Our Modern Foreign Languages Department enjoys excellent facilities in a suite of rooms which all have data projectors and screens, together with three interactive whiteboards and 30 laptops available for use in any MFL classroom. We have four full time and two part time language specialist teachers with a very strong, supportive and successful team ethic. All staff teach French, five teach German and four teach Spanish.
All students start one language in Year 7 - French, German or Spanish and the vast majority will continue with this first language to GCSE level. At Woodkirk we put a very high value on all students having the opportunity to complete a language GCSE. Some students are given the opportunity at the end of Year 8 to become dual-linguists and take two languages to GCSE level. In Year 7, students are taught in their form group, which is mixed ability, but from Year 8 onward they are setted according to ability. In Year 9, students follow a three year GCSE full course which enables them to improve their language skills in all four areas. French, German and Spanish are also offered at AS and A2 Level.
We hold 3 annual cross-curricular cultural days, including a French dinner and lunchtime activities to celebrate Bastille Day, a mini German Christmas Market and a Spanish Fiesta Day. We also celebrate the European Day of Languages which gives students the opportunity to feel part of the European Community, while having fun exploring different European languages and cultures. Our Year 12 students are afforded the opportunity to use their language skills with visits to Berlin and Lille where they are exposed to the culture and language first hand. All students at Woodkirk get to experience a little of what other countries have to offer.
The department uses Zoom Deutsch, Zoom espagñol and Allez français textbooks in Years 7 and 8, and the Nelson Thornes AQA textbooks in Key Stages 4 and 5. In addition to normal timetabled lessons, all students are given the opportunity to attend our support and homework clubs in their chosen language every Thursday after school and break time on Monday and Wednesday. Here staff, Sixth Form students and Years 9, 10 and 11 Elite Linguists help and encourage students who need extra support or for those students who have a real enthusiasm for foreign language, a chance to further increase their knowledge and skills.