Modern Foreign Languages at
The British School of Lomé
'Apprendre une langue, c'est comme le commencement d'une autre vie.'
Togo          Spain

Learning modern foreign languages (French and Spanish) at BSL is an opportunity for students to be in contact with a new languages and to be able to gradually improve the four language skills (speaking, reading, listening and writing). All students will be encouraged to demonstrate good understanding, interaction, and fluency in French or Spanish. Our goals are to first to teach both primary and secondary students with different methods. Secondly, to reinforce and improve the learners' standard to help them to become bilingual. Finally, to make sure that resources and material will maintain diversity and display the international aspect of the various teaching groups. Our courses will focus on linguistic competence and interaction as well as culture and civilization.

Course Overview: French

Key stage 3 (Years 7 – 9)


From Y7 to Y9 students (Francophones and Anglophone groups) study the following themes taught each year at different levels. Throughout the course students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing French. It will prepare them for the IGCSE French Second language. Advanced students (francophone) are able to be involved in analyzing types of text with different language registers. Topics studied are as follows:
  • Self, family and personal relationships
  • Home life and school
  • Work and future plans
  • Hobbies, leisure and entertainment
  • Food, health and fitness
  • Holidays and special occasions
  • Home town and local area
  • Life in other countries
CIE
IGCSE French

From Y7 to Y9 students study the following themes taught each year at different levels. Throughout the course students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing French. It will prepare them for the IGCSE French Second language. This is a two year course designed for all students (Francophones and Anglophones) who will learn various topics to improve both their comprehension and writing. Francophone students will receive a more advanced course to continue to raise their standard. Through the study of these Topic areas, candidates gain insight into target language countries and communities. Here are the main topics studied:
  • Everyday activities
  • Personal and social life
  • The world around us
  • The world of work
  • The international world.
The final the year examination is divided into the four skill areas. The oral exam is conducted internally and written papers externally assessed. Here is the list of papers:
  • Paper 1 Listening 25% (45 minutes)
  • Paper 2 Reading  25%  (1 hour)
  • Paper 3 Speaking 25% (15 minutes) Internally assessed/externally moderated
  • Paper 4 Writing 25% (1 hour)
IBO
IB French

The Standard level Course

French Abinitio

This course will be taught over a two-year period, with a minimum of 150 hours of contact time. Students will take the IB examination at the end of their second year of study.

Topics studied:
  • Individual and society
  • leisure and work
  • Urban and rural environment
In the final year students will be assessed when doing their Written examination (70%) and orals (30%)

French B Standard Level

The language B course is a two year course which provides students with the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to enable them to communicate successfully in an environment where the language studied is spoken. This process encourages the learner to go beyond the Confines of the classroom, expanding an awareness of the world and fostering respect for cultural diversity.

IB students will study topics such as:
  • Global issues, social relationships
  • Communication and media
  • Cultural diversity
  • Leisure
  • Science and technology
  • Health
  • Customs and traditions
French A Standard Level

This course is designed to francophone students having a very good level in French. The students doing this course have a very good performance and competence. Texts studied are chosen from a variety of sources, genres and media.

The High Level Course

French B

Apart from learning topics as SL students, students will be involved in literature to learn different language registers and to be able to deal with literary analysis. They will have the same assessment as SL students: written papers (70%) and orals (30%)

French A

This course is designed for more able francophone students. For the assessment in the final year, both Standard and Higher level students will be having a written tasks (70%) and orals (30%)

The Internal Assessment

For all IB students, orals are the internal assessment. Their teacher will conduct the oral but it will be externally moderated.

Course Overview: Spanish

Over 400 million people in the world speak Spanish. It is the world's 3rd most spoken language, after Chinese and English, and ranks 2nd in terms of native speakers. Spanish is the second most used language in international communication. It's an official language of the UN and its organizations as well as the UE. Learning Spanish permits an insight into the rich and varied cultures developed in the Spanish-speaking world and bestows more opportunity to communicate directly with Spanish-speaking people. Key stage 3 (Years 7 – 9)

The Spanish curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to hear, speak, read and write in the target language regularly and frequently within the classroom and beyond. Students study the following units:
  • School
  • Family
  • House and home
  • Daily routine
  • Free time activities
  • Food and drinks
  • Clothes
  • Health
  • Holidays
General outcomes are broad statements identifying the knowledge, skills and attitudes that students are expected to achieve in the course of their language learning experience.
  • Applications: Students will use Spanish in a variety of situations and for a variety of purposes.
  • Language Competence: Students will use Spanish effectively and competently.
  • Global Citizenship: Students will acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be effective global citizens, through the exploration of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Strategies: Students will know and use various strategies to maximize the effectiveness of learning and communication.

CIE
IGCSE Spanish Second language

The course covers the IGCSE syllabus in two years and schools develop fluency in the areas of Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening.

The aims are:
  • Develop the ability to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication.
  • Form a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure.
  • Offer insights into the culture and civilization of the countries where the language is spoken
  • Provide intellectual stimulation and enjoyment
  • Encourage fuller integration into the local community, where relevant
Content:
  • In two years we cover 5 topic areas:
  • Everyday activities
  • Personal and social life
  • The world around us
  • The world of work
  • The international world
Assessment:

The final exam is divided into the four skill areas. The oral exam is conducted internally.
  • Paper 1 Listening 25% (45 minutes)
  • Paper 2 Reading  25%  (1 hour)
  • Paper 3 Speaking 25% (15 minutes) Internally assessed/externally moderated
  • Paper 4 Writing 25% (1 hour)
IBO
IB Spanish Ab Initio

The British School of Lomé offers Spanish ab initio for students with little or no background in the language.

The main objective of the course will be to provide students who have no previous experience of Spanish with the skills that are necessary for them to be able to handle everyday situations in a Spanish-speaking environment. Through their acquisition of language they will learn how to communicate effectively with other Spanish speakers in practical and social situations.

The course will cover the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and will enable students to know how to respond appropriately and spontaneously to a wide range of different circumstances. This course is taught over a two-year period, with a minimum of 150 hours of contact time. IB Spanish ab initio curriculum is divided into three themes (individual and society, leisure and work, urban and rural environment) that are made up of a series of 20 topics.

Assessment
  • Paper 1: Receptive skills (Text-handling exercises) (External assessment)
  • Paper 2: Productive skills (write in the target language)  (External assessment)
  • Written assignment: Receptive and productive skills) (External assessment)
  • Individual oral: Interactive skills) (internal assessment
Enrichment Activities
  • Languages Day: To celebrate the diversity of languages. This event is usually presented during an assembly.
  • Lire-en-fete: A celebration of reading
  • Trips to France and Spain