- French IGCSE - CIE 7156, 9-1
- German IGCSE - CIE 7159, 9-1
- Spanish IGCSE - CIE 7160, 9-1
- Mandarin Chinese GCSE - AQA 4670, 9-1
- Russian GCSE - Pearson 1RU01, 9-1
Through the study of modern languages, you will understand and appreciate other cultures and peoples. You will enjoy exploring similarities and differences and relating these to your own experience. Studying languages is as important as ever in the modern world, empowering you with the cultural etiquette required for global employability. The Stephen Perse Foundation has a long tradition of success in language learning. If you wish to study languages at university, to increase your employability, to travel, or to use languages at work, it is a definite advantage to have two languages at GCSE.
The Modern Languages Department offers the opportunity to take two languages to IGCSE/GCSE. In Years 10 and 11 you will consolidate the basic structures of language that you have learned and develop your communication skills, discussing topics such as health, travel, the environment and hobbies. The teachers place importance on the teaching of grammar and accuracy both in speaking and in written work, and on the customs and culture of the countries, comparing them with our own.
Exchanges, study visits and activities such as Les Joutes Oratoires are arranged during the course. This experience strengthens your knowledge of the language, increases your confidence in speaking and raises your awareness of the culture. We consider these visits to be a most beneficial and worthwhile experience.
The four key skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking are assessed at the end of Year 11 and each paper carries 25% of the final mark.
The reading paper lasts 1 hour and includes multiple choice, true/false questions and questions in the foreign language.
The writing paper lasts 1 hour and comprises three written tasks.
The listening paper lasts 45 minutes and comprises multiple choice questions and questions in the foreign language.
- The speaking test is conducted by a member of staff and lasts 15 minutes. It includes two role plays, a presentation on a topic of your choice with a follow-up conversation and also a general conversation.
Guten Tag! Bonjour!
¡Buenos Días! 你好!