LanguagesModern Foreign Languages

Outline of the Courses

KS3 pupils follow a basic language course for two years, which includes general topics covering; family, house and home, the town, holidays, transport and daily routine. We aim to follow a scheme of work throughout Year 7 and 8 which sets students up for success at GCSE level, encouraging them to use all 4 language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in GCSE style tasks. We follow Clic and Mira courses for French and Spanish and have access to interactive websites and games in order to further engage pupils with their learning. Suggested websites

In Year 9 we begin our Edexcel GCSE courses which are finalised in Year 11 through 4 main exams in the 4 different skills. Each skill is worth 25% of the overall GCSE and includes a variety of tasks which test students’ ability to speak spontaneously, read literary texts, understand the culture of the target language country and other countries who may speak that language, translate from the target language in to English and vice versa as well as sharpen their listening and writing skills. The aim is that students leave school with the knowledge and aptitude to cope with the language in a real-life setting!

In order to extend and practice their language skills students have the opportunity to spend some time in France and Spain during their GCSE courses. Students studying Spanish had the fabulous opportunity to visit Madrid whilst those studying French visit Paris each year taking in the sights and experiencing the French culture whilst practicing their language skills at the same time. They speak to the locals and even try some of the French delicacies!
Students spent four days in Paris for an International Learn on Location trip in early October. Spending time in Paris at the weekend allowed the group to experience the city at its busiest and gave them ample opportunity to practice their French. They visited various attractions including the 59 storey Tour Montparnasse, where students were praised in the gift shop for speaking French so well; the Île de la Cité, where students visited the Notre Dame cathedral and Le Louvre. After lunch in Les Jardins Tuileries, they visited the Sacré Coeur and Montmartre, along with photo stops in front of the Eiffel Tower. The trip concluded with a spectacular day at Disneyland, where students enjoyed multiple goes on their favourite rides. Students were a real credit to themselves, their families and the School; their behaviour was impeccable throughout the trip. Well done to them all; much French was spoken, practised and learnt throughout the trip.
Our annual ‘Spanish Learn on Location’ long-weekend trip to Madrid, was a fantastic experience for the students and an outstanding success. Over a spring weekend Year 9 GCSE Spanish students and accompanying staff, enjoyed a four-day cultural experience. An unseasonal cold spell in the Spanish capital did not deter the group with numerous visits crammed into their schedule - the Royal Palace, the Retiro Park, the City Zoo and the Bernabeu – Real Madrid’s football stadium, plus the experience of a Spanish Sunday street flea market. There was also plenty of time for the students to try out their Spanish in the shops and whilst eating typical cuisine in the restaurants. Trip organiser, Mrs Rubio-Weston said, “Students put their Spanish to good use where possible, filled their cases with plenty of souvenirs and their heads with wonderful memories. A cultural experience and lots of fun.”

Why Learn a Language?

Here at CCHS, we believe that learning a language is a valuable part of every child’s education and here are a few reasons why.....

1. Languages are a life skill
Knowledge of a foreign language is not just another GCSE grade – it is a concrete and demonstrable life skill, like being able to drive a car or touch-type, and it is a skill highly valued by employers.

2. Languages teach you communication skills and adaptability
Learning how to interact with speakers of other languages means you are less likely to be stuck in one mode of thinking. It can help you see things from a range of perspectives, develop your problem-solving skills, and make you more adaptable, resourceful and creative.

3. Languages teach you cultural awareness
The ability to operate cross-culturally is becoming just as valued by employers as straight language skills.

4. Languages give you a sense of achievement
Learning a language combines the intellectual with the practical as no other subject does. You need to be able to think on your feet, but when you can find exactly the right foreign word or phrase, you get a real sense of achievement.

5. Languages are a social skill
Languages are very sociable. If you enjoy being with people and communicating with them, the chances are you’ll enjoy being able to do this in a foreign language too.

6. Languages give you the edge in the job market
Today there is a global market for jobs. It is not necessary to be fluent in a foreign language to be an asset to any potential employer. Knowing how to meet and greet people from other countries and cultures is a valued skill.

7. Learning languages gives you greater opportunities to travel and work abroad
There are many opportunities to travel or work with organisations abroad where some knowledge of a foreign language is a clear advantage.

8. Languages combine well with virtually any subject for further study
The range of combined degrees and further education courses involving a language is limitless – from Accountancy with Russian to Theatre Studies with Italian. Many universities even offer funding for students to continue or extend their language knowledge by travelling or working abroad during the vacations.

Language Learning Opportunities and Websites

Aside from classroom learning and trips, we like to promote language learning through other means.
This academic year students will have the opportunity to watch plays performed in varouis languages to reinforce their learning and for the Key Stage 4 students to strengthen their listening and comprehension skills in preparation for their GCSE exams.

Suggested websites for Language Learning: (students can be provided with a username and password in school)