Languages

Welcome to the MFL department at Hampton College.

In Year 7 all students study either French or German, having three one-hour lessons per week.

In Year 8 the second language, German or French is introduced. Students have three lessons a fortnight in each language.

In Year 9 students choose to take either French or German, or continue with two languages.

In KS4 students can choose between French and German or they can choose to study both.

Both French and German are offered in the Sixth Form leading to A Level qualifications.

The MFL department consists of 6 teaching staff specialising in French, German or both languages and an MFL Language Assistant who works with us from October to May.

Extra Curricular

We believe that learning a language in the classroom is only half the journey in becoming a good linguist. We run a KS3 residential trip to Germany during enrichment week and join up with the Geography department to run the Paris residential trip also during enrichment week. We also run day trips to the British Film institute or the Institut Français for KS4 and KS5 students to support their media/film modules of their GCSE/A-level courses.

During the Autumn Term all Year 7’s participate in the Spelling Bee competition and then the school finalists go to the regional final to compete every year in the Spring Term.

Year 8’s take part in the ‘Have your say’ competition, a Peterborough-wide speaking competition whereby students perform both a pre-learnt and a spontaneous dialogue in French or German in front of an audience and a judging panel.

We also bring in speakers from the world of business, tourism and the military to talk to students about their experiences using a language in their professional life.

Language Leaders

At Hampton College we have a selection of Key Stage 3 students who attend the Language Leaders club and work towards their bronze or silver award. They organise events within school to promote language learning as well as visiting local Primary Schools teaching the students their French and German.

  • How to learn words

    Learning a language isn't hard. It just takes time and dedication, like learning to play a musical instrument.

  • Why learn a language?

    CREATIVITY “Plurilingualism enhances creativity.” (Skutnabb-Kangas, 2002:14)

    CRITICAL THINKING “International and foreign language education is a break with the focus on our own society in order to find new perspectives which allow us to be critical of our assumptions.” (Byram, 2002:47)

    CULTURE “Part of the reason for having second or foreign languages in the curriculum is the signal which this provision sends regarding the room which a school very visibly makes for the study of other cultures.” (Williams, 2001:47)

    EDUCATION “Learners’ heightened awareness, not only of other languages, cultures and peoples but also of themselves as cultural beings is a major contribution of language teaching to their education.” (Byram, 1997:57)

    ENGLISH MOTHER TONGUE “Learning a new language improves the use of English. Learning another language gives the learner valuable insights into the way the mother tongue works.” (The Nuffield Languages Inquiry, 2000:31)

    GLOBAL ENGLISH “One of the cultural shocks of September 11 is, overwhelmingly that English is simply not enough. We cannot understand the world in English, much less search out intelligence, build ever larger coalitions of friends, and heal some of the long-standing wounds of the past. We need to be aware as never before of foreign languages and of the ways in which languages identify and represent their cultures.” (Footitt, 2001)

    HEALTH “Learning languages boosts brain power.” (BBC, 2004)

    ICT “The rapid expansion of opportunities for e-business within a shrinking world is driving a need for languages ability. Customer expectations and the high stakes of winning or losing business require competence to deal in a customer’s language.” (Scottish Executive Ministerial Action Group on Languages, 2000:7)

    IMMERSION “Immersing yourself in the culture is critical to making it work abroad.” (Gary Lineker)

    KEY SKILLS “Communication across cultures will remain a key skill – the ability to communicate across cultures will be essential to national well-being and it is in the UK’s interests to wake up to the value of languages in cementing international relations.”
    (The Nuffield Languages Inquiry, 2000:17)

    LIFELONG LEARNING “Languages are a lifelong skill – to be used in business and for pleasure, to open up avenues of communication and exploration, and to promote, encourage and instil a broader cultural understanding.” (DfES, 2002:5)

    PROBLEM SOLVING “Learning another language develops your problem-solving skills.”
    (Language Undergraduate)

    VALUES “Language learning has the potential for offering alternatives to inward-looking insularity, for addressing a lack of preparedness to engage with the notion of otherness and for tackling negative stereotypes.” (Pachler, 2000:72)

    WORK EXPERIENCE “The year abroad is valuable in broadening work experience, social contacts and employability. It enables students to develop not only their language and cultural skills, but also key life skills of self-reliance and resourcefulness.” (The Nuffield Languages Inquiry, 2000:56)

  • Useful Website Links

    The following websites are designed to support your language learning whether that be at KS3, KS4 or KS5.

    Vocab Express - students are given a login/password for this subscription site which can be accessed at home or in school. Suitable for all ages.

    Languages Online - Interactive activities in both French and German which can help students to practise grammar and vocabulary, suitable for all ages.

    Quizlet - No login required but it is advisable for students to create a free account and then request to join their French or German class within quizlet in order to access the vocabulary/grammar specifically set for their class by their MFL teacher. Suitable for all ages.

    Memrise - Create a free account and set up sets of vocabulary to learn or search for sets already created by teachers and fellow students. Suitable for all ages.

    Fun with Languages - Interactive games to practise vocabulary, categorised by year group. Suitable for all ages, particularly kS3.

    Duo Lingo - Website and free app to download to learn French/German and other languages. Suitable for all ages.

    Word Reference - useful online dictionary/translator and verb tables. Suitable for all ages.

    BBC Bitesize - BBC Bitesize revision site for KS3 and KS4.

    German Only

    UK German Connection - suitable for Year 7.

    Keep Learning & Revising - suitable for KS3 and KS4.

    Der Standard - German news magazine – Suitable for AS and A2 level.

    Spiegel - German Weekly news magazine suitable for AS/A2 level.

    French Only

    Francais Extra - interactive games to practise basic vocabulary and grammar points. Suitable for KS3 and KS4.

    1Jour 1Actu - daily newspaper for French children. Suitable for KS4 and AS-A2 level.

    20 Minutes - daily newspaper with short articles. Suitable for AS/A2 level.