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Introduction

At QKA we understand the value of languages, and how meaningful they are in our social interactions and welfare.
The Languages department is a successful department in the academy, and our classrooms are often full of students involved in some kind of extra activity related to language learning. We count currently with four members of staff, Jose Ros, Subject Leader MFL, Bogdan Ivascu, Spanish Native speaker; Carmen Santos, Spanish teacher and native speaker; and Helena Ground, our French and German specialist and also a skilful Spanish teacher. But we also count with the invaluable support of other linguists across the school that cooperate and support us in several occasions.

All students arriving at QKA in Year 7 will study Spanish.
Our aim is for students to develop the necessary skills to become independent language learners and efficient communicators: to be intuitive, to take risks, making mistakes and learning from them, to respect and listen carefully what others have to say; to learn from each other’s and enjoy sharing and communicating.
 
We are a creative team, trained and thoughtful of the new GCSE and A-level specification, continuously developing new exciting resources to adapt our lessons to the updated outcomes, and create an enjoyable and respectful environment to promote success.

But definitely the stars of our department are our extra clubs and competitions. From the Language Eurovision contest at the beginning of Y7, to the Foreign Language translation bee in years 8 and 9, and our Erasmus + Projects for KS3 and KS4, we offer a wide range of extra activities to motivate students learning, and we have so much fun with them! 
Our vision is clear: Promote language learning and provide students with the skills to become independent language learners; guide their learning acquisition process as far as students aim to get; and promote the value of languages as the communication tool that joins us together.
 
 
Key Stage Three
We use resources based on the textbooks ¡Viva! 1, 2. The resources are consistently referred to the requirements of GCSE, to ensure success in following years.
 

 

 

Extracurricular:

 

 

 
The Language Magician workshops
In June 2019, QKA held half-day Language Magician workshops for local primary schools in French and Spanish to promote KS2 language learning. Sessions were delivered by QKA Language Leaders and QKA students who are native speakers of French.

Foreign Language Spelling and Translation Bee
National competition created by QKA Head of School, Jane Driver. QKA has also hosted the Regional Finals of the competition. Furthermore, QKA has produced a two-time national champion in the Translation Bee competition.

Language Leaders
Student leadership scheme in partnership with the University of Cambridge and Routes into Languages East. Participants attend a training day at the University of Cambridge and meet weekly to prepare KS2 Spanish lessons for primary school classes. Further into their roles, leaders deliver these lessons to groups at local primary schools.

Mother Tongue Other Tongue

Poem competition in partnership with the University of Cambridge and Routes into Languages East. 

Sixth form Voluntary Language Assistant opportunities.

Student leadership scheme where Sixth Former students support and teach languages in KS3 and KS4. 

Juvenes Translatores

The contest aims to raise young people's awareness of how language skills help Europeans to communicate better and work towards a common understanding. It also points out the importance of diversifying the languages we learn in order to increase multilingualism and intercultural understanding, and highlights the benefits of studying translation, given the ever-growing need for translators in Europe.

 



In Key Stage 3 our focus in Spanish, through which we encourage students to appreciate and value languages as a practical and fun skill to learn. We aim to spread the necessary basic skills to become an independent language learner, hoping that, despite their path choices being related to languages or not for KS4, they will have enough knowledge to acquire languages in the future if they desire so.

 
Links

Below is a link to our Soundcloud and YouTube channel for languages? Here you can find languages podcasts and YouTube channel videos. 

The sound cloud is here:

https://soundcloud.com/user-295762134

And the YouTube is here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5weukd6ig8WtjbN-zYoQ2w

 

2020 PTI Subject Leadership Mark for MFL

QKA Languages is delighted to share the news with you that we have been awarded the 2022 PTI Subject Leadership Mark for MFL . This is thanks to the hard work of our staff and our students' ongoing enthusiasm for language learning

2022 PTI Bernice McCabe Award shortlist nominee

We are delighted to share with you that we were awarded ‘commended’. Out of 300 departments we made it to the final 3, so we are immensely proud of being recognised for the work that the Languages Department has done.

Read the full story here: QKA MFL 22 | The PTI (ptieducation.org)

PTI BMC Award

MFL Department

 

 


Staffing


Subject Coordinator : Jose Ros
Federico Voltan
Carmen Santos
Helena Ground
Bogdan Ivascu
Stephanie Anderson
Veronica Giaquinto