Modern Foreign Languages
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Welcome to the Modern Foreign Languages department.
At SVCS, we believe in encouraging our students to speak foreign languages independently for communication in class. We use songs, literary extracts and authentic resources to promote enjoyment of language learning and to explore the cultures of some of the many countries where these languages are spoken. In order to foster an independent approach, we begin by studying the phonics (i.e. the sound-spelling relationships) of the languages and we also teach strategies for each of the skills of listening, reading, speaking, writing and translating to and from the foreign language.
In Year 7, most students have one lesson of French and one lesson of Spanish each week. A small number of students are better suited to studying just one language, and they have two French lessons a week. Students then continue with just their preferred language in Years 8 and 9, and this enables them to focus on that one language in preparation for the GCSE, should they choose to do it.
In order to help our students speak foreign languages with as much confidence as possible, we take part in the regional “Have Your Say” competition, which is organised by the Association for Language Learning. We were very proud to take teams to the regional final in May 2017.
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