Welcome to the Languages Department
The purpose of study of a modern foreign language here at Branston Community Academy is to provide an opening into other cultures. We feel that it is essential that our students build an appreciation and respect for other cultures and learn to see the world from different perspectives as they develop a better understanding of their role both as members of our school community as well as citizens of the wider world.
Through learning a language at BCA, we give students the opportunity to develop their aspirations and become competent, enthusiastic linguists with an appreciation for other cultures; who are equipped with practical language skills, allowing them to make the most of their experiences in TL countries in the future, as well as maximising their potential in a foreign language to pursue this academic study further in HE/FE and in certain careers, should they so wish.
|In a French Speaking Country
|Year 8 French||Food and Drink|
TV and films
|Jobs and future|
|Year 8 German||Basics|
Family and pets
|Out and about|
|Year 9 French||Identity and culture- Who am I?||Identity and culture- Daily life||Identity and culture- Cultural life|
|Year 9 German||Identity and culture- leisure time||Identity and culture- Who am I?||School- What school is like; School activities|
|Year 10 French||Local area, holiday and travel- Town, region and country||Local area, holiday and travel- Holidays; Travel and tourist attractions||School- What school is like; School activities|
|Year 10 German||Identity and culture- Daily life||Local area, holiday and travel- Holidays; Travel and tourist attractions||Local area, holiday and travel- Holidays|
|Year 11 French||Future Aspirations, Ambitions; Using languages beyond the classroom|
|International and global dimension- Bringing the world together; Environmental issues||Revision and Exams|
|Year 11 German||Future Aspirations, Ambitions; Using languages beyond the classroom|
International and global dimension- Bringing the world together; Environmental issues
Studying a language at GCSE allows students to be able to conduct themselves in range of situations in the target language country, as well as increasing their cultural awareness of traditions and customs in countries where the language is spoken.
Taking a GCSE in a modern foreign language also allows students to continue their studies at A-level. A-level languages provide a much more in-depth knowledge of both the language and the culture, preparing students for potential further education at degree level, or ready to continue their language use in the workplace.
Recently, we have begun to offer students at A-level the possibility of taking part in a week’s work experience abroad, through Blue Stamp Travel. Students specify their areas of interest in terms of future work and they are matched to an appropriate workplace in France on Germany, depending on the language studied.
Studying a foreign language can open up many career opportunities – these are so wide-ranging they are hard to list. Careers in engineering, logistics, hospitality, finance, education are all common pathways for linguists though there are also many more avenues.