Students at Koç School currently choose one language from French, German or Spanish, which they then study for seven years from Grade 5 to Grade 11. In High School the Cambridge IGCSE courses are proving to be very popular. Students can also opt to study French / German / Spanish as part of their IB course. The Koç School’s Modern Foreign Languages Department is proud of the excellent results our students obtain both in the IGCSE and the IB exams.
All teachers offer students a variety of stimulating activities in order to develop their ability to communicate effectively in the foreign language and to instil enthusiasm for the language. We consider a differentiated approach to be the most effective way to ensure the best progression for each student. After four years of Middle School French / German / Spanish students are able to communicate on a wide variety of topics with confidence and with a good level of accuracy. We also put an emphasis on helping students to look at the culture of the countries where the language is spoken and encourage them to take a more profound look at their own culture.
Our Modern Foreign Languages Department is well-stocked and the Library works closely with us to update the Foreign Language section. Furthermore, the School has invested in the latest technology to teach MFL. All classrooms are equipped with a Smartboard and a sound system. Teachers use interactive CD-ROMs and we also have document readers, Promethean interactive handsets etc. to enhance the learning experience. MFL teachers use film clips, video clips, songs etc. to keep the students interested in the foreign language and to improve their level of fluency. The Department has an annual subscription to a website which is very popular with both staff and students. We have access to computer labs and to class sets of Tablets so that students can do research, web quests, online exercises, etc.
In Middle School we use textbooks which provide students with the solid foundation they require for taking the Cambridge IGCSE exam in High School. The books we use are:
French Accès Studio and Studio (books 1, 2 and 3)
German Echo (books 1, 2 and 3)
Spanish ¡Mira! (books 1, 2 and 3)
The MFL office can be reached on extension 6399.