From Déja Vu to Aficionado, many words that we use everyday began life in another language. Learning another language helps us find out more about English, and makes us much better at communicating in any language! With many different languages spoken in the UK, and British businesses developing links with companies around the world, speakers of other languages are a very valuable resource.
The Languages Department aims to enthuse and inspire students in language learning, to ensure that they are best placed to benefit from the global economy.
I don’t go on holiday to France or Spain, so what’s the point of learning French or Spanish?
Only 6% of the world has English as their first language, and 75% of the world’s population don’t speak any English at all! There are over 6 thousand languages spoken in the world, and 300 are spoken by UK school children. Here at Cantell we have more than 40 languages in our school community.
So, there is EVERY need to start learning a language as soon as you can. Perhaps even more important than this is that anyone who goes to school in countries where English is not the first language spends a significant time learning it. That means that our young people increasingly have to compete with those from other countries who have at least one language in addition to English. Perhaps it’s ironic but nowadays the fact that everyone has English makes it even more important that you learn foreign languages.
So, why else should learn a language? Here are some ideas from current Languages students:
Learning a language keeps your brain active, and uses parts that other subjects don’t! If you practice hard, it can make you smarter in other subjects too.
Learning one language makes it much easier to learn another.
If you go to another country and need help, you can ask. If they need help, you can help them.
It makes you much more open-minded to other people and their cultures.
Learning a language gives you many of the skills that employers are looking for – so it will make it easier for you to find a job.
The business world is now global – if you speak another language, you will have the edge over lots of other people.
Languages help you to travel to other countries, respect the people who live there, and communicate with them.
Languages can be useful at work, even if you work in the UK, as we live in such a multi-cultural society, there are lots of opportunities to use your language here.
But most of all – it’s challenging, rewarding, and GREAT FUN!
All students at Cantell have the opportunity to experience another language – either French or Spanish is taught to all students in KS3, and a large number of students go on to study at GCSE level. Students who speak another language at home are encouraged to consider studying it at GCSE.
Students have 6 x 50 minute lessons each fortnight at KS3, and cover a wide range of topics from talking about themselves, and their life, to discussing environmental issues. Students are encouraged to develop high levels of skill in the four key areas: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.
At KS4, students may choose to study a language at GCSE level as a one year option (12x50 minute lessons per fortnight), or as a two year course (4 or 6 x 50 minutes per fortnight).
Please look at the Year summaries and schemes of learning to find out more about topics for each year group.
Latin:At KS3 students are encouraged to read and act in Latin, using the stories in Minimus and the Cambridge Latin Course books. There are a lot of interactive experiences with the language, as well as more traditional grammar learning which is essential in getting to grips with the complex nature of the Latin language.
Latin language: At KS4 groupwork and independent work is balanced with the emphasis initially on learning the required grammar and syntax before tackling the Literature texts.
Both Level 2 courses are assessed by 100% examination.
Miss D. Sutton
Assistant Headteacher & Leader of Languages E-Mail
I love travelling, and I always try to learn a little of the language from the country that I am visiting – last year I spent my summer in Uzbekistan, and found Uzbek and Arabic really hard! Learning a language is not only about communicating, but also about gaining an understanding into the country, and its culture. Even if you don’t think that you will ever go to France or Spain, learning one language at school makes it much easier to learn a different language when you need to; and with the ever increasing world wide nature of business, you never know when you might need a language at work
I believe it is vital in the world we live in to make an effort to understand others by learning their language. Travelling is a hobby of mine and I have been fortunate to use the languages I have learnt to survive. Speaking a language helps you express yourself, discover people and culture, and above all, communicate. If you know a language, you get to communicate freely with native speakers as well as read between the lines. I find language speaking fascinating and intriguing.
"Language forces us to perceive the world as man presents it to us." - Julia Penelope
I think languages are very important, as learning a foreign language broadens your mind, improves your communication skills and helps you learn about and understand other cultures. Language learning also gives your brain a good work-out and you use parts of the brain which you don't normally use. I hope to start learning Spanish in September.
I believe that learning languages is important because it can truly broaden the horizons of your career and education. My life would definitely be very different if I hadn't studied languages! Being able to communicate in another language also gives you a better understanding of the culture, history and mentality of its speakers which is an invaluable skill in a such a multicultural society.
Homework is set each week, and will either be a task to complete based on classwork, or some important vocabulary to learn.
Details of homework will be recorded by students in their planner.
Language learning relies on practice – students should be encouraged to take every opportunity to practice their skills – for example: chatting at home makes a big difference to their confidence in class.
The websites below will be great practice for language skills – students aren’t expected to understand all the words, but it’s good to pick out anything that has been learnt before.
Latin KS3: - the main focus is on grammar and vocabulary. Students will be set regular vocabulary learning exercise, along with occasional written grammar exercises. In addition students will be set tasks which reflect the daily life aspect of the course, such as designing a dinner party menu or a piece of descriptive writing in English.
Latin KS4:- In addition to weekly vocabulary tests, students are set tasks which link in the with the grammar and syntax studied in the lesson. For the literature course students need to read and prepare their translations, and answer questions which demonstrate their understanding of the texts.
Classical Civilisation: Students are set weekly homework tasks. these take the nature of exam questions, research and 1st person accounts which encourage the students to think like a Roman or Greek and put themselves in their sandals! These are graded in accordance with GCSE grades so that students can see where they are in their learning, and where they need to go to improve.
This is a great website, with lots of stories, songs and poems in French – have a go at listening to the songs, and following the words, you will be able to practice your pronunciation and sing along too!
A great resources for learning French - create a free account online, to record your own speaking work, take part in challenges and competitions, and also revise the basics. Learn French text speak or design a football kit – it’s up to you!
A great resources for learning Spanish - create a free account online, to record your own speaking work, take part in challenges and competitions, and also revise the basics. Learn Spanish text speak or design a football kit – it’s up to you! Log in to compete against students across the country.
Year 7 students have the opportunity to visit Boulogne in northern France on a day trip in the summer term. They visit the Nausicaa Aquarium, and a Boulangerie (French bakery), as well as spending time in Boulogne sightseeing and shopping. Watch this space for photos of the most recent trip in June 2011.
Year 10 and 11 students have the opportunity to visit the Christmas Markets in Lille in northern France. They have a stop en route for a traditional French breakfast, before heading to Lille to do some Christmas shopping at the traditional Christmas Market stalls. There is time for a tour of the town, as well as a stop at a hypermarket before it is time to head home. Details of this year’s trip will be out soon!
Y8 Able, Gifted and Talented students take part in the Southampton University Talented Linguist programme, working with students from other schools to develop their knowledge of languages.
Mrs D. Sutton - Faculty Leader of Languages | E-Mail
Mrs E. Wisniewska - French - Spanish | E-Mail
Mrs H. Taylor - French - Spanish - 2yr Languages | E-Mail
Mrs G. Okoroafor - French | E-Mail
Ms Gaelle Cooke - French | E-Mail
Ms Agnes Cserhati - French | E-Mail
Regular vocabulary tests, marking of books, class work and homework. The end of module assessments tests the listening, reading and writing skills. Homework is set every week and students are expected to spend time learning vocabulary in addition to the written homework.
Students are taught to speak and write in French and understand spoken and written French. Students cover a variety of topics throughout KS3 so that they are able to talk about themselves, their family, their interests, their school and daily routine, their home and their town.
Year 7 Units:
Je me présente; Mon collège; Mes loisirs; Chez moi; Le présent.
Year 8 Units:
Ma routine journalière; Ma famille; En visite à Paris; Le présent; Le passé composé.
Year 9 Units:
On découvre la France; On organise une visite ou un voyage; On garde la forme; Les médias; Le présent; Le passé composé; Le future.
Year 7 have 4 lessons per fortnight; Years 8 and 9 have 3 lessons per fortnight.
Regular vocabulary tests, end of module assessments every half term, marking of books, class work and homework. The end of module assessments test the listening, reading and writing skills. Homework is set every week and students are expected to spend time learning vocabulary in addition to the written homework.
The students will be speaking and writing in the target language. They will be improving their reading and listening skills, so that they may understand what they hear and read. All four attainment targets (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) will be practised during lessons. Apart from building up their knowledge of vocabulary, they will also learn the grammar of the language in order to improve their accuracy.
Each student will complete a range of speaking and writing controlled assessments. The best two speaking and the best two writing will count towards the final grade. Each piece of controlled assessment is worth 15% of the total grade.
The examination is assessed in four components namely Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The Listening and Reading comprehensions are assessed as terminal exams and each constitute 20% of the final exam. The Speaking and Writing components constitute 30% each and are in the form of two controlled assessments in each component. These may be completed in Year 10 and/or Year 11.
Students will be expected to attend all lessons, participate fully and spend extra time on a regular basis committing new vocabulary to memory. Students will be set one piece of homework each week, based on any one or more of the four skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) There will be opportunities for students to attend individual tutorial sessions after school.
Students can study AS and A2 at college and then go on to study languages or combined courses at university.
With good knowledge of a foreign language, they may find work in international business, international relations, teaching, the Diplomatic Corps, the Armed Forces, travel and tourism. They can also work as interpreters, translators or personal assistants within international companies.
Ongoing assessment in class and teacher assessed homework.
Year 7 Units:
Students follow the adventures of Minimus the mouse, who lives in Vindolanda with a Roman family. They read simple Latin cartoon stories and learn basic grammar and syntax. They also learn about life in Roman times and complete activities to reflect this.
Year 8 Units:
Cambridge Latin Course Book 1
Students follow the stories of a Roman family living in Pompeii in AD79. They learn basic grammar and syntax, and by the end of the year are able competently to undertake translation of short stories. As well as translation, students produce drama pieces to demonstrate their understanding, and learn about life and death in a provincial Roman town in the Roman Empire.
Year 9 Units:
Cambridge Latin Course Book 2
One of the characters from Book 1 survives the eruption of Vesuvius and makes his way to Britain, he also spends time in Alexandria and students follow his adventures in these important parts of the Empire, developing their linguistic skills and undertaking Latin of increasingly complex nature. Students learn about the lives of Britons under the rule of the Romans, and the nature of Roman occupation.