Studying Modern Foreign Languages at Bloxham School
French and Spanish are the two modern foreign languages offered at Bloxham. Students are taught how to use language effectively for practical communication, as well as how to use it imaginatively and creatively.
Modern foreign languages in the Lower School
Pupils in Lower School study French. Although many pupils who arrive at Bloxham in the First Form have studied French before, the courses runs ab initio so those with no background in the language are not disadvantaged. Teaching focuses on communication whilst not neglecting the important role grammar plays in languages. Pupils listen to, speak, read and write the language in most lessons and the majority of the day-to-day classroom instructions are in the foreign language.
Modern foreign languages in the Middle School
In the Third Form all pupils, unless following the Dyslexia Course, study both French and Spanish with at least one modern language compulsory to GCSE. Many pupils take public examinations in both languages. It is also possible to study Latin to GCSE, but those who do so must then take French as their MFL.
Both modern foreign language examinations follow the same pattern, with the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening all being tested as a terminal examination with the EDEXCEL IGCSE.
Modern foreign languages in the Sixth Form
In the Sixth Form we focus on developing comprehension and expression, both written and spoken, in order to be able to use the foreign language in as many different contexts as possible. We also aim to enhance pupils' knowledge of the country and its culture.
The examination is a progression from GCSE and again tests the four skill areas. At A Level pupils are expected to have a deeper understanding of the grammatical concepts and ability to read and listen to more authentic language from a variety of sources. In the second year of Sixth Form study pupils should be capable of understanding the target language from most sources: radio, TV, newspapers…even stand-up comedians! The A Level oral examination tests pupils’ ability to engage in a debate about a chosen issue, in which they are required to adopt and defend a particular viewpoint. The written paper includes a prose translation, and two essays based upon a cultural topic, one of which must be a literary text.
Who teaches modern foreign languages?
Head of Department: Mr Dave McLellan (French and Spanish)
Other teaching staff: Mrs Christine McCaffrey (French and Spanish), Mr Richard Devesa (Head of Spanish and French), Miss Elena Lesu and Mrs Jane Cochran
Support Staff: Armelle Warrener (French Assistant)