Subjects


Modern Languages Department

Aims

  • To develop pupils as individuals, as contributors to society and as contributors to the economy and the environment
  • To maintain and stimulate lasting pupil curiosity, enjoyment and interest in language learning.
  • To create and maintain a positive classroom atmosphere where pupils wish to learn and are encouraged to actively participate in lessons.
  • To enable each pupil to realise her full potential in a variety of situations, supported by appropriate resources, to ensure the highest level of achievement is attained.
  • To enable every pupil to develop her ability to use the target language in order to communicate effectively.
  • To encourage positive attitudes to language learning, to foreigners and foreign cultures.
  • To enable pupils to become familiar with a body of knowledge, principles, skills and vocabulary in the target language.
  • To encourage pupils to work independently and as part of a team in the target language, thus contributing to the development of key skills such as ICT, literacy and numeracy.
  • To enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as politeness, concern for others, mutual respect and initiative.

Staff

  • T McVey
  • K Callaghan
  • C Devlin

KS3

Pupils study one of the 3 languages the College has to offer, i.e. French, Spanish or Irish. All pupils will have 3 timetabled language lessons per week at Key Stage 3. The 4 language skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing are externally assessed at the end of year 10. This provides every pupil with the opportunity to gain an external qualification (OLA Certificate) in a Modern Language before GCSE.

GCSE

In light of the revised curriculum and changes to GCSE language course specifications, there is an emphasis on the development of practical speaking and writing skills at GCSE. These are currently assessed through outcome-based ‘Controlled Assessments’ instead of exams. Listening and Reading Skills are assessed in Year 12. Flexibility also allows students to be assessed at different times of the year. This means there is more choice and control over topics— pupils can focus on one ‘theme’ for their speaking and writing assessments or consider different themes if they so wish. What will you study? The Individual:     Relationships: families & friends/ Local Environment: advantages & disadvantages/ Activities: daily routine & leisure activities / Health & Lifestyle: diet, exercise & illness. Citizenship:       Social Issues: problems in society & equality/ Travel & tourism: destinations & choices/ Environmental Issues: attitudes to and responsibilities for litter, transport, energy, conservations & recycling/ Media & communications/ Celebrations: festivals & customs. Employability:   School Life/ Part-time jobs: advantages & disadvantages/ Future Plans: choices & expectations  

Post 16

Pupils can select any language to study at A'Level and depending on numbers,  courses will run in one of the schools affiliated to the Foyle Learning Community.

Examination Performance

Year No. of entries A* -C % *A-G 
2015 28 86% 100%
2014 30 80%% 100%
2013 15 80% 100%

Extra Curricular

Pupils who come to St. Mary's from the Bunscoil will have an opportunity to attend extra classes to prepare them for GCSE Irish which they will sit at the end of 2nd year. Pupils will also have opportunities to take part in quizzes and competitions, language breakfasts and trips to the Gaeltacht.  Trips to France and Spain are always popular with pupils as well!