Modern Languages

The team     Information by years    How can I help my daughter    Career progression    Trips and activities


Languages offered - French, Russian and Spanish.


The Team

Ariane Gandi – Head of Department
Miss Gandi joined St Augustine's Priory in 2003. She is the Director of Sixth Form Since she started, she has taught French from LI to UVI, Spanish from LIV to Lower V and Latin to UII and Form III. She is also Head of Modern Foreign Languages. She has always had a passion for teaching and before coming into the UK in 2000 she worked as part of an integration programme to teach French to newly arrived immigrants.

Francoise Assémat - Junior subject co-ordinator
Miss Assémat has taught French at St Augustine’s Priory since 2004. She has taught From Lower I to Upper VI.    

Irena Maryniak

Irena Maryniak has taught Russian to small groups of Augustinian since 2007, taking classes from Lower IV to Upper VI. She has also taught French to girls from Lower V to Upper VI, offering supplementary classes where required. Dr Maryniak also works as a translator (Russian-English and Polish-English) and reviews east European cultural journals for the Eurozine website.

Ari Alejandro

Mr Alejandro joined St Augustine's in September 2012 and has taught French at Key Stages 2 and 3, and Spanish from Key Stage 3 through to A-Level. Before joining St Augustine's Mr Alejandro taught English at a university in Mexico and studied at King's College London. His passion for languages has seen him backpack through Cuba and Central America, whilst each summer he cycles around France.

Aims:
• To develop the ability to use French, Spanish or Russian for the purposes of practical communication.
• To develop an awareness of language learning.
• To offer insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries where the languages are spoken and encourage positive attitudes to them.
• To provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation.
• To prepare pupils for public examinations.

Objectives:
• To understand and respond to spoken language.
• To communicate in speech.
• To understand and respond to the written language.
• To communicate in writing

Information by years

Ages 8 - 11
Unlike many schools we at St Augustine's believe that experienced specialist teachers are the key to success. From the word go all pupils are taught languages by a specialist teacher who is able to bring a depth and richness of experience to lessons, as well as a real love and enthusiasm for their subject.
Pupils begin learning French from Lower I (Year 3).but are familiarised with the Language already in Prep 1.  From the outset we focus on practical communication reinforced with clear explanations and practice of the grammar of the language. The lessons are pacey and dynamic. Pupils are encouraged to see learning languages as an enjoyable activity and look forward to their French lessons. We aim to exceed substantially QCA guidelines for Key Stage 2. The course materials used have clear grammatical explanations and challenging exercises that provide a solid basis for further study.
By the end of Upper II (Year 6), as pupils move into the Senior School, they are normally working at an impressive level, beyond many Year 8 or 9 pupils (age 12 - 14) in other schools.


Ages 11 - 14

French
As girls move into the Senior School they are well placed to advance quickly. Girls who join the School at this stage are offered lots of help to catch up, if necessary, and are carried along by the enthusiasm of their classmates. In Upper IV (Year 9) the most able will take their GCSE a full two years early.


Spanish
Spanish is introduced to the girls in Lower IV (Year 8). Again the girls progress rapidly because the skills required for foreign language learning are already firmly implanted. Their knowledge and understanding of grammar and linguistic structure mean they are able to move fast. We are also supported by the fact that all the girls will have studied some Latin (See Classics Department).
At the end of Upper IV (Year 9) girls opt for a GCSE course to study the following year. In nearly all cases they take the GCSE after one year, in Lower V (Year 10), although a few prefer to work at a gentler pace over two.


Russian
In Lower IV, the girls have the option to study Russian instead of Spanish and to pursue this option to GCSE.  They become familiar with the Cyrillic alphabet and learn to express themselves in simple language about topics such as their home and family, their interests, ambitions, school and holidays. Russian is taught in small groups so personal attention is assured.


Ages 14 - 16


French   (IGCSE Edexcel 4FR0)
http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocuments/IGCSE%20New%20IGCSE/IGCSE-French-and-Spanish-issue-2.pdf

At the end of Upper IV (Year 9) girls opt for a GCSE course to study the following year. It is a solid two year course which gives the students an excellent foundation to continue the subject further if they wish to.
At all levels girls at St Augustine's have the opportunity to achieve significantly beyond the average for their peers in most other schools.


Spanish   (IGCSE 4SP0)
http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocuments/IGCSE%20New%20IGCSE/IGCSE-French-and-Spanish-issue-2.pdf

At the end of Upper IV (Year 9) girls opt for a GCSE course to study the following year. It is a solid two year course which gives the students an excellent foundation to continue the subject further if they wish to.
At all levels girls at St Augustine's have the opportunity to achieve significantly beyond the average for their peers in most other schools.


Russian   (Edexcel 1241)
http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocuments/Current%20GCSE/17361_uk_quals_gcse_mfl_gcse_1241_17361.PDF

Russian is also available as a GCSE option.  The language acquired in Lower IV is further consolidated as pupils learn to write and speak with greater confidence using more complicated linguistic structures.  Good grades in GCSE have been achieved within two years, although most girls are likely to choose a Russian course lasting three or four years before taking the GCSE examination.

All our GCSE Language students have the opportunity to attend Language conferences related to their subject.

Modern Languages in the Sixth Form

At Sixth Form level language lessons have an increasingly academic focus. It is expected that girls will start at this level with a sound knowledge and understanding of the language they are studying. They would be expected to express themselves effectively and have a high level of fluency in the language by the end of the course.

Age 16 - 18 or Key Stage 5


GCE French and Spanish - Edexcel Examination Board
The topic areas studied through the medium of French or Spanish at AS level are:
• Youth culture and concerns
• Lifestyle: health and fitness
• The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the French / Spanish-speaking world
• Education and employment.

A2 level there is some study of literary texts plus the following topic areas:
• Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions
• National and international events: past, present and future
• Literature and the arts.

Edexcel French Specification http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocuments/GCE%20New%20GCE/UA024841%20GCE%20in%20French%20Iss2%20210510.pdf
Edexcel Spanish Specification
http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocuments/GCE%20New%20GCE/UA024855%20GCE%20in%20Spanish%20Iss2%20210510.pdf

Edexcel Russian Specification
http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocuments/GCE%20New%20GCE/UA024854%20GCE%20in%20Russian%20Iss2.pdf

All our A Level Language students have the opportunity to attend Language conferences related to their subject. They will all be registered to Kerboodle and have full access to online resources complementing the A Level course http://www.kerboodle.com/


How can I help my daughter?

KS1 
French
This is only the beginning! It is all about having fun and becoming more familiar with new words. Lower I and Lower II use Skoldo, a workbook which includes a CD. So do not hesitate to listen to it at home and repeat with your daughter all this new exciting vocabulary.
There are also a few good websites, for example http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/french/ or http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/


KS2 
French
More writing is involved and their level of French is becoming more solid so regular practice of spellings is essential.  Your daughters can also refer to their CGP French KS3 at any time to consolidate their knowledge.
Your daughter can also consolidate what she has learned with a few games and exercises on : 

http://www.languagesresources.co.uk/FrenchGames.html
http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/


KS3 
French
Your daughter has now her Malvern Vocabulary Guide and her CGP GCSE French which are both essential tools to expand vocabulary or check some of these challenging grammar rules.
In Lower IV, your daughter will also be able to use her Malvern Speaking Guide, a great help when she needs to write longer paragraphs.
There are also some very useful sites your daughter can use to consolidate her knowledge :
http://www.languagesresources.co.uk/FrenchGames.html
http://wildfrench.co.uk/
http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/
http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~creitan/grammar.htm#8

Spanish
Your daughter has now her Malvern Vocabulary Guide, Malvern speaking Guide and her CGP GCSE French which are both essential tools to expand vocabulary or check some of these challenging grammar rules..
http://www.languagesresources.co.uk/SpanishGames.html
http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/

Russian
In addition to  the textbooks offered (Novaya Iskra and  Zhili Byli)  and materials from the specifically designed GCSE courses Vnimanie and Marsh!, the following websites may be useful:
www.bbc.co.uk/languages/russian
http://learningrussian.net
www.practicerussian.com


KS4
French
Your daughter has now chosen French as one of her GCSEs. The main things are now to learn vocabulary independently and be confident with the use of the different tenses. So she should not hesitate to use some of these websites to consolidate her knowledge!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/french/
http://wildfrench.co.uk/
http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/
http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~creitan/grammar.htm
http://platea.pntic.mec.es/cvera/hotpot/chansons/
http://lingro.com/
 - website which enables you to look up words on a foreign language website instantly

http://www.voki.com/ - ideal to practice your accent

Spanish
Your daughter has now chosen Spanish as one of her GCSEs. The main things are now to learn vocabulary independently and be confident with the use of the different tenses. So she should not hesitate to use some of these websites to consolidate her knowledge!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/spanish/
http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/
http://www.voki.com/ - ideal to practice your accent

Russian

At GCSE level, pupils may enjoy pursuing their interest in Russian through the following sites:
www.ruslang.com
www.practicerussian.com   (for word games, crosswords and other learning materials)
www.russianresources.info  (offering a guide to free online courses, grammar guides, software, books, vocabulary builders and other resources)
http://multilingualbooks.com/freelessons-russian.html


KS5 

To identify the very best students, the Russell Group which represents the top 24 leading UK Universities,  introduced a list in order to inform schools which subjects they expect pupils to take at A-Level if they wish to stand a better chance of obtaining a place one of its universities. Among these subjects you will find Languages (Modern and Classical).   

French
At A Level, your daughter really need to read around the subject, must go to the country, read French magazines, keep informed of the latest event in France and other French speaking countries, listen to French music and make the most of the French Institute in South Kensington.
To widen her knowledge of French and get familiar with authentic documents your daughter will be given a list of useful sites. She could start to consult these websites:
http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/news/2005.shtml
http://www.tv5.org/TV5Site/enseigner-apprendre-francais/accueil_apprendre.php
http://lingro.com/
 -  website which enables you to look up words on a foreign language website instantly
http://www.voila.fr/
http://fr.yahoo.com/?r138=1378542166

It is essential to spend some time in France at this stage, we highly recommend Ardmore Educational Travel who organises homestays and work experience for language students as some of our girls have been delighted with their experience abroad through this company.

Spanish

At A Level, your daughter really need to read around the subject, must go to the country, read Spanish magazines, keep informed of the latest event in Spain and other Spanish speaking countries, listen to Spanish music and make the most of all available authentic resources online
To widen her knowledge of Spanish and get familiar with authentic documents she should consult these websites:
http://languagesonline.org.uk/
http://www.muyinteresante.es/

Russian
When studying for A-level, students will find it useful to continue referring to materials already cited, as well as to texts published as part of the Navigator course, provided by the school. In addition they should be aware of events at the Russian Language Centre, Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA (http://russiancentre.co.uk). They should also watch out for cultural events such as film-showings organised by Academia Rossica (http://academia-rossica.org). 
Russian language newspapers and magazines, published both in Russia and in the UK, are widely available, and should be treated as essential resources for the A-level course.


Career progression


A range of opportunities are open to students to further develop language skills and knowledge of contemporary society. Some students choose to do degree courses in modern languages; others choose to do another subject combined with a language. Having a language at AS or A Level improves employability, particularly with companies who have international branches.


Trips and Activities

At St Augustine's we recognise the importance of affording pupils the opportunity to use their language skills in an authentic context. Here are details of some of our recent visits. The programme is varied annually but all our pupils from Form III (Year 7) upwards have the chance to participate. Learning is fun and purposeful and the up-take for these activities is high.

 

Destination

Visit type

Target Group

Lille

Home-stay   visit with language tuition in the mornings and cultural visits in the   afternoons.

Lower   IV

(Each September)

Salamanca

Home-stay   visit with language school tuition in the mornings and cultural visits in the   afternoons.

Lower V to Upper VI

(every 2 years – December 2014)

France ( Tbc)

Home-stay   visit with language tuition in the mornings and cultural activities in the   afternoons

Lower V to Upper VI

 ( every 2 years, alternating with the Spanish trip)

St Petersburg

Hotel accommodation and cultural visits. Possibility to visit a school and meet Russian students.

Upper IV and Upwards

( Summer 2015)

 

 

The Form 3 take part in Linguatrivia (http://linguatrivia.com/) Linguatrivia is an annual competition open to Year 7 students around the country. Students are entered into the competition and have to sit a 30-minute national test. Sponsored by Linguascope, the competition offers a range of fabulous prizes.  Every participant will receive a certificate and a prize!

All our students from the Junior and the Senior school will have the opportunity to watch a play in French and Spanish adapted to their level of learning. We invite every year the Theatre company Onatti Production and this has always been a success

 


Clubs

·         Conversation club every Friday at 1.00

·         Film club – Watch out for times and films

·         MFL Surgery – every Tuesday at 1.00

  


In-class Projects

All students have the opportunity to stretch their knowledge of the language and to use it in a creative way through projects done regularly at the end of most topics.

To give just a few examples:

·         Form 3 have filmed themselves cooking a French meal

·         Lower 4 have displayed their favourite films and actors in French

·         Upper 4 have planned a 3 week back packing trip around a chosen Latin American country

·         Upper 4 have created tourist posters in Russian.