Languages

FRENCH TRIP 2014

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It may seem that everyone speaks English, but in fact 75% of the world’s population don’t. If you enjoy being with people and chatting and joking with them, you’ll enjoy doing this in another language too. Languages are fun to learn – you listen to songs, watch video clips, play language games, research online and read comics all in a different language.

At Fairwater High School, all pupils in Key Stage 3 study a modern foreign language (French or Spanish) and Welsh. Welsh continues to be compulsory at KS4 but is optional for French or Spanish. Please click on the individual subjects for more information.

French

All pupils in Key Stage 3 are currently studying French. French lessons are interactive, fun and full of surprises. There are lots of activities to help your listening, reading, speaking and writing and for once your teacher can’t tell you off for talking! One lesson you may be learning a song to help remember some grammar, the next you could be pretending to interview a famous French celebrity; watching a soap opera, or writing your horoscope in French. Your progress is really noticeable, soon you’ll start talking more, picking up more information in the listening exercises and understanding what you read and all this in a foreign language. You’ll feel a sense of personal satisfaction learning a language and the interactive classes will really boost your confidence. There isn’t anything nerdy or difficult about learning a language; it’s really just a lot of fun.

KS3 French:

In year 7 pupils learn how to give personal information and ask others about themselves. This begins with basic information – name, age, birthday etc and builds up to giving opinions and talking about future plans.

In year 8 pupils learn to give information and ask others about their hobbies, where they live and holidays, as well as beginning to understand in more detail why languages could be important for their future career choices.

In year 9 pupils learn to give information and ask others about school life, routine, healthy lifestyles and French culture, as well as continuing to give pupils the information they need when considering whether to continue with their language learning, through more ‘career focused’ lessons.

KS4 French:

At GCSE level a wide range of topics are covered in your French lessons, so as well as learning a language you also learn all about the culture and lifestyle of foreign countries; school life, food, travel, sports, famous people, traditions and customs and the list goes on! The four key areas of language learning are: speaking, listening, reading and writing, so your classes will include activities that improve these skills. You might make posters about your favorite foreign celebrities, sport or pop stars, and then practice what you might say if you ever met them. By learning how to give directions you can point someone in the right direction or get yourself back on track if you ever get lost!

You could listen to music typical of the country or their popular music and try to work out what the lyrics mean-you’ll probably find you already know some of them! There are lots of cool songs to learn to help you remember dates, months, days of the week and even grammar. There are also some great films and TV shows to watch, all while practicing your listening of course!

Welsh

Welsh is compulsory throughout Key Stages 3 and 4.
Please click on the links for more information.
Please have a link to KS3 Welsh with details below:

KS3 Welsh

Topics studied:
Blwyddyn 7 – Personal details, the school and leisure time using the past tense.
Blwyddyn 8 – The family, friends, the house and daily routine.
Blwyddyn 9 – The area, socialising, arranging and inviting and a selected topic chosen for your GCSE controlled assessment.

All topics involve the 4 language skills: SIARAD (speaking), GWRANDO (listening), DARLLEN (reading), and YSGRIFENNU (writing).

Trips

There’s no better way to improve or perfect your language learning than practising it with native speakers. Trips are also a great way to immerge yourself in a different culture and try out new things. There are annual trips run by the Languages department, see your teachers for further details.

French trip to Paris 24th – 26th May 2014 – This trip includes two night’s half board accommodation, a full day in Parc Asterix (theme park), a boat trip on the Seine and visits up the Eiffel Tower and the Stade de France. This trip is open to years 7 and 8.

Welsh trips 2014 – 24th – 26th January Year 9 trip to Llangrannog, and 14th – 16th March Year 7 trip to Llangrannog.

Useful websites for learning languages:

www.linguascope.com (see your teacher for the username and password)
www.atantot.com (see your teacher for the username and password)
www.zut.org.uk (see your teacher for the username and password)
www.hellomylo.com
www.pixton.com/uk/for-fun
http://comiclife.com/
http://goanimate.com/
http://voki.com/
www.ivona.com/en/

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