Modern Foreign Languages
Safa Community School recognizes that in a global world language confidence is essential for future success. We therefore offer French, Spanish, German and Mandarin and we follow a similar topic base in each subject area.
Year 7 : Year 7 students are introduced to the target language culture and language learning in general. They will learn greetings, how to say their name, classroom language, the ABC, phonetics, the numbers 1-15 and how to say their age, birthday and the date. Emphasis is put on personal identification vocabulary as well as terms associated with family and hobbies. The last term is normally used as a revision platform that will revise key grammatical concepts students have been introduced to in order to reinforce them. A small group project is incorporated at the year end.
Year 8 : Students will be further introduced to the vocabulary of sports and free time activities. This will lead to the support of expressing their own opinions and giving justifications in the present tense as well as the introduction of modal verbs. There will be also the opportunity to create sports adverts and conduct surveys about sports and a healthy lifestyle. Topics covering weather, my city, food and healthy living are incorporated into the course work. In the final term, “A memory from the past” topic is used to focus on describing actions in the past tense and students will learn about the two different tenses to describe actions and persons/landscapes. Students will also revise the key sentences and structures learnt during the year in order to consolidate their previous knowledge and prepare them for the end of the year exam.
Year 9 : In the first term of Year 9, students will revisit some vocabulary and structures covered in Year 7 and 8 to reinforce the use of the present tense. They will be further introduced to comparatives and superlatives in order to be able to describe themselves and others, as well as revise how to pose questions. Then, students will learn vocabulary relating to the topic of employment and jobs. Students will revisit the past tense but will also be introduced to the conditional tense within this context. In the last term of the year students will revise the key sentences and structures learnt during the year in order to consolidate their previous knowledge and prepare them for the end of the year exam. Then, they will create a project of their choice in groups where they can use their linguistic abilities at their best.