Trip to China
Trip to China

"A different language is a different vision of life" (Federico Fellini) 

Curriculum in MFL - Possible pathways at St Mary's Calne

All year groups - native speakers cannot study their own language in a class as students are strongly encouraged to take on the challenge of a new language.

LIV Form (Year 7)
One language selected, 3 to 4 hours per week (French/Spanish)

Plus Mandarin – 1 to 2 hours per week (1 compulsory and 1 additional if you are selected for the Excellence For Languages Programme).

MIV Form (Year 8)
Students continue with one language (the one they started in LIV), and add in a second (2 hours per week per language).

Options for a second language (Spanish/German/Mandarin).

If students choose just one language, they will also study Global Dimension (1 hour per week, but not for the entire year).

The Global Dimension is a subject to broaden the mind, looking at issues at home and around the world. It is important for all of our students to develop a global perspective and a view on the world that makes connections between diverse people, places and issues. 

In January 2015, St Mary’s Calne was awarded the Foundation level of the British Council's International School Award.  Taking part in the award links the school with others around the world, teaches our pupils about other countries and cultures, provides an internationally recognised accreditation for the school’s international work and enhances teaching standards through sharing best practice from other countries. We are looking forward to building on this achievement and are now working towards the Intermediate level of the British Council’s International School Award.  To read more about the importance of the global dimension within school life, please click here


UIV Form (Year 9)
Students either study one language or two. There are different possible combinations:

-  Carry on with the language studied in LIV plus the 2nd language studied in MIV (Mandarin/Spanish/German).

-  Carry on with the language studied in LIV plus one new language (Spanish/German). If a student has studied a second language in MIV, she would be either expected to continue with it into UIV, or opt for one language only. 

-  Only Study one language.

LV (Year 10) 
Students study either one language or two.
No beginners entry level is possible in LV.

Below is a table showing a possible pathway and set of options available, which can be modified with a different language in LIV. 
 

LIV MIV UIV LV
FRENCH        FRENCH FRENCH FRENCH
SPANISH SPANISH (beginner)       SPANISH (non beg.)     SPANISH
       
 Mandarin (1H to 2H Compulsory depending on the Excellence for Languages Programme) FRENCH FRENCH FRENCH
  GERMAN (beginner) GERMAN (non beg.) GERMAN
       
  FRENCH FRENCH FRENCH 
  MANDARIN SPANISH (beginner) MANDARIN
       
  SPANISH FRENCH SPANISH
  GERMAN (beginner)  GERMAN (beginner) GERMAN
       
  FRENCH FRENCH SPANISH
    MANDARIN MANDARIN
  SPANISH    
    SPANISH GERMAN
  MANDARIN MANDARIN MANDARIN
       
    GERMAN FRENCH
    MANDARIN  
      GERMAN
    FRENCH  
      SPANISH
    SPANISH  
      MANDARIN
    GERMAN  

 

We encourage our students to continue with the language they started in LIV until the end of UIV.

IGCSE

All students study at least one Modern Foreign Language to IGCSE level, and may qualify to learn two. The Cambridge IGCSE course is linear and the students attend one conversation lesson per week in addition to their timetabled lessons.


A Level

A Levels are offered in French, German, Mandarin and Spanish at St Mary's, and students are prepared for the Edexcel specification. The A Level course requires candidates to study four socio-cultural topics, a literary text and a cinematographic work. We also successfully prepare students for Oxbridge entry exams and interviews, and a number of our linguists go on to read languages at university. All students attend two conversation/news coverage lessons per week per language.
 
We have an exciting programme of extra-curricular activities in order to provide opportunities for the students to appreciate the culture outside the classroom. We work with Spellian and partner schools across the globe to communicate with native speakers on a regular basis. We host theatre plays in French, German and Spanish, as well as lectures, film workshops and courses for students of all ages. We organise trips to Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol University Modern Languages Departments. Students are also able to become language leaders and support or teach lessons to a primary school classes. Enrichment weeks and cross-curricular workshops are also part of our department routine alongside study-visits to France, China, Germany and Spain which are organised on an annual basis: Samoens, Berlin, Beijing and Malaga being few of our current destinations.

IGCSE Italian is also offered as an addition to your choice of courses for 6th formers who want to complement their UCAS application.

Magali Guillaume (Head of Modern Foreign Languages)