Modern Foreign Languages
We are all international people these days and there is a very big world out there waiting for us to go and explore! And one of the very best ways to get started is through the study of languages. If you believe that “everyone speaks English”, then it’s time to find out that only about 5% of the world’s population speaks English as a first language!
Starting with the study of French and continuing on to learn Spanish, RSD pupils have a great opportunity to expand their horizons and become one of the 4 billion people in the world who speak more than one language.
Some of those people are right here in Northern Ireland. In fact, a recent survey uncovered the fact that the members of the RSD community speak over a dozen languages between them. Being skilled in the knowledge of other languages opens many doors in the world of work, both at home and further afield and is an asset in a very broad range of fields.
Past pupils who have gained good qualifications in languages at RSD have gone on to work in fields as varied as business, education, medicine, journalism and many more. Great opportunities await you as you join the MFL Department at RSD!
In the four periods of French that we have each week, we will use the four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing to promote our understanding of French and our skilful use of the language, and end of year examinations cover all of these areas. However, lots of games and interactive activities will help us have plenty of fun whilst we learn!
We cover some familiar topics, for example school life, but we learn how to develop our understanding of language and become more skilled at producing accurate language and understanding French in greater detail; our Spanish is not far behind! We also meet topics such as food and drink and how to order these in restaurants. Languages are very practical subjects! Opportunities will be provided for pupils to show their knowledge and progress in examinations which, as ever, cover the four main language skills.
Pupils will receive a great deal of guidance from their teachers regarding careers choices, and will be shown how to write about this in good quality French and Spanish. At the same time, we continue our practical theme by researching how to plan a trip to Paris in French class and through a project on Spanish fiestas. Many past pupils have gone on to travel to France and Spain on the back of knowledge and skills gained in class during Y10!
In addition, pupils will have the opportunity to spend time with our French and Spanish language assistants, practising and developing their spoken language in small groups. Those pupils who choose to study GCSE French will have the opportunity to participate in our trip to Paris which takes place every two years. Tripss to Barcelona and Salamanca have also taken place. GCSE French and Spanish at RSD are examined by CCEA and all examinations are taken at the end of Y12. There is no coursework element.
We also organise an additional one or two periods with the French and Spanish Assistants where communication is 100% in the target language; pupils make very rapid progress this way and always enjoy learning from a native speaker. Many extra-curricular opportunities exist for A Level French and Spanish pupils including film days at QUB, and participation in national debating and translation competitions.
Modern foreign Languages News Articles
Pastor Elisario Vargus who is President of the Baptist Association of Churches in Southern Peru along with his wife Esther who is Vice Principal of a school in Tacha, visited RSD on Monday 22nd May 2017.