Languages

CONTACT

Head of MFL Faculty Mr S Cummins scummins@lymmhigh.org.uk
Second in Faculty/Head of German  Mrs S Macpherson smacpherson@lymmhigh.org.uk
Head of French  Mr A Forbes aforbes@lymmhigh.org.uk
Head of Spanish Mr J Chinea jchinea@lymmhigh.org.uk

Overview

We are proud that our modern foreign languages faculty offers three different languages at all key stages. All students at Lymm High School learn French in Year 7 and, if appropriate, have the opportunity to learn German or Spanish from Year 8. Students work hard to develop communication skills and to master the basic linguistic structures of the various languages. With a number of students beginning a language for the first time, we are delighted that our students make excellent progress in two languages at KS3.

In Year 9, students work hard to improve their knowledge of higher-level vocabulary and grammar and in Years 10 and 11, students use this improved knowledge to help them prepare for their final GCSE exams. KS4 students may take two languages of French, German or Spanish to GCSE level.  At GCSE, students use the AQA exam specification.

In the sixth form (Key Stage 5), students are offered A-level courses in German, French and Spanish. Students build on the knowledge and skills acquired at GCSE, looking at contemporary themes such as the media, culture, health, technology and society issues. This challenging course allows students to become truly fluent in a language – expressing themselves in written essays and in spoken conversations. Students also delve deeper into the languages’ cultures by studying a piece of literature and film; recent topics have included ‘Los Ocho Apellidos Vascos’, ‘La Haine’, ‘Goodbye Lenin’, ‘La Casa de Bernada Alba’ by Lorca, ‘L’Étranger’ by Camus and ‘Der Vorleser’ by Schlink. Students will also have the opportunity to choose an area of the country’s culture/language/history which they will research independently as a project for their final oral exam.

At A-level, students use the AQA exam specification and frequently receive excellent results.

There are also a number of opportunities for students to use their excellent language skills abroad during educational visits. We have regular exchanges with our partner schools, as well as lower-school visits, such as a very popular Year 8 trip to Berlin and Year 7 trip to Paris. More exciting opportunities are planned for the future and we look forward to seeing our young linguists enjoying the culture (as well as the language) of our European neighbours’ countries.

You can find more information on our languages subjects by clicking on the links below.