Modern Languages at Ysgol Bryn Elian

Introduction to Department

The Modern Foreign Languages Department is made up of two team members who both teach French and German. We are a textbook free department, working solely with engaging and authentic materials. We offer both French and German up to GCSE level, and A Level can be taken via the LINC course. The staff are very committed to success for all our pupils and are happy to hold extra lessons during breaks or after school to help pupils who may be struggling, particularly in the weeks and months approaching the exams.

This year has seen the launch of Chinese Club which is currently held every Thursday after school until 4pm. All Year Groups are invited to join and enjoy a range of activities throughout the year, including practising speaking and writing in Mandarin, as well as practising the art of Chinese Calligraphy.

The Languages Faculty staff are all highly committed and want success for all our pupils and enjoy developing new techniques to help pupils learn more effectively.

Staffing & Responsibilities

Staff Member
Departmental Responsibility
Additional Responsibility
Mr S Davy
Teacher of French
Teacher of German
Mr. M. Jones
Teacher of German
Teacher of French

About KS3

In key stage three pupils will either study French or German. Pupils are allocated a language in the first term of year 7 and continue to study that language into year nine, at the end of which, they will have the option to continue with their language as one of their option subjects.

About KS4

Summary of Assessment

Unit 1: Speaking Oral test: 25% of qualification 60 marks

7-9 minutes (Foundation tier)

10-12 minutes (Higher tier)

Three tasks: Role play / Photo card discussion / Conversation Part 1 and Part 2

Unit 2: Listening Written examination: 25% of qualification 45 marks

35 minutes (Foundation tier)

45 minutes (Higher tier)

Listening comprehension tasks with non-verbal and written responses.

Unit 3: Reading Written examination: 25% of qualification 60 marks

1 hour (Foundation tier)

1 hour 15 minutes (Higher tier)

Reading tasks with non-verbal and written responses, including one translation task from French/German into English.

Unit 4: Writing Written examination: 25% of qualification 60 marks

1 hour 15 minutes (Foundation tier)

1 hour 30 minutes (Higher tier)

Writing tasks including one translation task from English into French/German.

A little bit about Careers involving this subject

A knowledge of one or more foreign languages can be useful in a wide range of careers. For some jobs, such as translating, interpreting and language teaching, language skills are one of the main requirements. For other jobs a combination of languages and other qualifications, knowledge or skills may be needed. For example, people with languages plus IT, law, finance or sales skills are much sought-after.

Useful Websites

Bitesize French

Bitesize German

Languages Online

Revision Centre French

Revision Centre German