This year the MFL department are experimenting with some online resources through Quizlet.com. Teachers will create study sets of words on each topic that pupils can use at home on their own computer or as an app on their phone. There are flashcards to teach the words, games and activities to practise with and even a test to check your own progress. French pronunciation is accurate and authentic and the content is tailor-made to our scheme of work. This is a fun and effective way of really consolidating your learning. Detailed instructions on how to join up are in your school e-mail and a link to your year group folder. Simply create an account, click on the link and join the class - your classmates are all in there!
Bienvenue! Buenvenidas! Willkommen!
Welcome to the MODERN LANGUAGES page!
Modern Foreign Languages play a big part in the curriculum at TJHS, as all pupils study French initially and some will also take up Spanish.
Many pupils will come to TJHS after studying a language in their Primary School, while others have no previous experience - we cater for all abilities.
Pupils are encouraged to consider taking a GCSE in a Modern Language at their next school, in order to enhance their career opportunities.
Who does what?
The Modern Language teachers are, Ms E Crawford and Mrs D L Inns and Mrs T Harris. Mrs Whitten, Ms Crawford & Mrs Harris teach French, Mrs Inns teaches French and Spanish and Mrs Whitten is the Head of Department.
This was a multi-cultural event to celebrate European Week of Languages. There were performances of music and dance from different countries, and readings, poems and prayers in the many languages spoken by our pupils.
What do we study?
There are four assessed skills in Modern Languages:
Topics covered in all skills include:
Year 8 - Meeting and greeting a French person, Saying how you are and asking someone else, giving and asking for your age, classroom objects, where you and others live, La Rochelle, Your family and pets, Your likes and dislikes, Important dates in the French calendar, Birthdays, Presents and Clothing.
Year 9 - Weather, Temperature, Seasons, Sports/Leisure Activities, Places in town, Asking for and giving directions, At the tourist office, Time, Your typical day
Year 10 - Food and drinks, Meals, Eating out or with a French family, Leisure, sport and music, Helping around the house, Shops, Quantities and Money, Shopping for food, travel.
Why study a Modern Foreign Language?
KNOWING OTHER LANGUAGES BRINGS OPPORTUNITIES
There are three things that you should always remember about languages:
1. It’s a multilingual world – not everyone speaks English.
94% of the world does not speak English as their first language.
75% of the world does not speak English at all.
53% of Europeans are fluent in 2 or more languages.
2. Languages improve the quality of your life and your understanding of how other people live and think. You become more open-minded and empathetic. You can travel more and meet new people both at home and abroad.
3. Being able to communicate in another language can make you much more employable in a range of different careers from lorry driving to law, and increase your earning potential!
You do not have to be fluent in a language – a little language can make a lot of difference. Even the basic phrases make a real difference.
94% of employers think that foreign language skills are important.
The Modern Languages Department organizes several other language-related activities throughout the school year to support the curriculum.
EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES (September)
Each year for a week in September we have a whole school focus on European Studies and Languages. Many departments study a European dimension of their subject area eg European Scientists, WW1 in History, European dishes in Home Economics, European Artists, etc.
During the week, the canteen staff produce delicious European dishes for break and lunch.
Pupils can earn prizes and house points for their house by entering the International Quiz.
The week culminates in a special assembly which includes prayers, readings, poems, songs and dance from a variety of different countries.
PARIS TRIP (October)
There is a school trip to Paris on alternate years. This trip is both educational and fun and includes visits to all the major attractions in Paris as well as 2 days at Disneyland Paris. Always a popular trip, pupils are advised to get their deposits in early and make monthly payments over the next seven months.
Look in the Photo Gallery for pictures of the last Paris trip
PLAYS IN FRENCH AND SPANISH (February)
Each year we book the Onatti Theatre Company to perform French and Spanish plays for all pupils.
•are performed by native speaking actors.
•are completely in the foreign language.
•are relevant for modern teenagers.
•involve audience participation.
Communication and research using ICT are important in MFL. Activities include word processing, research, presentations, brochures, leaflets, posters etc
We make an annual subscription to the Linguascope website so all pupils have access both in school and at home. Modern Languages teachers will give pupils the username and password for our school. This website enables pupils to consolidate and reinforce both French and Spanish topics studied in class. The site includes presentations with sound, games and consolidation activities.
If English is not your native language, you can also use the English section of Linguascope to improve your English.
Click this LINK to access the linguascope website
Below are links to some useful web resources, if you have a problem with a link or have a suggestion for inclusion in the list, speak to one of the Modern Language teachers.
Listen to news in "francais facile". Also includes lots of interesting reading and listening activities based on up to the minute topics.
A French news and entertainment site.
A French news site.
A language resource site for various topics.
The French Top 50 Singles Chart.
Ask your MFL teacher for the username and password.
An online bilingual dictionary
A site for Spanish grammar and vocabulary exercises. (Including "Grade or No Grade")
A useful site for Spanish students.
The Spanish Top 40 Singles chart.
Cinema showings in Northern Ireland
Queen’s film theatre
The BBC's Home Page for Languages.
The CCEA Home Page for Languages.
A handy site if you need to look up a word quickly.
Today, year 9 pupils were making Spanish origami-counters in class in order to practise their numbers 1 – 12.
Spanish Certificates – CCEA OLA (Online Language Assessment) Entry Level 2
Congratulations to Year 10 pupils at Tandragee Junior High School who achieved their very first Spanish Certificate – CCEA OLA (Online Language Assessment) Entry Level 2. The pupils had to sit a Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing Examination in order to acquire their Spanish Qualification. Pupils reported that it was a “very proud moment” in order to gain this achievement. Mrs Inns, VP and MFL teacher, believes that the CCEA OLA Curriculum helps to boost the confidence and competence level of the pupils at Tandragee Junior High School in the four main linguistic skills and stands them in good stead for GCSE languages. Mr C W Brown, Principal, is extremely pleased of how the pupils have performed and how this part of the Northern Ireland Curriculum reinforces key skills and develops the pupils as individual to society, the economy and the environment. “Absolutamente sobresaliente .”
Year 11s presented with CCEA Entry level 3 Spanish Qualifications
Year 11s at Portadown college were presented with the their CCEA Entry level 3 Spanish Qualifications by Mrs D L inns, Vice-Principal/MFL Teacher at Tandragee Junior High School and Mr P Richardson, Acting Principal, Portadown College