speakers of Mandarin/Cantonese or have spent a considerable period of time living in a Chinese-speaking country. Students are taught exclusively in simplified characters. However, they may choose to sit their public examinations in traditional characters should they wish.

    Year 10 Unit Titles

    • Argumentative language: Technology and communication
    • Narration: Family relationship
    • Speech: Stories from history
    • Explanatory language: Describe a situation
    • Chinese classic poems

    Course Content

    Teaching material includes the Chinese for Secondary Schools textbooks published by Ji’nan University press. The course consists of a variety of texts that are used to expand their reading and writing skills in order for them to prepare for the IGCSE First Language Exam in Year 11.

    Final Assessment 

    60% for the Reading paper 1, 40% for the Writing paper 2,

    Two papers, a Reading (Paper 1) and a Writing (Paper 2), taken at the end of the course are set and marked by CIE.  Qualification: IGCSE First Language Chinese (0509)

    Assessment  - Chinese as a First Language (0509)

    Students will take an internal test at the end of each unit of the course to assess their progress and inform their targets for improvement. In addition to this there will be one mock examination in Yr10 and two in Yr11.

    Subject: Mandarin One Speaking (Paper 2) assessment, 1 record exam with your subject teacher 10-12 minutes each. The Speaking assessment is marked by the teacher and moderated by Cambridge.

    Course Content

    The topics selected relate to the interests and needs of the students using Chinese as a Second Language, including following areas: Young people and education, Society, The world and Cultural diversity.

    The course is delivered using the Chinese for Secondary Schools textbooks published by Ji’nan University press. The course consists a variety of texts are used to expand their speaking, reading and writing skills in order for them to prepare for the IGCSE Chinese as a Second Language Exam in Year 11.

    Final Assessment 

    70% for the Reading and Writing paper 1, 30% for the Speaking paper 2,

    Two papers, a Reading and Writing (Paper 1), taken at the end of the course are set and marked by CIE. 


     

    Assessment  - Chinese as a Second Language (0523)

    Students will take an internal test at the end of each unit of the course to assess their progress and inform their targets for improvement. In addition to this there will be one mock examination in Yr10 and two in Yr11.

    Subject: Mandarin Qualification: IGCSE Chinese as a Second Language (0523) Examination Board: Cambridge Syllabus/ Specification: Chinese IGCSE 2015 linear Subject Code: 10Mn/11Mn Hours: 3 hours per week Details: http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-igcse-chinese-second-language-0523/


    Year 11 Unit Titles

    Persuasive language: Problems of the developing word Narration: Characters in novels Descriptive language: Description of scenes emotion expression Book reports

  • YEAR 12 and 13 - Mandarin

     

    ·        Subject: Mandarin

    ·        Qualification: A Level (GCE)

    ·        Examination Board: Edexcel

    ·        Syllabus/ Specification: Chinese 

    ·        Subject Code: 12Mn / 13Mn

    ·        Hours: 6 hours per week

    ·        Details: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/chinese-2017.html

    Course Content

    The AS Mandarin course builds on the linguistic foundations laid at GCSE and encourages students to develop their fluency and confidence to use the language independently. A variety of course books and resources are deployed to ensure a pupil-relevant and stimulating learning. The course is divided into four broad themes (General Topic Areas), which allow students to engage with the Chinese world at a deep level. In addition to the 6 timetabled contact hours with a classroom teacher, all students benefit from an additional lesson with a native-speaking language assistant per week.

    Themes

    ·        Food, diet and health

    ·        Transport, travel and tourism

    ·        Education and employment

    ·        Leisure, youth interests and Chinese festivals

    Final Assessment 

    Please see details from Edexcel on the hyperlink provided

  • YEAR 12 AND 13 - French
    • Subject: French
    • Qualification: International A-level
    • Examination Board: Pearson/Edexcel
    • Syllabus/ Specification: French
    • Subject Code: 12Fr / 13Fr
    • Hours: 6 hours per week

    Course Content

    The International A-level course builds on the linguistic foundations laid at GCSE and encourages students to develop their fluency and confidence to use the language independently. A variety of course books and resources are deployed to ensure a pupil-relevant and stimulating learning environment is created. The course is divided into four broad themes (General Topic Areas) at AS Level (Year 12) and seven at A-level (Year 13), which allow students to engage with the Francophone world at a deep level. In addition to the 6 timetabled contact hours with a classroom teacher, all students benefit from an additional lesson with a native-speaking language assistant per week.

    Themes (General Topic Areas)

    • Youth Culture and Concerns (AS and A Level)
    • Lifestyle: Health and Fitness (AS and A Level)
    • The World around us: Travel, Tourism, Environmental Issues and the French-speaking World (AS and A Level)
    • Education and Employment (AS and A Level)
    • Technology (A Level only)
    • Society (A Level only)
    • Ethics (A Level only)

    Final Assessment 

    • Unit 1 (30.8% of AS and 15.4% of A Level) – spoken expression and response – this unit rewards students to converse in French on a theme (General Topic Area) of their choice. The exam lasts for 8-10 minutes, is conducted with their teacher; the recording of which is sent to Pearson/Edexcel for external marking. In section A, students are asked 4 questions from a stimulus card, before moving on to section B, which is a more general discussion with their teacher.
    • Unit 2 (69.2% of AS and 34.6% of A Level) – understanding and written response – this examination lasts 2 hours 30 minutes. In section A, students listen to recordings in French and answer questions to test their aural comprehension skills. In section B they read texts and answer comprehension questions, before moving on to section C where they write 240-280 words in the form of a letter, report or article based on a reading stimulus.

    Progression to A Level
    At A Level, students’ fluency and linguistic ability is stretched, whilst Francophone literature, cinema and society is studied in depth. The A Level course prepares students for a university course or career using French and is highly valued by both employers and universities.

    There two examined units at A2:

    • Unit 3 (15.4% of total A Level) – understanding and spoken expression – students must present a stance on a controversial issue of their choice (i.e. nuclear power, animal testing), which is then opposed by their teacher. A discussion of current social and political issues then follows. The examination lasts 11-13 minutes in total and vigorously tests students’ ability to speak and understand complex language orally.
    • Unit 4 (34.6%% of A2) – research, understanding and writing – this examination lasts 2 hours 30 minutes. In section A, students listen to recordings in French and answer questions to test their aural comprehension skills. In section B they read texts and answer comprehension questions, before moving on to section C where they write a research based essay of 300-400 words on literature, cinema or an aspect of Francophone society that has been studied in class. 
  • YEAR 12 and 13 - Spanish

    Course Content

    The International A-level course builds on the linguistic foundations laid at GCSE and encourages students to develop their fluency and confidence to use the language independently. A variety of course books and resources are deployed to ensure a pupil-relevant and stimulating learning environment is created. The course is divided into four broad themes (General Topic Areas) at AS Level (Year 12) and seven at A-level (Year 13), which allow students to engage with the Hispanic world at a deep level. In addition to the 6 timetabled contact hours with a classroom teacher, all students benefit from an additional lesson with a native-speaking language assistant per week.

           Themes (General Topic Areas)

    • Youth Culture and Concerns (AS and A Level)
    • Lifestyle: Health and Fitness (AS and A Level)
    • The World around us: Travel, Tourism, Environmental Issues and the French-speaking World (AS and A Level)
    • Education and Employment (AS and A Level)
    • Technology (A Level only)
    • Society (A Level only)
    • Ethics (A Level only)

    Final Assessment

    • Unit 1 (30.8% of AS and 15.4% of A Level) – spoken expression and response – this unit rewards students to converse in Spanish on a theme (General Topic Area) of their choice. The exam lasts for 8-10 minutes, is conducted with their teacher; the recording of which is sent to Pearson/Edexcel for external marking. In section A, students are asked 4 questions from a stimulus card, before moving on to section B, which is a more general discussion with their teacher.
    • Unit 2 (69.2% of AS and 34.6% of A Level) – understanding and written response – this examination lasts 2 hours 30 minutes. In section A, students listen to recordings in Spanish and answer questions to test their aural comprehension skills. In section B they read texts and answer comprehension questions, before moving on to section C where they write 240-280 words in the form of a letter, report or article based on a reading stimulus.

    Progression to A2

    At A Level, students’ fluency and linguistic ability is stretched, whilst Hispanic literature, cinema and society is studied in depth. The A Level course prepares students for a university course or career using Spanish and is highly valued by both employers and universities. 

    There are two examined units at A2:

    • Unit 3 (15.4% of total A Level) – understanding and spoken expression – students must present a stance on a controversial issue of their choice (i.e. nuclear power, animal testing), which is then opposed by their teacher. A discussion of current social and political issues then follows. The examination lasts 11-13 minutes in total and vigorously tests students’ ability to speak and understand complex language orally.
    • Unit 4 (34.6%% of A2) – research, understanding and writing – this examination lasts 2 hours 30 minutes. In section A, students listen to recordings in Spanish and answer questions to test their aural comprehension skills. In section B they read texts and answer comprehension questions, before moving on to section C where they write a research based essay of 300-400 words on literature, cinema or an aspect of Hispanic society that has been studied in class. 
  • Home Language Programme

    As an international school, Kellett School recognises that many of our students come from diverse cultural backgrounds and speak a wide range of languages. We appreciate the important role that home languages have in the life and development of our students.

    This programme offers the opportunity to students who speak a language other than English to validate and reinforce their existing fluency and linguistic knowledge in their home language.

    Kellett School will:

    ·       Provide an exhaustive list of possible tutoring companies.

    ·       Train tutors, where necessary, to teach a curriculum.

    ·       Accommodate tutoring where possible.

    Students are offered the opportunity to secure an additional IGSCE qualification from CIE (where available) www.cie.org.uk.

    For our bilingual or very advanced French-speaking students, we offer a weekly ECA in partnership with l’Alliance Française de Hong Kong.

"Pupils learn to appreciate different countries, cultures, communities and people. "