Two weeks ago 21 Hove Park students visited Mataré Gymnasium in Düsseldorf where we enjoyed working in partnership with German students, making new friendships, improving our German, visiting Köln and a great museum, the Haus der Geschichte in Bonn. Our buddi ..Read More
Languages are the gateway to new cultures and experiences. They form one of the new pillars for the English Baccalaureate – the new benchmark for attainment in schools.
MFL has a very strong heritage at Hove Park School and we continue to offer a wide spread of language qualifications matched to the specific skills of the student. The variety of languages offered at school reflect the cosmopolitan city we live in and the richness of our own community.
Last week, nine students and two teachers from Al Azhar Sentra Primer High School in Jakarta, Indonesia, visited Hove Park School. The school had specifically asked to come to HPS because of our International specialisms. They really wanted to experience life as an English sc ..Read More
Students study two languages during Years 7 and 8. Importance is placed upon the development of key skills in languages across the four disciplines of reading, speaking, listening and writing. Emphasis is placed upon equipping students with the required set of skills to make good language learners for GCSE and beyond and particular focus is on developing spoken and written interaction. It is also a period during which students experiment and find a language they can best engage with. Students study a wide range of transactional and topic based vocabulary with an ethos of active participation and encouragement to communicate in the target language. Year 9 marks the first year for the study of 1 GCSE, with extra support and input for those students going on to study 2 languages.
Students can study the following subjects at GCSE - Chinese / French / German / Italian / Spanish.
What is the GCSE structure?
- A course which develops your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the chosen language.
- It covers varied engaging and motivating themes such as: Media, Culture, Family & Relationships, Holidays, Free-time, School, Work & Employment.
- Easy to follow assessment, with a combination of controlled assessments and final exams.
- Excellent preparation for post 16 study and beyond.
IMPORTANT - There will be changes to the exam syllabus post 2016 (first award in 2018) and these are outlined via the following link (see below). The key change is that in line with most subjects the exams will all be terminal exams and course work will no longer form part of the speaking and writing papers.http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse
What do you get?
- A full GCSE pass ranging from A* to C (higher grade passes) and D to G (lower grade passes).
- It counts towards 1 of the 5 key subjects of the English Baccalaureate – the benchmark for university entrance.
What can this qualification lead to?
- Excellent preparation for post 16 study.
- University entry and study.
- Employment and work in many varied fields such as: communications, media, education, travel and tourism, government and managerial.
- Jobs include: Translator, interpreter, correspondent, overseas trade, journalist, government minister, flight attendant, hotel worker, teacher, lecturer and international manager.
What is the course assessment?
- You are assessed in all four skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing). Speaking and Writing are both worth 30% to the GCSE (60% collectively) and Listening and Reading are both worth 20% to the GCSE (40% collectively).
- You are assessed in Speaking and Writing via 2 controlled assessments in each skill, which can be completed at any time during the course.
- You are assessed in Listening and Reading via 2 final exams, 1 in each skill, which are taken at the end of the course in examination conditions.
IMPORTANT - There will be changes to the exam syllabus post 2016 (first award in 2018) and these are outlined via the following link (see below). The key change is that in line with most subjects the exams will all be terminal exams and course work will no longer form part of the speaking and writing papers. http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse
A student testimonial:
“I was given good advice that a GCSE in a language would be worth my while as languages open up many more opportunities to me in terms of future employment and job prospects. I feel that being able to offer a language when I go to college or university will show that I’m open to learning about different cultures and beliefs and that I’m aware of how our current world is developing where international links are becoming increasingly more important both economically and politically. I also see having the ability to communicate in another language as a sign of my appreciation of my own language and as a skill for life. Languages are a difficult option, but the rewards in terms of my future are great”.
Languages clubs continue to thrive at Hove Park – after school clubs and revision sessions run throughout the year at both KS3 and KS4.