Modern Foreign Languages
Learning another language is the best way to get to know another country and its people. At Stanborough we aim to provide a climate which will enthuse and inspire students as well as develop the confidence and competency of all students to communicate in the foreign language. We encourage students to develop their skills in speaking, reading, listening and writing at all Key Stages, by developing a curriculum suited to their needs and abilities.
Head of Department: Ms F Fletcher
What will students study?
In Year 7 students study five lessons of French per fortnight which is taught in mixed ability groups. In the summer term, students are taught Spanish for one lesson per week and three lessons of French per fortnight. In Year 8 students are taught in mixed groups and all students continue to study Spanish and French.
At the end of Year 9 students can opt to study French and / or Spanish at GCSE. We follow a two year course and the AQA specification. This can be seen at:
The final exam consists of the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing which are equally weighted at 25%.
AS and A Level French and Spanish are taught as part of the Welwyn Garden City Consortium.
We follow a two year course and the AQA specification.
How can I support my child in this subject?
If you are able to access the internet then your child can practice their language learning on the website Memrise, which is a free website.
Stanborough also has a French and Spanish website which all students can access that contains a wide variety of useful activities and resources;
stanfrench.wixsite.com/french (password: stanfrench)
stanborough.wixsite.com/spanish (password: StanSpan)
Parents can also help students revise the language learnt in class as students are encouraged to write down the French / Spanish word alongside its’ English meaning so the parents can test them or learn at the same time as their child!
What equipment does my child need in this subject?
We encourage students to purchase their own French dictionary and to bring this to every language lesson. Students also need at least two different colour pens, a ruler and a board pen to write on their mini whiteboards as this forms an integral part of language learning in our lessons.
Celebrating successes in this subject
Students are rewarded in a variety of ways: Bronze and Silver awards are given for good work or class contributions and a Gold award for exceptional homework or contribution in languages. Students are also nominated for school presentation awards which take place on a termly basis. The curriculum leader also likes to meet students from all year groups who have been highlighted by their language teacher for excellent work or effort. They are also then recommended for a headteacher’s recognition award.