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Languages

Languages Faculty

Ms M Aleman- alemanm@denbigh.net
Miss M Tarazona-Bosch– tarazonaboschm@denbigh.net
Mrs C Flowers– flowersc@denbigh.net
Ms C Jolley– jolleyc@denbigh.net
Mrs L Mayhew- mayhewl@denbigh.net
Mrs A Moody- moodya@denbigh.net
Mr A Ozgul- ozgula@denbigh.net
Mrs J Saunders- saundersj@denbigh.net
Ms M Smart- smartm@denbigh.net
Mrs E Thompson- thompsone@denbigh.net

Faculty Introduction

At Denbigh School we are in the fortunate position to offer teaching in French, Spanish and German. You and your child will choose the language you wish to study prior to starting Denbigh School. As it forms part of the EBacc, most students will continue to study a language in Years 10 and 11.

We are also able to offer Italian and Turkish as options in the 6th Form as part of the enrichment programme. Additionally, assistance can be given for other languages at GCSE level.

The Languages Faculty run exchanges with schools & students in France & Germany as we have excellent links with schools in Caen and Schwerte. At A-Level we run a Work Experience programme for A-Level German and French students. Over the years this has been very successful enabling students to acquire work skills as well as being fully immersed in the language they are studying.

Learning a language is vital. Only 6% of the world’s population speaks English as a native language.

Competency in a foreign language is an important skill for the 21st Century. If we are to ensure that the UK remains globally competitive in the current and ever-changing landscape, we need all of our young people to be given the chance to acquire these vital skills. We also know that employers value employees with good language skills.

Students develop communication skills on an inter-personal level for an increasingly global, high-tech economy. From conversation to e-mail to video-conferencing our students prepare to become citizens of a multinational society.

Developing an understanding of another culture is another key aspect of learning a language. As well as learning grammar and vocabulary, learning about the traditions, festivals and culture of other countries is equally important and we have themed lessons at various parts of the year.

Schemes of Learning

Each faculty has developed a Scheme of Learning for each subject and year group. The Schemes of Learning outline the curriculum journey that students will embark on each academic year.

French

German

Spanish

Key Words for Year 7 Languages – Summer

Key TermDefinition
Verb  A verb is a word used to describe an action, state or occurrence. Verbs can be used to describe an action, that’s doing something. For example, like the word ‘jumping’ in this sentence: The rabbit was jumping in the field. They can also be used to describe a state of being, that’s feeling something. For example, the word ‘likes’ here: The monster likes rollercoasters.   Or a verb can be used to describe an occurrence, that’s something happening. For example, the word ‘became’ in this sentence: The caterpillar became a butterfly. When writing, make sure every sentence includes a verb.  
NounA noun is the name of a thing, such as an object, a place, or a person. Nouns are often described as naming words. There are different types of nouns, such as: concrete, abstract, proper and collective.  
AdjectiveAdjectives describe nouns to tell you more about something. Adjectives come in several varieties, including descriptive, quantitative, superlative and comparative. Using adjectives is particularly important in descriptive writing.  
GenderIn many languages, the noun has a particular gender – masculine, feminine or neuter.  This tells us how the word needs to be changed when used in sentences and combined with other words.  
Singular  A singular noun refers to one person or thing.
Plural  A plural noun is referring to more than one person or thing.
Connective  Connectives are linking words used to join phrases together to create longer, more fluent sentences.  
Opinion  Giving a view about something; this could be positive or negative.  
Reason  This is used to explain a certain opinion you may have.  
Tense  Tenses are used with verbs.  They tell us when an event is taking place.  It could be in the past, present or the future.    

Key Words for Year 8 Languages – Summer

Key TermDefinition
Verb  A verb is a word used to describe an action, state or occurrence. Verbs can be used to describe an action, that’s doing something. For example, like the word ‘jumping’ in this sentence: The rabbit was jumping in the field.   They can also be used to describe a state of being, that’s feeling something. For example, the word ‘likes’ here: The monster likes rollercoasters.   Or a verb can be used to describe an occurrence, that’s something happening. For example, the word ‘became’ in this sentence: The caterpillar became a butterfly. When writing, make sure every sentence includes a verb.  
NounA noun is the name of a thing, such as an object, a place, or a person. Nouns are often described as naming words. There are different types of nouns, such as: concrete, abstract, proper and collective.  
AdjectiveAdjectives describe nouns to tell you more about something. Adjectives come in several varieties, including descriptive, quantitative, superlative and comparative. Using adjectives is particularly important in descriptive writing.  
GenderIn many languages, the noun has a particular gender – masculine, feminine or neuter.  This tells us how the word needs to be changed when used in sentences and combined with other words.  
Singular  A singular noun refers to one person or thing.
Plural  A plural noun is referring to more than one person or thing.
Connective  Connectives are linking words used to join phrases together to create longer, more fluent sentences.  
Opinion  Giving a view about something; this could be positive or negative.  
Reason  This is used to explain a certain opinion you may have.  
Tense  Tenses are used with verbs.  They tell us when an event is taking place.  It could be in the past, present or the future.    

Extra Curricular

As well as the trips mentioned, we also offer a German, French and Spanish club during break time once a week and there are also after school clubs too.