Théâtre sans Frontières performing at GEMS
The ability to speak a language other than one’s mother tongue is of great personal and professional value. The key aim of learning a language is to be able to communicate and that is the central tenet of language teaching and learning at GEMS.
Pupils will benefit from a range of teaching methods and resources, including a commitment to developing the use of authentic materials in lessons, opening up opportunities for pupils to learn about other cultures through language learning.
Across the school, learners will study, and strengthen, their understanding of the core features of a language: grammar, phonology and vocabulary, which will allow them to begin to communicate on a range of familiar matters, while amplifying their knowledge of their own language. Developing the skills needed for practical communication is key.
Through overlapping topics pupils will:
- Learners will understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, continually improving pronunciation and intonation
- Write, with increasing accuracy, for different purposes and audiences
- Discover and appreciate a range of writing in the language studied, including songs, poems and media
- Broaden their vocabulary and know how to use a bilingual dictionary to support themselves
- Read carefully, developing a range of strategies to decode unfamiliar language
- Spell with increasing accuracy
In Key Stage 2, children will study Spanish, building on the knowledge and skills they acquire in first school. Teaching takes place in mixed ability form class groups. Pupils study French in Key Stage 3 , which provides an opportunity for children to apply their developing language learning skills to the study of a new language. This presents a new and invigorating challenge to learners. Supported by their widening know-how and increased curriculum time, learning is often accelerated. Currently, Key Stage 3 pupils are grouped into 5 classes.
How students are supported in MFL
Teachers are responsible for the progress of ALL students in their class and high-quality teaching is carefully planned to include supporting students who may have SEND. All students are challenged to achieve to the best of their ability, to make good or outstanding.
Specific approaches which are used within the curriculum areas include:
- Targeted and well-thought-out seating plans
- Appropriate levels of scaffolding provided
- Ensuring resources are suitable for individual learning needs
- Group work and discussion
- Clear teacher/student communication
- Targeted and well-thought-out questioning techniques
- Feedback that allows all students to make progress, whether written or verbal
- Using strategies best suited to addressing individual needs
- 1:1 Language support or alternative EAL support
Students are assessed in the four key skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. At the end of each unit of work, children will be assessed by a form of summative assessment. In addition to this, formative assessments are regularly carried out during lessons
- We have a link with a school in Zaragoza and have enjoyed a successful school exchange in Yr 6
- There is also a Spanish club at lunchtime