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​Did you know that learning a Language helps your memory, creativity, listening skills and communication skills?

What will you do?

It is possible to study the following Modern Foreign Language:


You will develop the four skills:

  • Speaking;
  • Listening;
  • Reading;
  • Writing.

You will study a range of topics including:

  • Me, my family and friends;
  • Technology in everyday life;
  • Free-time activities;
  • Customs and festivals
  • Home, town, neighboorhood and region;
  • Social issues;
  • Global issues;
  • Travel and tourism;
  • Life at school/college;
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions.

You will develop your language skills and because progress is very easy to measure, you can quickly take pride in your new abilities.

How will I be assessed?


  • Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing exams in Year 11 (worth 100% of your grade)

What skills will I learn?

  • you will develop your communication skills both in the foreign language and in English;
  • you will develop your critical and creative thinking;
  • you will increase your problem-solving skills;
  • you will improve your memory, self-discipline, and self-esteem;
  • you will have an appreciation of other people and their cultures;
  • you will develop creativity using iPad technology to create short films/ trailers/ books/ guides to link in with the topics that you will be studying
  • studying a language will improve your vocabulary in English.

Additional activities

You may:

  • participate in trips to the country of study;
  • work with language students from Thomas Rotherham College;
  • have the possibility of linking with a school in France.

How can Languages help me in the future?

There are various careers using Modern Foreign Languages. Here are some examples:

  • interpreting;
  • translating;
  • linguistics;
  • language teaching and training;
  • exporting and importing;
  • sales and marketing;
  • civil service;
  • transport, tourism and leisure.

GCSE Languages provide you with a suitable foundation for the continued study of languages at a more advanced level e.g. A level French

Some facts to consider:

  • Research has shown that using language skills in business opens the door to a wide range of economic, social and personal benefits;
  • 74% of employers are looking to employ people with conversational language skills;
  • Studying a foreign language improves your oral and written skills in English, and also helps develop key communication skills that are crucial in the workplace;
  • By speaking a language other than English, the world opens up to you. You have an asset for life!

Approximately 74 million people speak French as their first language. The international business community relies on people who speak more than one language. That could be you.​ In addition, when you speak another language, you can enjoy literature, film, and music in the original language, which certainly adds to the experience.

How do I find out more?

Ask Mrs. Carré for more information and guidance.

Email: b.carre@oakwood.ac​