In the Languages faculty students can study:
Key Stage 3 - Spanish
Key Stage 4 - Spanish
- Note Panjabi and Urdu are taught as an extended day curriculum.
Also, if your home/first language is not English we can also test you and you could potentially gain a qualification in your home language.
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should encourage students’ curiosity and expand their understanding of the world. How we teach foreign languages here at Foxford should enable students to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in written word. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate in practical situations and learn new ways of thinking. Gaining a qualification in a foreign language could open the door to further languages and a possibility to study and work in other countries.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
GCSE Spanish - Over the two years you will study a range of different topics including global and social issues, travel and tourism, life at school, jobs and career choices and me, my family and friends.
Speaking activities include dialogues and presentations, competitive writing, translation, listening activities and reading passages. All are accessed with a variety of tasks including gap fill, sentence matching, translation, making up conversations, reporting back information.
We work on a range of skills including speaking to people in a range of situations, writing letters, emails and essays. We practise active listening and reading for gist and detail. You will also practise speaking Spanish, in small groups, with a Native Spanish speaker.
How will you be assessed? The GCSE has four components, listening, reading, writing and speaking, which are examined at the end of year 11. Each component is worth 25% of the final GCSE grade.
The listening and reading exams will involve responding to spoken and written texts in Spanish and English. There will also be translation tasks in both languages. The speaking exam will consist of a role-play, responding to a picture card and some general conversation. For the written exam you will complete a range of tasks in response to a given set of criteria.
Here at Foxford we have established links with local employers who are keen to promote language learning in Coventry. A residential visit abroad is frequently offered to all Key Stage 3 students.