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.
The rooms part on there refers to upper site (i.e. computer room and room with an interactive whiteboard). Lower Site accommodation is 2 standard languages classrooms, but also there is access to a newly refurbished ICT suite, which is used regularly to enhance learning.
Mrs Davey is Curriculum Leader for MFL at Louth Academy, where the languages studied are French and Spanish at Key Stage 3, and French, German and Spanish at Key Stage 4. On both lower and upper site there are languages clubs at lunchtime and after school.
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).
Topics covered during each academic year:
Spanish – Myself, Meetings and Greetings, Numbers, My Family and Friends, Where I live, Food and Drink, Sports
French – Myself, Meetings and Greetings, Numbers, My Family and Friends, Education, Sports, Hobbies
Spanish – Past Holidays, Me and my Friends, Going out with Friends, Food and Drink, Town, Cultural Research Project
French – Food and Drink, Shopping, Past Holidays, Town, Going out with Friends, Cultural Research Project
Year 9 (start of AQA GCSE Course)
French – My Studies, Life at School/ College, Home, Town, Neighbourhood and Region, Free-Time Activities, Media and Technology in Everyday Life
French – Health, Free-Time, Holidays, Jobs, Food, Media and New Technology
German- Environment, Social Issues, Region, Holidays, School, Future Jobs / Careers, Relationships, Future Plans, Media and New Technology
French – Myself, Family, Friends and Relationships, Preparation for the Speaking Assessments, Revision of all other topics in all skill areas: Media, Free time, Festivals, Health, Where I live, Town, Region, Holidays, School, Future Plans, Jobs / Careers
Spanish – School, Future Jobs / Careers, Future plans, Preparation for the Speaking Assessments, Revision of all other topics in all skill areas: Myself, Family, Friends and Relationships, Media, Free time, Festivals, Health, Where I live, Town, Region, Holidays
The Language Clubs at lower site give students the opportunity to develop their interests in particular topics and it also allows them some more independent learning time. There are two clubs, one with an ICT focus and one where students can learn German. Clubs are 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 or Spanish, or a new language, whilst having fun! It also provides support with homework or other tasks.
At Upper Site there are several times available to students both at lunchtime and after school in the Languages Department. These are open to all Key Stage 4 students. The focus here is on improving skills or doing extra tasks or revision for their GCSE courses, or providing support with homework.
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.