Modern Foreign Languages

Head of the department: Mrs Cordero-Nieto

Email: olga.cordero-nieto@cardinalnewman.coventry.sch.uk
The Modern Foreign Languages Department is committed to the teaching of languages and helping students to maximise their ability to communicate effectively with people of other countries and understand their cultures, attitudes and customs. The learning of another language helps to foster essential values such as open-mindedness, acceptance and tolerance, thereby, as well as learning a language our students develop their personality as a whole. We are a dedicated and hard-working Department who is always available to give help and support when necessary
We believe in developing communicative skills and encouraging intercultural knowledge and understanding. We hope to open students’ minds to different cultures and to nurture a lifelong passion for language learning. Language learning helps develop many transferable and life-long learning skills.

Key Stage 3: years 7 & 8
Most of our students study French or Spanish in years 7 and 8, they have 4 lessons every fortnight. Some students with specific needs in literacy and/ or numeracy are withdrawn from language lessons in order to receive extra English and/ or Maths tuition.
Throughout KS3, pupils will learn how to approach the four different skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. They will learn skills such as translating and manipulating new structures and will develop their thinking skills further and independent study skills outside of class. Those will be taught through a variety of topics.
 
Key Stage 4: years 9-11
The GCSE course provides a sound basis for the skills and language required for leisure, work and further study. Students will build on prior knowledge and develop their ability to use language skills in a variety of contexts, improving in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course will enable our students to understand and use more accurately a widening range of vocabulary and structures, to understand and discuss issues and opinions and to give descriptions and accounts.
The Modern Foreign Languages Department is committed to the teaching of languages and helping students to maximise their ability to communicate effectively with people of other countries and understand their cultures, attitudes and customs. The learning of another language helps to foster essential values such as open-mindedness, acceptance and tolerance, thereby, as well as learning a language our students develop their personality as a whole. We are a dedicated and hard-working Department who is always available to give help and support when necessary
We believe in developing communicative skills and encouraging intercultural knowledge and understanding. We hope to open students’ minds to different cultures and to nurture a lifelong passion for language learning. Language learning helps develop many transferable and life-long learning skills.
Key Stage 3: years 7 & 8
Most of our students study French or Spanish in years 7 and 8, they have 4 lessons every fortnight. Some students with specific needs in literacy and/ or numeracy are withdrawn from language lessons in order to receive extra English and/ or Maths tuition.
Throughout KS3, pupils will learn how to approach the four different skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. They will learn skills such as translating and manipulating new structures and will develop their thinking skills further and independent study skills outside of class. Those will be taught through a variety of topics.
Key Stage 4: years 9-11
The GCSE course provides a sound basis for the skills and language required for leisure, work and further study. Students will build on prior knowledge and develop their ability to use language skills in a variety of contexts, improving in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course will enable our students to understand and use more accurately a widening range of vocabulary and structures, to understand and discuss issues and opinions and to give descriptions and accounts.

 

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