Languages Department

MODERN LANGUAGES
The Modern Languages Department is staffed by four language specialists:

Mrs S Moore (Irish)
Miss U McMenamin (French)
Miss N Carey (Irish)
Miss C McKee (French & Irish) HOD
 
 

Overview
French and Irish are the modern languages that we teach in our school. The curriculum that we follow is based on the guidance given in the Northern Ireland Curriculum. We teach the pupils to know and understand how to:

  • Ask and answer questions
  • Use correct pronunciation and interaction
  • Memorise words
  • Interpret meaning
  • Understand basic grammar
  • Use dictionaries
  • Work in pairs and groups and communicate in the target language
  • Look at life in another culture

General aims of the Modern Language Department:

  • Develop the ability to understand and use the chosen foreign language effectively for the purposes of practical communication.
  • Develop the ability to use the chosen language both imaginatively and creatively.
  • Develop an understanding of the grammar of the chosen language.
  • Offer insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries and communities that speak the chosen language.
  • Encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and a positive approach to other cultures and civilisations.
  • Develop students' understanding of themselves and their own culture.
  • Provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation.
  • Form a sound base of skills, language and attitude required for further study, work and leisure.
  • Promote skills, which have a wider application such as information technology, and learning skills (e.g. analysis, memorising, drawing interface).
French & Irish Curriculum
 
Key Stage 3
Irish and French at Key Stage 3 cover a wide range of topics in accordance with the Northern Ireland Curriculum. Students in Year 8 study Irish and French for three periods over the two week timetable cycle and this is increased to four periods per fortnight in Year 10 for most pupils.
The topics covered at Key Stage 3 include the following:
  • Myself & My Family
  • My School
  • Colours
  • Pets
  • Numbers and Time
  • Days, Months & Seasons
  • Weather
  • Hobbies & Interests
  • Daily Routine
  • Shopping
  • Holidays
  • Health
  • Restaurant
Key Stage 4
Students complete 60% of their exams over the two year period by completing Controlled Assessments in Writing & Speaking.
The CCEA GCSE specification is followed for Irish and we follow the AQA specification for French GCSE. The four components of both exams are:

Listening            20%
Speaking           30%
Reading             20%
Writing               30%
 
 
Extra Curricular Activities
Trip There is a trip to France every two years and pupils from Key Stage 3 avail of the opportunity to visit Paris and they hear and use French in a natural authentic setting.
French Club Year 9 pupils are encouraged to attend a lunchtime French club as they get the chance to explore many aspects of French culture.
Dissolving Boundaries This year a group of Year 8 pupils will be involved in the "Dissolving Boundaries" project and they will collaborate with St. Michael's Holy Faith School, Dublin to work on the topic, "All about France... All about me".
GaelLinn Pupils participate in both the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 GaelLinn table quizzes. Last year 37 pupils attended the summer college of Teileann in the Donegal Gaeltacht. Pupils are encouraged to participate in Feis Dhún Geanainn and Feis Charn Tochair in the Irish verse speaking section. We enter the Comhaltas Uladh competition "The Fr Murray Shield" which is a Key Stage 3 event that assesses the pupils' proficiency in spoken Irish. Scholarships to Teileann are awarded to pupils who reach the required standard in a spoken assessment.
 
Careers Using Modern Languages
Airline Flight Attendant / Cabin Crew  Careers in Airports Bilingual Secretary Careers in the Diplomatic Service Hotel Manager Hotel Receptionist Customs & Excise Officer Interpreter Translator Foreign Correspondent / Journalist Diplomatic Correspondent / Journalist Resort Representative Careers in Sales / Marketing in the European Markets Language Teacher Teacher of English as a Foreign / Second Language Travel Courier European Officer (Local Government) Specialist Librarian Tourism Officer Tourist Guide Tourist Information Centre Assistant Careers in Importing / Exporting Bilingual Help Desk Supporter
______________________________________________________________________________

Modern languages are a vital component of a secondary school curriculum, offering to the pupil a comprehensive series of valuable experiences which cover the major areas of learning:

  • Linguistic: Languages offer communication through listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Through the study of a modern language the pupil will become more aware of his own language.
  • Aesthetic: Languages offer an appreciation of the sound of speech, and offer the opportunity for students to create their own new sound patterns.

    

  • Ethical: By studying the other cultures, the student should become sensitive to the differences between cultures and thereby sensitive to himself and his own culture.
  • Spiritual:Through languages the pupil will develop an awareness and a tolerance of others, working in close proximity with his contemporaries, either as an individual or in a group.

 

Specific Aims of Modern Languages

We aim to:

  • Develop the ability to understand and use the modern languages effectively for the purposes of practical communication.
  • Develop the ability to understand and use the languages both imaginatively and creatively.
  • Develop an understanding of the grammar of languages.
  • Offer insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries and communities that speak the languages.
  • Encourage positive attitudes to modern language learning and to speakers of other languages and a positive approach to other cultures and civilisations.
  • Develop students’ understanding of themselves and their own culture.
  • Provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation.
  • Form a sound base of skills, language and attitude required for further study, work and leisure.
  • Promote skills, which have a wider application such as information technology, and learning skills (e.g. analysis, memorising, drawing inference).

 

 
 
 
 

footer-banner.fw

gtranslate

English Dutch French German Irish Italian Lithuanian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Spanish Swedish Welsh

Login

Latest  News

Internet  Safety

Social  Media

Students & Parents

  • Follow the latest news on our Facebook page!

Students & Parents

  • Follow the latest news on our Twitter page!

 

 

 

Contact  Us

St Pius X College
59 Moneymore Road,

MAGHERAFELT
Co Derry
BT45 6HQ

  • Telephone: 028 796 32186
  • Fax: 028 796 32573
  • E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Web Address: www.stpiusxcollege.org