Modern Foreign Languages

French, Spanish & German

Subject Overview

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart” (Nelson Mandela). At Eltham Hill School, students can choose to complete a language GCSE in either French, Spanish or German. It can be part of the prestigious Ebacc qualification, but does not necessarily have to be so.

Course Content

Theme 1 – Identity and Culture

Who Am I? – • Relationships • When I was younger • What my friends and family are like • Role models • What makes a good friend? • Interests • Socialising with friends and family

Daily Life – • Customs and everyday life • Food and drink • Shopping, social media and technology (use of, advantages and disadvantages)

Cultural Life – • Celebrations and festivals • Reading • Music • Sport • Film and television

Theme 2 – Local Area, Holiday and Travel

Holidays – • Preferences • Experiences • Destinations

Travel and Tourist Transactions – • Travel and accommodation • Asking for help and dealing with problems • Directions • Eating out • Shopping

Town, Region and Country – • Weather • Places to see • Things to do

Theme 3 – School

What School is Like – • School types • Subjects • Rules and pressure • Celebrating success

School Activities – • School trips • Events and exchanges

Theme 4 – Future Aspirations, Study and Work

Using Languages Beyond the Classroom – • Forming relationships • Travel • Employment

Ambitions – • Further study • Volunteering • Training

Work – • Jobs, careers and professions

Theme 5 – International and global dimension

Bringing the World Together – • Sports events • Music events • Campaigns and good causes

Environmental Issues – • Being ‘green’ • Access to natural resources

Exams and Assessment

Paper Skill Marks Duration (F/H)
Paper 1 Listening 25% 35/45 minutes
Paper 2 Speaking 25% 8/11 minutes
Paper 3 Reading 25% 45/60 minutes
Paper 4 Writing 25% 70/80 minutes

Why choose Modern Foreign Languages?

During the three years of the course, students acquire a large range of vocabulary and practise their speaking and writing skills in class, and with the support of language assistants who are native speakers. Students also develop their proficiency in their listening and reading skills through the use of authentic materials, and learn how to increase their level of accuracy by focusing on various grammar concepts. Students familiarise themselves with the French, Spanish and German cultures, by attending residential and day trips abroad and using resources such as French, Spanish and German songs and videos.

Languages are an academic, highly-regarded subject, considered by colleges and universities as extremely desirable when recruiting students. Languages help students to develop numerous life skills, including:

  • Excellent communication
  • Greater self-management
  • Enhanced creativity
  • Strong team player
  • Increased confidence
  • Reflective independent learner

These skills will prepare you for a wide selection of professions, including international journalism, travel & tourism, translation & interpreting, finance, teaching, public relations, business services. Most importantly, languages are fun to learn and give you the privilege of taking part in one-day and/or residential trips to France, Spain and Germany!