Staff List and HOD Names
Ms Michelle Mullan(HOD)
Mr Karl McQuaid
Aims of Department
Our aim in the Languages Department is to provide quality teaching and learning which is centered upon the needs of the child, giving pupils the opportunity to reach their full potential.
We continually aim to promote the ethos of Edmund Rice at all times. We aim to promote positive attitudes to language learning as a means of providing enjoyment and intellectual stimulation. To develop pupils' abilities to communicate effectively in the target language, through both the spoken and written word, using a range of vocabulary and structures. To provide opportunities through Modern Languages for the personal and social development of the pupils. We also aim to encourage skills, language and attitudes which will be useful for further study and for vocational and leisure application and to encourage positive attitudes of tolerance and understanding of speakers of other languages. We also aim to develop knowledge and understanding of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken and to establish links with Spanish speaking countries such as Spain, South America and the Caribbean.
Outline of Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5
KEY STAGE 3
In year 8 pupils study all three languages. In years 9 and 10 they choose two to study. Spanish is very popular. Topics include hobbies, sports, school, describing others, where you live, weather, and nationalities. In Language class we do a lot of games, songs and watch films to help engage the pupils as much as possible. We subscribe to the Linguascope website to help with home learning. In Spanish we learn about the culture of Spain and Latin America. Festivals such as Easter, Christmas and Day of the Dead are studied and we watch films such as Coco and Ferdinand.
KEY STAGE 4
At KS4 students follow the CCEA GCSE Specification and have four examinations at the end of Year 12 in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. Topics studied include holidays, health, free time, festivals and future plans. BBC Bitesize, Memrise, CCEA and Linguascope are excellent websites for GCSE Spanish.
Careers is an integral part of Language learning. Careers are part of our School topic at KS3 and Future plans at KS4. We use the world of work as a context for using the language, we write to pen friends to find out about their family’s careers and local employment. We write CVs and do interview practice through the target language. Some careers with languages include a teacher, tour manager, lawyer or air steward.
Useful websites for Languages include-
Youtube- Rockalingua songs