Curriculum Modern Languages


Modern Languages


Being able to speak a foreign language is now an essential life skill whether at work, in education or for leisure purposes. As we play an even greater part in the European Union, more and more of today’s students can expect to work or study abroad, or have to deal with foreign visitors to our place of work or our home.

French, German, Spanish, and Urdu are all taught at Parrs Wood across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.

Year 7 will study French or Spanish. They will continue with this language throughout Key Stage 3. Students who perform well in their first language may have the opportunity to do German or Spanish in Year 8.


Which Language?

French is spoken in Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg and France as well as in parts of the West Indies, Canada and Africa. It is one of the official languages of the EU and the opening of the Channel Tunnel has greatly increased our contacts with France in all areas of life.

German is spoken in Austria, Switzerland and many parts of Eastern Europe and of course, in Germany itself. It is especially important for areas of business and scientific research, and it is likely to become more so.

Spanish is spoken throughout South America and in the USA. It is well known that Spain offers many jobs in tourism since it is the principal holiday destination for the British. But more importantly, Spain is a fast growing member of the EU. South America is one of the largest trading communities in the world. The need for Spanish speakers is growing fast!

Urdu is a widely spoken Asian language, and has strong links with Arabic. It is the mother tongue of a large number of Mancunians.


Modern Languages at Key Stage 4

French, German, Spanish and Urdu are offered at GCSE level. All pupils on Pathway 4 will continue with one of their foreign languages. There is also the possibility of continuing a second language if chosen as an option. Pupils on Pathway 3 may also choose to continue a foreign language.

You cannot study a Language for GCSE, if you have not previously learned it.

Whichever language(s) you study, whether it be: French, German, Spanish or Urdu; the course leads to a GCSE qualification and is all about practical communication. It features the situations in which you may find yourself in the foreign country or with a foreign visitor in this country.

Themes and Topics Checklist

Theme 1 - My World

- 1A - Self, Family, Friends
- 1B - Interests and Hobbies
- 1C - Home and Local Environment
- 1D - Daily Routine
- 1E - School and Future Plans

Theme 2 - Holiday Time and Travel

- 2A - Travel, Transport, Finding the Way
- 2B - Tourism
- 2C - Accommodation
- 2D - Holiday Activities
- 2E - Services - Post, Bank, Lost Property, Hire Shops

For further information please contact the school office


Modern Languages at Key Stage 5

The study of a Language at Key Stage 5 is both useful and enjoyable. Sadly there are fewer and fewer people in Britain who can speak a second language which is good news for those students who choose to study a foreign language at Key Stage 5. This puts them in a very strong position as far as future employment and further education courses are concerned. A recent study by Bangor University shows that Language Graduates are the 4 th most likely to gain employment. The study of a language can open many doors in the new world of travel and communication. Here at Parrs Wood we are proud to have a long tradition of success at Key Stage 5 in French, Spanish, German and Urdu. We also facilitate the sitting of examinations in other languages for native speakers.

Language students in Parrs Wood are encouraged to take part in many extra activities. We take groups to local conferences and talks given by the Universities and outside speakers. Each language student also has an individual lesson with a native speaker on a weekly basis. Once a week students on the Erasmus programme at the University of Manchester come to talk to our Key Stage 5 linguists and give them extra speaking practice. In all languages there is the possibility of taking part in an exchange/work experience.

The Key Stage 5 Language staff are all experienced teachers who have a high level of fluency.

Click here to view subject leaflet