Modern Languages at Hazelwood
"Learning a language sets you in a corridor for life. Two
languages open every door along the way” Frank Smith
Hazelwood, all pupils from Oak (Reception) to Year 8 are given the opportunity
to learn French. For the majority of their time at Hazelwood, our pupils are
taught by native speakers. Pupils in the Upper School also have the
opportunity to learn Spanish.
From Oak to
Year 3, the emphasis is on speaking and listening using Euro Stars. This fun,
flexible and interactive software offers a bank of teaching units that contain
a wide range of activities for our learners’ delight. Amongst their favourite
activities are songs and rhymes, animations and photo stories, wordbank
flashcards and practice activites.
Reading and writing are introduced gradually from
Year 4 where we use Accès Studio. This course covers the most common areas of
vocabulary pupils will need to study further in depth as they progress into
their schooling. The students can access this resource from home on the Virtual
learning Platform too! From Year 5 to Year 8, Studio books are used in the
classroom at a more advanced level. Pupils progressively prepare for Common
Entrance examination and, when appropriate, for their chosen scholarship.
In addition to French, some of our pupils are given
the option to start studying Spanish in Year 7 with the aim of presenting it at
an easier level during Common Entrance examination the following year. Our
range of resources is very wide but the most popular is without doubt Viva, our
interactive book online! At Hazelwood everyone finds Spanish very fun to speak
and loves the video clips, audio and interactive activities and songs found in our
The Language Faculty is continuously looking for
ways to bring languages alive. We regularly record children speaking French and
Spanish, encouraging them to practise both accurate pronunciation and authentic
intonation. Several events take place during the year, which add enjoyment to learning
languages, such as European Language Day, DVD evenings in the target language,
plays, visits and language competitions.
Alongside the linguistic demands and expectations
of these subjects, we hope that our pupils will develop a genuine interest in
and tolerance of other cultures. At Hazelwood we aim for our learners to grow
an insatiable appetite for languages, feel confident in unfamiliar situations
and rise to the challenge of speaking French or Spanish spontaneously during
lessons and eventually in real life.
Madame Anne LeFloch
Head of Modern Languages