New College Worcester (NCW), Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2JX
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Modern Foreign Languages

Head of Department: Mr Richard Roberts

Overview

We feel passionately that learning a foreign language enriches the curriculum and provides students with excitement, enjoyment and challenge. We believe that many children really enjoy learning to speak another language.

When we introduce students to the languages and cultures of others we help to create an environment in which they learn to respect the diversity of the society and the world in which we live.

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In the Modern Foreign Languages Department our objectives are:

  • To add an international dimension to students’ learning
  • To promote an interest in learning other languages
  • To develop an appreciation of the diversity of languages
  • To develop a better understanding of their own mother tongue
  • To help develop awareness of cultural similarities and differences in other countries
  • To develop the four skills: Listening (and responding), Speaking, Reading (and responding) and Writing
  • To support students to understand and communicate in a new language
  • To make connections in their learning with other curriculum subjects
  • To lay the foundations for future study and life-long language learning

In class we aim to inspire our students through interesting topics and an array of engaging teaching techniques. We use specially adapted resources that enable our students to be independent language learners and encourage the use of the target language at every opportunity.

We have small groups, which allow for more individual learning.

We give texts in many different formats – for example, English and foreign language braille, electronic, large print – and we work closely with Awarding Bodies regarding access arrangements for each individual student.

The department uses new, exciting text books, with up-to-date and authentic material, which are adapted to suit a student’s individual needs, as well as literary texts, films, podcasts and other on-line audio materials.

We use drama (role plays) and music (songs) to consolidate or reinforce material taught and to increase enjoyment and confidence.

We make use of raised pictures, Minolta swell illustrations and other objects to introduce topic vocabulary, in order to help gain a better understanding.

We have a selection of CDs and DVDs to support students’ learning.

We pride ourselves in the extensive extracurricular opportunities we provide for our students to be partnered with students in schools in Germany, France and Spain, as well as our long-running trips to these European countries.

Examples of Adaptations for Visually Impaired Students

Material will be adapted, depending on the degree of functional vision, the effects of additional disabilities, and the task to be done. Students may use braille, large print or standard print with the use of optical devices to communicate or foreign language screen readers (for example, NVDA).

Braille can either be produced using a standard Perkins brailler or by using print-to-braille translation software (for example, Duxbury). In this method, information is typed into the software and it is formatted into Braille.

Courses

We currently offer:

French:

FCSE French FCSE 2017

GCSE French GCSE 2017

A Level French A Level 2017

German:

FCSE German FCSE 2017

GCSE German GCSE 2017

A Level German A Level 2017

Spanish:

FCSE Spanish FCSE 2017

GCSE Spanish GSCE 2017

A Level Spanish A Level 2017

Conversation Club

Italian:

New A Level from September 2017

FCSE Italian FCSE 2017

GCSE (New GCSE from September 2017)

A Level: Edexcel Pearson Italian (Legacy Specification – examined for the last time in summer 2017)

Welsh:

Conversation Club

Have a look around NCW with our students who are studying Spanish: