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Modern Foreign Languages

Key Stage 3

Students at St George's Academy study either French, Spanish or German in Years 7 and 8. In French the students follow a new and modern French course, Studio, which capitalizes on the students' prior knowledge of French and supports their learning in a fresh and appealing way. In Spanish students follow the course Mira and German is taught through the course Echo. In Year 9, students may have the opportunity to access a second language.

All three courses are supported by engaging ICT packages and all three languages are taught by specialist teachers using a variety of approaches including ICT. Students have access to an up to date computer suite where they can practise what they have learnt in the classroom using programs such as Fun With Texts or by playing vocabulary games on subscription websites. We also have a comprehensive range of activities on the Academy website, produced by Academy teachers, which students can access at home to support their learning.

Key Stage 4

Students can opt to study for GCSE French, Spanish or German. Students studying GCSE languages have access to the Foreign Languages Assistant, a native speaker who works with small groups to provide personalized support and feedback. Students follow new courses designed to reflect the demands of the AQA examination. They also have access to the computer suite facilities and are taught in a dynamic and modern way by specialist staff in a well-equipped building dedicated to MFL.

Key Stage 5

Students can study AS and A2 qualifications in French, Spanish or German. All students have individual or small group access to the native speaking Language Assistant on a weekly basis where they get personalized support in order to prepare for the oral examination. Students have access to the ICT facilities and are offered a wide range of support and materials developed by the specialist teachers. Students cover demanding and stimulating topics such as studying the work of film directors from a target-speaking country or study of the geography of a target language speaking region.

Every year we also support students who come to us already competent in another language. In recent years students from all year groups have taken GCSEs, AS and A2 levels in French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Russian, Arabic, Turkish and Polish.