We aim to prepare students to become global citizens and compete for jobs in the international marketplace by inspiring a lifelong love of languages and developing independent language learning skills through an emphasis on linguistic manipulation, grammar and authentic materials.
Programmes of Study
All pupils from Year 7 to Year 10 study content under the following five themes: Identity and culture, Local area, Holiday and travel, School and Future aspirations, Study and work and International and global dimension.
Schemes of work
Marking and Assessment
Please access the link to our current Assessment Policy.
Our pupils study for Edexcel GCSE in German, French and Spanish in Key Stage 4. In line with the new GCSEs, all examinations will be terminal and are equally weighted (25%) between Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening.
Mrs R Wilkinson - Curriculum Leader for Languages
Miss B Cosgrove - Teacher of Languages (Acting curriculum leader for languages)
Miss J Cree - Teacher of Languages
Miss L Preston - Teacher of Languages
Mr A Stalker - Teacher of Languages
- The department offers a vast range of activities, including the following (not exhaustive list):
- Spanish visit
- Pen pal letters to Spain and France
- Andalusia trip
- Various college visits in school
- University of Manchester visits
- Competitions such as the MFL Spelling Bee;
- Arabic Club
- House competitions
- Family Learning
- Catch-up sessions and clubs.
How can parents supports their children
You don’t need to be a linguist to help your child achieve their potential.
Encourage them to learn their vocabulary. – Research shows that you need 1,000 words to be able to communicate in a language – and to gain a grade C at GCSE. If your child learned 10 words every week during term time from year 7 to year 11, they would take their GCSE exam with a vocabulary of 1,800 words. They will regularly be given learning homework, which is every bit as important as the written tasks their teacher sets, and they need to develop good learning habits from year 7.
Core Vocab lists are available for Year 7 and 8 below.
Core Vocab lists for KS4 are available below.
Let them teach you. One of the most effective ways to learn is by teaching someone else. Sit down with your child and let them show you what they have learned. Why should your child be the only one to benefit from a Parklands education?
Help them enjoy their favourite activities in a foreign language. Encourage your child to find music in the language they are studying and listen to it or, even better, sing along. Check their favourite DVDs to see whether they have foreign language audio or subtitles and watch them in the foreign language which they are studying. Find clips on YouTube. Look at the websites for foreign football teams or film stars. Find game sites – both language games but also the games they already enjoy but with foreign language instructions.
- See the potential in learning a language. Half of British businesses want employees who speak French or German and 44 per cent want people who speak Spanish, (Source: CBI Language Trends survey 2013). Help your child to realise that they are not simply learning a few phrases to experiment with on holiday. They are preparing to become part of a global workforce and it is a myth that most people in the world speak English. In fact only an estimated 1 in 10 people in the world have any knowledge of English. (Source: United Nations) Language skills can help your child gain better jobs and will open up amazing opportunities. Languages can be useful in any career but are in particular demand in engineering, manufacturing, banking and finance and the aid and development sector as well as the more obvious areas such as the leisure and tourism industry.