Modern Languages


Modern Languages Key Stage 3

What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?

  • Use atantot login to access additional games and resources.
  • Complete extra exercises available on the VLE.
  • To develop vocabulary further, look out for French/Spanish on labels and instructions on everyday items around the home.
  • Find episodes of children's programmes in French/Spanish online to watch.
  • Check if any DVDs at home have soundtracks in French/Spanish and watch the programmes/films.
  • Ask at the Tourist Information Office for leaflets for attractions in French/Spanish (or print from websites).
  • Label items in the home in French/Spanish.

What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?

www.francais-extra.co.uk
www.languagesonline.org.uk
www.maryglasgowplus.com
www.duolingo.com
www.memrise.com
www.quizlet.com
www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca - Mi Vida Loca from the BBC - an interactive video series where students are immersed and encouraged to join in.

How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?

  • Your son or daughter will be expected to learn new vocabulary on a regular basis and parents/carers can help students by showing an interest in the topics of study and testing their son or daughter on the words/phrases.
  • Using a French or Spanish dictionary, nominate a letter and ask your son or daughter to construct a picture made up of objects starting with that letter in the target language. Abstract words, featuring emotions, can also be used.
  • Play games like scrabble in the target language. Decided whether the scoring system needs to be altered to take account of different in the use of different letters in other languages.
  • If anyone in the family or friendship circle speaks a target language, try to organise more contact to practise speaking skills.
  • If you are fortunate to travel to a French or Spanish-speaking destination for your family holidays, encourage your son or daughter to speak in the local language as much as possible.
  • When visiting museums or attractions in the UK, request a copy of brochures or guides in French or Spanish to try to develop vocabulary.

Modern Languages Key Stage 4

What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?

  • Use GCSE Bitesize to help you revise.
  • Use atantot and kerboodle logins to access additional resources.
  • Complete extra exercises available on the VLE.
  • To develop vocabulary further, look out for French/Spanish on labels and instructions on everyday items around the home.
  • Find episodes of children's programmes in French/Spanish online to watch.
  • Check if any DVDs at home have soundtracks in French/Spanish and watch the programmes/films.
  • Ask at the Tourist Information Office for leaflets for attractions in French/Spanish (or print from websites).
  • Label items in the home in French/Spanish.

What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?

www.francais-extra.co.uk
www.languagesonline.org.uk
www.maryglasgowplus.com
www.duolingo.com
www.memrise.com
www.quizlet.com
www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca - Mi Vida Loca from the BBC - an interactive video series where students are immersed and encouraged to join in.

How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?

  • Your son or daughter will be expected to learn new vocabulary on a regular basis and parents/carers can help students by showing an interest in the topics of study and testing their son or daughter on the words/phrases.
  • Using a French or Spanish dictionary, nominate a letter and ask your son or daughter to construct a picture made up of objects starting with that letter in the target language. Abstract words, featuring emotions, can also be used.
  • Play games like scrabble in the target language. Decided whether the scoring system needs to be altered to take account of different in the use of different letters in other languages.
  • If anyone in the family or friendship circle speaks a target language, try to organise more contact to practise speaking skills.
  • If you are fortunate to travel to a French or Spanish-speaking destination for your family holidays, encourage your son or daughter to speak in the local language as much as possible.
  • When visiting museums or attractions in the UK, request a copy of brochures or guides in French or Spanish to try to develop vocabulary.

Modern Languages Key Stage 5

What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?

  • Change the language option on their mobile telephone/other devices.
  • Read on-line newspapers in target language – see websites below.
  • Find episodes of television programmes in French/Spanish online to watch.
  • Watch DVDs at home selecting the French/Spanish language option and watch the programmes/films.
  • Listen to French/Spanish music and read the lyrics.
  • Take an interest in French/Spanish current affairs, popular culture and literature – and that of other French/Spanish speaking countries around the world.
  • Listen to French/Spanish radio.
  • Use kerboodle login to access additional resources.
  • Complete extra exercises available on the VLE.
  • Volunteer to assist in lower school MFL clubs.
  • Volunteer to help in lower school French or Spanish lessons.

What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?

French newspapers and publications:

www.lemonde.fr - Le Monde.
www.liberation.fr - Libération.
www.lefigaro.fr - Le Figaro.
www.leparisien.fr - Le Parisien.
www.lesechos.fr - Les Échos.
www.latribune.fr - La Tribune.
www.humanite.presse.fr - l'Humanité.

Spanish newspapers and publications:

www.20minutos.es - 20 Minutos.
www.abc.es - ABC.
www.elperiodico.com - El Periódico.
www.elmundo.es - El Mundo.
www.elpais.com - El País.
www.lavanguardia.com - La Vanguardia.

Other websites:

www.languagesonline.org.uk
www.s-cool.co.uk
www.tv5monde.com - French television channel.
www.rtve.es - Spanish television and radio.
www.zut.org.uk

How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?

  • Encourage your son or daughter to read other examples of French or Spanish literature.
  • If anyone in the family or friendship circle speaks a target language, try to organise more contact to practise speaking skills.
  • If you are fortunate to travel to a French or Spanish-speaking destination for your family holidays, encourage your son or daughter to speak in the local language as much as possible.
  • When visiting any attractions in the UK, encourage your son or daughter to read the brochures or guides that are available in French or Spanish to develop vocabulary further; similarly if visiting a particular place such as a cathedral or museum, listen to audio information in the target language.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to watch films, watch television programmes and read online news in the target language.

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