The Nobel Linguist…
Learns through interaction with others;
Imagines, creates and plays with language;
Never worries about mistakes; is confident and takes risks;
Gets pleasure from using language; enthuses about it;
Uses every opportunity to express new ideas; is
Internationally aware and explores other cultures;
Shows passion and curiosity for languages and is…
At Nobel, the study of modern foreign languages is based on a robust curriculum that leads to the effective development of the four skills (listening, reading, speaking & writing), holistic learning as well as intercultural awareness and communication. Students are provided with a range of opportunities to:
- Develop their curiosity and understanding of the world.
- Learn and progressively master the vocabulary and the grammar specified in their content of study.
- Increasingly develop the ability to speak spontaneously, fluently and confidently in situations of real communication.
- Develop the ability to write at varying lengths for different purposes, progressively improving the accuracy of their spelling and that of the grammatical structures they use.
- Acquire translation skills needed for their exams and future jobs as well as a variety of other skills that will enable them to develop as linguists and become proficient users of the languages they study.
- Foster their desire to read literary texts, listen or view authentic material in order to develop their linguistic repertoire and for their own enjoyment.
General Course Content
Students start in Year 7 with either French or German/Spanish. Half of the year group study French while the other half all study Spanish or German. If there is any reason a student should learn a specific language (e.g. family members who speak the language) then this should be communicated to the school before students start in Year 7. We will do our best to accommodate the request, if it is possible.
Students are given appropriate transition provision at the beginning of Year 7 in order to aid their induction into secondary school. In Year 7 students start to study some of the GCSE topics including: Me, my family and friends, my free time activities (cinema, music, sports) and eating out. These modules will be revisited and extended in year 9. Alongside these modules, students in Year 7 are expected to read at least one literary text in the form of a story, magazine etc. from the department’s library or online and complete supercurricular activities.
Whilst most students continue with the language they studied in year 7, a small number may start a second language in Year 8 in addition to their first language. Year 8 students are set according to ability and the possibility of studying more than one language in Year 8 will depend on progress made in Year 7. Students studying two languages in Year 8 are expected to attend as a lesson 6 after school once per fortnight.
Students continue to study some of the GCSE topics in Year 8: Home, town, neighbourhood and region, Travel and tourism, My studies and Life at school/college. These modules will be revisited and extended in year 10. Alongside these modules, students are expected to read at least one literary text in the form of a story, magazine etc. from the department’s library or online and complete supercurricular activities.
In Year 9 the vast majority of students will continue with the same language provision as in Year 8, with a few dual linguists specialising in only one language this year as opposed to two. Students start a 3-year GCSE course in Year 9 in order to better prepare them for the demands of the new GCSE. This first year aims to ensure that the needed skills (spontaneous speaking and writing, grammatical understanding and accuracy, translation etc.) as well as comprehension are fully embedded before students move to Year 10. As in Year 8, Year 9 students are set according to ability and those studying two languages are required to attend a lesson 6 after school once per fortnight.
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