Wellington College

Wellington College Belfast

Co-Educational Grammar School

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Languages

Languages
Language dept staff with prize winners

Key Staff

  • Mrs N McDonald (HOD)
  • Mrs L Brown
  • Miss C Digney
  • Mrs P Doyle
  • Mrs R Leacock

In the Modern Languages Department we aim to provide a vibrant and stimulating environment in which our pupils can learn both French and Spanish. They are offered the opportunity to visit France and Spain where they can put their language skills to the test. Many of our brightest pupils achieve resounding success at all levels of public examinations and go on to study languages at universities throughout the UK and Ireland.

Aims of the Modern Languages department

  1. To develop the pupils’ ability to use French / Spanish effectivelyand with confidencefor the purpose of practical communication and social contact, in order that they are able to:
    • understand and appreciate spoken and written language from a variety of sources, to include authentic materials, and in registers including colloquial, informative and literary;
    • seek and convey information and express ideas and feelings in various modes such as conversation, transactional situations and personal and analytical writing.
  2. To form a sound base of the skills, language and attitude  required for further study, work and leisure:
    • to develop intellectual and critical facilities by providing  stimulation and by encouraging the acquisition and development of learning  strategies and study skills;
    • to encourage pupils to acquire and develop initiative, motivation and enterprise, as well as greater awareness and understanding of themselves and their interests, of other individuals and of society in general;
    • to make practical applications of linguistic ability reflect the actual uses of the foreign language in the world of work, thereby offering pupils greater access to employment.
  3. To encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations:
    • to make the experience of foreign language learning and the introduction to other cultures and civilisations an enjoyable experience foe pupils;
    • to help pupils gain personal contact and insight into the contemporary society of French / Spanish – speaking countries.
  4. To develop an awareness of the nature of language and language learning and to encourage an imaginative and creative approach to language use.
  5. To take part in “Using ICT” in line with College policy.
  6. To recognize the role which the development of foreign language skills plays in the personal and social development of pupils and to contribute meaningfully to this:
    • to promote social interaction within and beyond the classroom;
    • to enable pupils to improve personal and social skills by learning to communicate; by co-operating and contributing in class;
    • by considering the views of others;
    • and by having to adjust to different social conventions.
  7. To provide adequate opportunities for pupils to fulfil their academic potential in external examinations, thereby preparing them for Further and/or Higher Education.
  8. To develop knowledge, understanding and skills related to the statutory cross-curricular (educational) themes.

In meeting the above aims, the languages Department will promote the broad aims of the College by:

  1. striving for academic excellence;
  2. fostering the personal social development of the pupils
  3. providing the opportunity for staff to develop professionally
  4. providing a stimulating and attractive environment conducive to effective language learning;
  5. offering pupils a range of extra-curricular activities, such as:
    • the Languages film club;
    • educational trips abroad to France and Spain;
    • magazines and readers;
    • the use of the Internet;
    • attendance at Modern Languages conferences and courses;
    • participation in the AILO competition;
    • participation in events associated with European Day of Languages;
    • and further contact with the foreign language assistant.

At Key Stage 3 pupils in Year 8 – 10 study French. 

All pupils will study Spanish in Year 9 – 10. 

The programme of study adheres to the statutory requirements for the revised Northern Ireland curriculum.  The topics covered include:

  • Personal details
  • School
  • House and home
  • My area
  • Free time
  • Sports
  • Food
  • Shopping
  • Holidays
  • Health

Key Stage 4

French and Spanish

Examining board: AQA (2013) CCEA (2014)

Almost all pupils will study at least one Modern Language at GCSE level.  The emphasis is on requiring and consolidating more complex language skills for everyday situations in Reading and Listening – offered at Foundation and Higher levels – and Speaking and Writing which is tested under Controlled Assessment conditions.

Reading and Listening are worth 40% of the final award.

Speaking and Writing are worth 60% of the final award.

The examining Board is CCEA

Course Description

This course builds on GCSE Higher Level in the 4 skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening. It has been designed as a suitable foundation for further study and/or practical use of the target language. It also allows students to gain a cultural understanding of the countries where the target language is spoken.

There are three distinct learning contexts:

Relationships, Health and Lifestyle, Young People in Society

Assessment Format

  • AS 1: Speaking - approx 13 minutes

This unit consists of two elements

1.     a prepared presentation

2.     a general conversation 

  • AS 2: Listening, Reading and Writing - 2hr 45

This unit consists of three sections, including translation from the target language into English and one responsive writing essay of 200-250 words.

Assessment Format

  • A2 1: Speaking - approx 15 minutes

This unit consists of two elements:

  1. A discussion based on a societal theme chosen by the candidate - 5 minutes
  2. A general converstation - 10 minutes
  • A2 2: Listening - 40 minutes (Followed by a 15 minute break)
  • Reading and Writing - 2 hours and 20 minutes

The writing section is an essay question of 300 - 350 words based on three literary titles.

French

Students who choose to study French at A Level typically fall into one of two categories: those who wish to pursue French to degree level and seek employment or those whose interest is such that they enjoy the study of the language and recognize its value as a high-end academic subject to assist with entry into University to pursue their course of interest.

To that end, pupils from the French Department may continue to pursue the following careers:

  • Teaching/ Lecturing
  • Translation (EU Opportunities)
  • Media
  • Sound/Visual Engineering
  • Business Management
  • Web Design
  • Legal Profession
  • Banking

The French language is prominent in a global context and students may wish to consider studies/modules in this international context. French language degrees will generally involve spending an academic year in a French speaking country also.

 


 

Spanish

Pupils who chose to study Spanish at A Level typically fall into one of two categories: those who wish to pursue Spanish to degree level and seek employment or those whose interest is such that they enjoy the study of the language and recognize its value as a high-end academic subject to assist with entry into University to pursue their course of interest.

To that end, pupils from the Spanish Department may continue to pursue many diverse career paths:

  • Teaching/Lecturing
  • Translation and Interpreting
  • Media
  • Sound/Visual Engineering
  • Business Management
  • Web Design
  • Legal Profession
  • Medicine

The Spanish language is prominent in a global context and pupils may wish to consider studies/modules in this international context. The amount of universities offering Spanish or a degree which includes Spanish is constantly growing in the UK as well as in the United States.

Language skills are in demand and can be used in almost any career, particularly within businesses that trade internationally

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Interpreter
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Translator

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Broadcast journalist
  • Diplomatic Services operational officer
  • English as a foreign language teacher
  • International aid/development worker
  • Logistics and distribution manager
  • Marketing executive
  • Patent examiner
  • Sales executive
  • Tour manager

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