Modern Foreign Languages
Modern Foreign Languages represent one of the pillars of the curriculum at TTC. The College recognises that Modern Foreign Languages are not only about learning a new skill and opening the minds to a different thought process but a necessary criterion to be accepted by some of the top UK universities.
At Key Stage 3 both French and German lessons prepare students to communicate successfully in the foreign language in practical situations, aim to enable the understanding of different cultures, customs and daily life of the relevant countries, and to encourage a positive attitude to foreign language learning and culture. Teaching is lively and relies heavily on the communicative approach, with the focus on speaking and listening. Students are encouraged to communicate in the target language through the use of visuals and other stimuli.
French and German at Key Stage 3
Our textbooks are Studio for French and Stimmt for German. These courses are closely linked to the National Curriculum guidelines which ensure that lessons are taught mainly in the foreign language, with emphasis on real-life situations. The Modern Languages department is well resourced, equipped with interactive whiteboards in each classroom.
French and German at Key Stage 4
Following from a thorough preparation course at KS3, French and German GCSE courses are taught over two years. Students’ learning and progress are supported by frequent reviews and mini-assessments. We follow a linear course, with final examination in
We also offer languages at KS5, where we are able to offer small group tuition and a personalised learning approach.
Topics we study
Year 7 French and German
Greetings and introductions, classroom objects and vocabulary, personal details, countries and nationalities, numbers, time, dates, the alphabet, family, friends, pets, mealtimes, food and drink, school subjects, colours, clothes, and expressing opinions.
Year 8 Topics:
French: Myself, friends and family, free time, hobbies, school and education, places in town, means of transport, names of countries, weather, holiday accommodation, asking for directions, food and drink.
German: School and education, future plans, food and drink, means of transport, names of countries, weather, holiday accommodation, asking for directions.
Year 9 Topics:
We begin studying for the GCSE in Year 9 and follow the AQA course.
French: Family and friends, going out, leisure activities to include media
German: School life, leisure activities to include media, family and friends
Why Study a Language?
Common myths and misconceptions
Everyone speaks English, don't they?
Well, no. Actually only about 6.5% of the world's population speak it as a first language. Researchers calculate that another 18.5% speak it as a second or foreign language which leaves 75% of humanity who don't understand a word. No-one would deny that English is now a global language, and that there has been a massive growth in English learning throughout the world - but that just means that the world is becoming more multilingual - and monolingual English speakers are being left behind. Today there is a global market for jobs. Once others speak English, they can compete for jobs in the English-speaking market. They are not learning English for our benefit!
Jobs with languages don't pay well
Because of the shortage of English native speakers with language skills, employers are willing to pay over the odds. The Guardian reported last year that secretarial and clerical staff with languages can earn 20% extra than those with only English. Another survey of the jobs market generally found employers paid on average 8% more for staff with languages. Having another language often gives you the edge when it comes to promotion or competing for a plum job.
There's no demand for language skills in the jobs market
You may be surprised to know that language graduates have lower rates of unemployment than graduates in the great majority of other subjects - only 3% of German graduates were still unemployed at the time of a recent survey, as opposed to over 5% of those with degrees in Business Studies, and an amazing 8% of those who did Computing. Employers are waking up to the need to recruit people with languages - and not just the obvious ones either. Community languages such as Arabic, Urdu and Chinese are increasingly being required too, as are Welsh and British Sign Language. Rest assured if you choose languages your skills will be in high demand.
It doesn't teach you anything worthwhile
Another language is a concrete and demonstrable skill - like being able to drive a car or touch type. But learning a language teaches you all sorts of other valuable things too - which you'll find invaluable later when you get into work. Using language to persuade, argue or explain, preparing presentations, putting text in different forms for different audiences, just putting ideas across clearly - all these are vital skills for the workplace, whatever language you're operating in. Learning how to interact with speakers of other languages can help you to see things from a range of perspectives - making you more adaptable, creative, and insightful. The ability to operate cross-culturally is becoming just as much valued by employers as straight language skills.
Languages are not a vocational option
Languages can be studied in an academic way - but many courses are really practical, especially those that combine languages with another subject. The range of vocational degrees involving a language is virtually limitless - from Accountancy with Russian to Engineering with Italian. Subjects like Business Studies or IT combine particularly well with a language and you'll get a much broader range of possibilities after graduating. And even if you don't want to do a language as a main subject, many universities offer institution-wide language programmes which mean you can take up a new language or keep up one your learnt at school alongside your other subjects.
Tips for parents
Learning a foreign language – How can you help your child?
Support from parents/carers can make a big difference to a child’s confidence with regard to the learning of a foreign language. There are many activities, which you can do with your child:
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