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 Post subject: Language choices
PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 8:16 pm 
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Hello,

I wonder if anyone can help. My Ds is about start Y7, and have to make language choices.

3languages - spanish, french, german. You get two choice 1st and you can place the other as 2nd choice. I dont speak any of the languages- how do i make the choices. Can someone help me. What do i have to base this on.


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 Post subject: Re: Language choices
PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 8:29 pm 
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Pick the ones he fancies doing.

Maybe try some on line stuff and see which appeals. If you have ipad/iphone then mindsnacks produce some good app language games and is free for a few basic levels, enough to get a taste.

Languages are very much a personnel preference. My DD really wanted to do German to the point it dictated our choice of schools. DH has German family so she was really motivated to learn. She did French at primary and never really got on with it, but loves German.


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 Post subject: Re: Language choices
PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 9:52 pm 
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I would choose Spanish first and French but it must be what your ds is drawn to. DG


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 Post subject: Re: Language choices
PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 5:28 am 
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Well, DS thinks french would be his choice, spanish he is doing in primary, but says he doesnt enjoy.

Language choices does it have much impact on university entrance. Do some uni look at certain mfl as a requirement. :?:

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 Post subject: Re: Language choices
PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 6:04 am 
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There are a few universities who look for a MFL at GCSE so it's quite possible by the time your DS comes to that stage that it will be more common as a requirement but unlikely to be any specific language as schools are all different in what they offer.

Didn't quite understand but if he is going to be doing 2 of the choices I would go with German alongside his first choice of French as its quite different so he is more likely to enjoy at least one of them to take to GCSE.


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 Post subject: Re: Language choices
PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 6:57 am 
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It is quite difficult if you have a choice at my DS school the students were given a first Lang, french or German and then could chose their second language in year 8 out of Rssian, Latin and either french or German. My DS would have not taken french if he had a choice as he hated it in primary but it is taught so differently at senior school that he enjoys it. I think the Russell group universities expect a language. Personally I don't think it matters what he chooses none will disadvantage him. Do you go abroad much, chose the language he would use the most and he will enjoy.


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 Post subject: Re: Language choices
PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 12:55 pm 
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German is a heavily inflected language - it has a case based system (see http://german.about.com/library/blcase_sum.htm). In structure, French and Spanish are a little more similar to English. If your son has problems with spelling in English, he might be best to avoid French, and stick with Spanish and German, which both have regular spelling systems.


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 Post subject: Re: Language choices
PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 9:45 pm 
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Thanks everyone for your input....and information.


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