Bienvenidos, Bienvenue, Benvenuti and Willkommen to the Modern Languages Curriculum Area at Tollbar Academy.
Studying Modern Foreign Languages at Tollbar Academy helps our students to develop the cultural knowledge and linguistic competences necessary to compete in the international arena.
Please explore these pages to find out more about what we offer.
Students develop their four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in a variety of contexts to prepare them for language use in the global community. We cater for a range of different learning styles: visual, aural and kinaesthetic. There is scope for students' personal growth as learners, through active participation in class lessons and homework, which provides students with the ability to communicate effectively and with confidence, both orally and in writing, in a variety of styles and situations in the target language.
Students are encouraged to express personal opinions and communicate effectively in a range of 'real life' situations, for example, conducting business, ordering food in a restaurant, asking for information about a town, etc.
Currently, there are seven language classrooms in the Curriculum Area, three of which are language laboratories, equipped with computers and specialist language learning software (Sanako). This sort of technology enables the students to work on their speech and pronunciation as well as interacting on a one-on-one basis with the teacher and other students. Of the remaining classrooms, several are equipped with Interactive White Boards. The whiteboards allow the teacher to produce highly motivating and interactive lessons which the students thoroughly enjoy. In addition to this, we provide the students with access to the language programme, LanguageNut, detailed vocabulary books related to their year of study, and the use of dictionaries to help enhance their own vocabulary.
Key Stage 3
Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 work on their language skills which provide them with a solid linguistic knowledge when working towards their GCSE in Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 4
GCSE in Spanish or French (Examination Board: AQA) - will be assessed in all four skill areas using traditional exams at the end of the course.
The assessment will be weighted:
Key Stage 5
A Level French and Spanish (Examination Board: AQA)
Foreign Language Performances
Students are given the opportunity to watch visiting theatre companies perform in the language that they are learning at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. This is also an interactive experience, in which students are invited on to the stage to be a part of the performance and practise their language skills. This is always very positively received by the students, and is a fantastic opportunity for them to develop their linguistic abilities.