Modern Foreign Language events

Our study days are designed to provide a useful way for students to experience the language and culture of a country through a facilitated screening of a foreign language feature film and then having an opportunity to take part in a number of exercises to develop their knowledge and skills.



(Applications for this opportunity are closed at present.)

The films we screen are carefully chosen to link to the current syllabus for GCSE or A-Level and the session will support students’ learning in the following areas:

 

  • Enhance their linguistic skills and promote and develop their capacity for critical thinking on the basis of their knowledge and understanding of the language, culture and society of the country or countries where the language is spoken.
  • Develop control of the language system to convey meaning, using spoken and written skills develop their ability to interact effectively with users of the language in speech and in writing to sustain communication and build fluency and confidence.
  • Engage critically with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in the original language, developing an appreciation of sophisticated and creative uses of the language and understanding them within their cultural and social context.
  • Foster their ability to learn other languages and develop their capacity for critical and analytical thinking through the study of language.

 

Our A-Level Study Days (French and Spanish) take place in November and our GCSE Study Days (French and Spanish) take place in March. If you’re interested in a study day in a language not offered at present, then please get in touch.

 

KS4/GCSE Spanish & French Film and Language Study Days

 

Suitable for Year 10/11. Will also be useful for Year 12 to brush up on their language skills.
Price: £8 per student (Teachers go free, 1 teacher per 10 students).

 

Spanish Film and Language Study Day

 

When: Wednesday 9 March
Time: 10:00-14:00 (Please arrive at 9:45 outside the cinema)

This study day will use speaking, listening and written activities to explore relevant cultural, social and economic themes, including friendship, family life, poverty, immigration, and references to social issues in contemporary Mexico.

An introduction by our expert language facilitator will provide contextual information and key Spanish vocabulary. Students will take part in facilitated exercises and have an opportunity to discuss the film’s characters, their relationships, the narrative, and the intercultural differences revealed in the film.

This study day will be led by Lorna Gilpin, the North Tyne Area Manager for Vámonos, a unique platform for all ages for learning about Spanish language and culture.

Feature Film: Los Lobos (Recommended certificate: 15*)

Dir: Samuel Kishi Leopo (Mexico, 2019, 95 mins, Spanish, English and Cantonese with English subtitles)

Los Lobos follows eight-year-old Max, his younger brother Leo and their mother Lucía as they move to America and start a new life. Whilst Lucia works, the boys must stay safe and entertain themselves in the cramped apartment where they live and her struggle to gain the correct documentation is contrasted with the fantastic worlds the boys create as they try to make sense of the world around them.

*Advisory note

Los Lobos is recommended for an audience aged 15 and above. The film contains some mild and occasional use of some strong language, drug use, and sex references.

Any teachers wishing to bring any year 10s should seek parental/guardian permission.

Book your visit here.

 

French Film and Language Study Day

When: Wednesday 16 March
Time: 10:00-14:45 (Please arrive at 9:45 outside cinema)

This study morning will look at relevant GCSE themes including the city, migration, culture and friendship in contemporary France.

An introduction by our expert language facilitator will provide contextual information and key French vocabulary. Students will take part in facilitated exercises and have an opportunity to discuss the film’s characters, their relationships, the narrative, and the intercultural differences revealed in the film.

This study day will be led by Jemima Jobling, a doctoral candidate at Newcastle University who has a degree in French and Russian from the University of Cambridge and an MPhil in European, Latin American and Comparative literatures and cultures.

Feature Film: Gagarine (12A*)

Dir Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh (France, 2020, 98 mins, French with English Subtitles)

Isolated, inventive 16-year-old Yuri has lived in Cité Gagarine – a vast red brick housing project on the outskirts of Paris – all his life. He dreams of becoming an astronaut, inspired by his and the Gagarine’s namesake: Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. But now the Gagarine is in disrepair and when plans to demolish it are leaked, Yuri joins with friends Diana and Houssam in an attempt to save it.

*Advisory note

Infrequent strong language and drug use.

Book your visit here.

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