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The Buckingham School

The Buckingham School

Modern Foreign Languages

We would like to extend a very warm welcome from the Modern Languages Department at The Buckingham School.  We are a hard-working and dynamic team, offering a diverse range of teaching styles and backgrounds.  The Department is made up of the following members of staff:

Mrs R Caesar - Curriculum Leader 

Mrs Christina Hernandez – Spanish Teacher

Such a broad and specialist Department offers nothing but the best in terms of quality of teaching and learning. The European dimension is brought ever closer through the range of trips and visits offered by the Department including study visits to France one of them being a four day cultural visit to Paris and to Lille. We are lucky enough to currently have native teachers who can bring more authentic cultural knowledge as well as ensuring the best possible accent for our students.

In today's global economy, companies dealing with international markets are increasingly demanding better language skills of their workforce.  Learning a Modern Foreign Language is a skill for life which will enhance both communication skills and employment prospects. Many of the skills taught will help students to gain an insight into other countries and cultures and well as improving their own literacy skills by teaching techniques required to access and understand language.

Exam Support for Year 11 Students

Year 7 and 8

When your child starts at The Buckingham School they learn a modern foreign language, as required by the National Curriculum. Some of our intake will take Spanish, while the remainder will take French. The language starts  in September and will be continued throughout Year 7 and 8.  It is our usual practice to teach language lessons in form groups which means that it will be a matter of chance whether your child takes French or Spanish as their first modern foreign language.  However, if you have a special reason for wanting your child to take one language in preference over the other, this can be considered.  In our experience, an acquaintance with any language at primary school is a great base for future linguists whatever language they learn.

Year  9 and 10

In Year 9, all students will have the option of continuing with languages and will have the choice of either French or Spanish to GCSE level.

Year 11 – GCSE

We follow the AQA specification for both languages.  The course aims to develop students’ language skills within a variety of contexts, relating to their own lifestyle and that of other people, including people in countries/communities where the Target Language is spoken.  The course builds on Key Stage 3 study and prepares students for further study.

Ten Reasons to Learn a Foreign language

  1. To increase global understanding
  2. To improve employment potential
  3. Better your own Language skills
  4. To sharpen cognitive and life skills
  5. Stand out when applying for Higher Education
  6. To appreciate international literature, music, and film
  7. To make travel more feasible and enjoyable
  8. To expand study abroad options
  9. To increase understanding of oneself and one's own culture
  10. To make lifelong friends 

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