MFL ACE Pupil Programme

Languages are the key to the world. They help us to communicate with people from other countries and understand other cultures. The sense of achievement and the personal pleasure derived from being able to converse in a foreign language, read original texts, watch films and listen to the radio is only one benefit. In the world of work, foreign language skills are a necessity and are highly attractive to many employers.

Do any of the following statements apply to you?
• You like to apply your knowledge to create your own sentences.
• You have the initiative to use a dictionary or other reference sources to go beyond the language you have been taught in lessons.
• You have a good memory for vocabulary and structures.
• You are able to apply previously learnt grammar and language in different contexts.
• You can readily follow the gist of spoken and written language.
• You have the confidence to engage in spontaneous speech.
• You are willing to work independently to extend your own knowledge.
• You are interested in the culture of the language you are studying.

If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, the ACE Pupil Programme in Modern Foreign Languages will no doubt be of interest to you.

French

Listen/Read/Watch
Explore these websites, listen to native speakers, read short extracts, watch video clips and complete interactive exercises.

Years 7 to 11
BBC French http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/mafrance/ – Really useful language to prepare for a holiday in a French-speaking country.
Podcast français facile http://www.podcastfrancaisfacile.com – Podcasts to practise your listening, reading and grammar skills.
Le point du FLE http://www.lepointdufle.net/debutants.htm – Another great resource to improve your listening skills.
TV5 Apprendre http://apprendre.tv5monde.com – A bank of short video clips with related exercises.

French Online Grammar Quiz http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~creitan/grammar.htm – A very good website for grammar practice.
Languages on line: French http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/Hotpotatoes/Index.htm – More grammar practice.
Sixth Form
Le Cinéma Français http://www.cinemafrancais-fle.com –An introduction to French cinema and classic French films.

Actualité http://www.20minutes.fr – Up-to-date world news including entertainment and media.

Bonjour de France http://www.bonjourdefrance.com – A highly accessible, colourful website with grammar explanations and exercises, reading comprehension tests, vocabulary quizzes, lists of idioms and links to cultural sites.

Tex’s French Grammar http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tex/ – A very comprehensive guide to French grammar with easy to understand explanations and audio files to aid pronunciation.

Verb2Verbe http://www.verb2verbe.com/TestInit.aspx – A site to test yourself on French verbs.

Cinema

Watching a film in a foreign language will extend your knowledge and give you a taste of the culture. Here are a few suggestions. However, please check that they are age appropriate for you and make sure that you have permission from your parents before watching them.
• Welcome: Philippe Lioret
• Entre les murs: Laurent Cantet
• Au revoir les enfants: Louis Malle
• Le dernier métro: Francois Truffaut
• La Haine: Mathieu Kassovitz
• Amélie: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
• Le grand voyage: Ismael Farroukhi
• Les choristes: Christophe Barratier
• Merci pour le chocolat: Claude ChabrolUn long dimanche de fiançailles: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
• Delicatessen: Jean Pierre Jeunet
• Les quatre cents coups: François Truffaut
• La Môme (La Vie en Rose): Olivier Dahan
• Ne le dis à personne: Guillaume Canet

Read
Subscribe to Mary Glasgow Magazines – topical articles aimed at young people with video, audio tracks and online activities. Ask your language teacher for more details.

Years 7 & 8: Allons-y!
Year 9: Bonjour
GCSE: Ҫa va?
A level: Chez Nous

Challenge

Years 7-11:
Challenge yourself and improve your cultural knowledge by taking part in the Linguatrivia Quiz. See your language teacher for more details. There will be a small reward for the best entries.

Explore

For A level students: work experience visits.
Experience a different country, meet new friends, improve your language skills and enhance your CV by taking part in a work experience visit abroad. Contact Halsbury at www.workexperienceabroad.co.uk/ for more details. (Please note that these visits are not organised by the school.)

Click-On

For A level students:
Keep up to date with the news on the following websites.
http://www.lemonde.fr
http://www.lequipe.fr (sports)
http://www.lefigaro.fr

Spanish

Listen/Read/Watch
Explore these websites, listen to native speakers, read short extracts, watch video clips and complete interactive exercises.

Years 7 to 11
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish – BBC Spanish – really useful language to prepare for a holiday in a Spanish speaking country.
http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/Hotpotatoes/Index.htm – Grammar and vocabulary practice.

Sixth Form
https://Spanish.yabla.com – Subscribe to this interactive website to listen, watch and write.
http://www.spanishpodcast.org/ – Practise your listening and reading skills.
http://www.listenlive.eu/spain.html – Choose from a list of radio stations in Spanish.

Cinema

Watching a film in a foreign language will extend your knowledge and give you a taste of the culture. Here are a few suggestions. However, please check that they are age appropriate for you and make sure that you have permission from your parents before watching them.

• Spanglish
• Como agua al chocolate
• Abre tus ojos
• Habla con ella
• La estación
• Bonbon, el perro
• Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios
• Planta 4a
• Yoyes
• El Laberinto del fauno
• María llena eres de gracia
• Las trece rosas
• El Bola
• Volver
• El orfanato

Read

Subscribe to Mary Glasgow Magazines. – topical articles aimed at young people with video, audio tracks and online activities. Ask your language teacher for more details.

Years 7 & 8: ¿Qué tal?
Year 9: Ahora
GCSE: El Sol
Challenge

Years 7-11:
Challenge yourself and improve your cultural knowledge by taking part in the Linguatrivia Quiz. See your language teacher for more details. There will be a small reward for the best entries.

Explore

For A Level students: work experience visits.
Experience a different country, meet new friends, improve your language skills and enhance your CV by taking part in a work experience visit abroad. Contact Halsbury at www.workexperienceabroad.co.uk/ for more details. (Please note that these visits are not organised by the school.)

Click-On

For A level students:
Keep up to date with the news on the following websites.
http://www.newsinslowspanish.com/?
http://www.elpais.com
http://www.marca.com (sports)

German

Listen/Read/Watch
Explore these websites, listen to native speakers, read short extracts, watch video clips and complete interactive exercises.
Years 7 to 11
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german – BBC German – Really useful language to prepare for a holiday in a German speaking country. Video clips, grammar and vocabulary exercises.
http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/Hotpotatoes/germanindex.htm – Vocabulary and grammar practice.
http://www.goethe.de/ins/gb/lon/lhr/stu/ks3/enindex.htm – Activities from the Goethe Institute, music, quizzes and videos
For GCSE: http://www.aufdeutsch.co.uk/ – video clips and reading material. Transcripts are provided.

Sixth Form
http://www.goethe.de/ins/gb/lon/prj/asa/enindex.htm
The Goethe Institute website contains a wealth of material for A level students. There are topic related sections to research for your A level studies.
https://www.goethe.de/en/spr.html – Follow the Goethe Institute’s links for language learning.
http://www.aufdeutsch.co.uk/ – video clips and reading material. Transcripts are provided.
http://www.dw.de/themen/s-9077 – deutsche Welle Germany’s international broadcaster produces TV, radio and online services in German and many other languages which provide excellent context for listening
http://www.de.de/program/video-on-demand/s-4756-9798 – soaps to watch in German with German subtitles – previous episodes available
http://www.daserste.de/ – das Erste was Germany’s first public TV channel. Access to TV and radio programmes, videos and news. Good for listening.
http://www.zdf.de – Germany’s second channel – many programmes to watch (often educational)
http://www.arte.tv/de – an arts and culture channel – short clips available to watch online

Cinema

Watching a film in a foreign language will extend your knowledge and give you a taste of the culture. Here are a few suggestions. However, please check that they are age appropriate for you and make sure that you have permission from your parents before watching them.

• Lola rennt
• Sonnenallee
• Goodbye Lenin
• Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei
• Das Leben der Anderen
• Die Welle
• Jenseits der Stille
• Sophie Scholl – die letzten Tage
• Berlin ist eine Stadt
• Die Fälscher
• Das Wunder von Bern

Read

Subscribe to Mary Glasgow Magazines – topical articles aimed at young people with video, audio tracks and online activities. Ask your language teacher for more details.

Years 7 – 8: das Rad
GCSE: Schuss

Challenge

Years 7-11:
Challenge yourself and improve your cultural knowledge by taking part in the Linguatrivia Quiz. See your language teacher for more details. There will be a small reward for the best entries.

Explore

For A level students: work experience visits.
Experience a different country, meet new friends, improve your language skills and enhance your CV by taking part in a work experience visit abroad. Contact Halsbury at www.workexperienceabroad.co.uk/ for more details. (Please note that these visits are not organised by the school.)

Click-On

For A level students:
Keep up to date with the news on the following websites.
http://www.dw.de/deutsch-lernen/deutsch-aktuell/s-2146 – a very useful ‘slowly spoken news’ feature together with a transcript
https://www.tagesschau.de/