Bienvenue, Willkommen, Bienvenido to the Modern Languages Curriculum Area at Louth Academy.
Studying a language at Louth Academy helps our students to develop the cultural knowledge and linguistic competences necessary to compete in the international arena.
Please explore these pages to find out more about what we offer.
Students develop their four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in a variety of contexts to prepare them for language use in the global community. We cater for a range of different learning styles: visual, aural and kinaesthetic. There is scope for students' personal growth as learners, through active participation in class lessons and homework, which provides students with the ability to communicate effectively and with confidence, both orally and in writing, in a variety of styles and situations in the target language.
Students are encouraged to express personal opinions and communicate effectively in a range of "real life" situations; for example, business transactions, ordering food in a restaurant and asking for information about a town.
Our Language Laboratory provides students with the opportunity to enhance their computer skills and it also grants a further opportunity for oral and aural practise through the use of headphones and microphones.
There are currently two language classrooms in the Curriculum Area; one of which is a language laboratory, equipped with twenty eight computers and specialist language learning software (Sanako). This sort of technology enables the students to work on their speech and pronunciation as well as interacting on a one-on-one basis with the teacher and other students. The other classroom is equipped with an Interactive White Board. The whiteboard allows the teacher to produce highly motivating and interactive lessons, which the pupils thoroughly enjoy. In addition to all this, we provide the students with the latest edition textbooks and exercise books.
Mrs Davey teaches in the Modern Languages Department at Louth Academy. She is a highly motivated teacher and encourages the students to learn and enjoy French, Spanish and German. Mrs Davey runs a Key Stage 3 Languages Club (Years 7 and 8) on a Thursday after school and a Key Stage 4 GCSE Club on a Friday lunchtime (Years 9, 10 and 11).
Once a year, we organise for a French theatre production company to come to the Academy and perform a play entirely in French. We organise for the play to be based around topic specific vocabulary which the students have covered in lessons. This will also be useful for their GCSE exams, so they are fully able to understand the play.
Key Stage 3:
Students follow the National Curriculum in Modern Foreign Languages.
Key Stage 4:
Currently new specification GCSE in French (AQA), GCSE in Spanish (AQA) and in German (AQA).
The assessment is weighted:
Students are entered for all examinations at either Foundation Tier (Grades 1-5) or Higher Tier (Grades 4-9).
A Language Club gives students the opportunity to develop their interests in particular topics and it also allows them some more independent learning time. The club is held once a week and is on offer for all year 7 and 8 students. The focus is very much on what interests the students, so we welcome their input. It is a good way to meet new people and learn some extra French whilst having fun! It also provides support with homework or other tasks.
Just under 50% of companies lose business because of language barriers. At Louth Academy, we aim to provide our students with opportunities to make themselves stand out to future employers. Linguistic competence is a much sought after skill.
Learning a language shows that you are a brave individual who is not afraid of a challenge. You have a well-trained memory in order to learn and recall all the extra words in a foreign language. You are able to converse in another language and therefore likely to be adept at communicating in your mother tongue too. You are open minded and like to try new things. You can perform well, even when under pressure, as you can successfully converse in a foreign language without prior preparation.
Learning a language allows you to better appreciate and understand cultural and historical connections. You are confident and can talk to lots of different people in the world. You persevere when things become difficult, because learning a language is not easy but it is worth it.