Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

“You live a new life for every new language you speak.  If you know only one language, you live only once.”

Czech proverb

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Language is an expression of who we are as individuals, communities and nations. Without language there would be no culture as we know it, no music, movies, fine food, literature, poetry, theatre or art, for the two are intimately linked.

Similarly, discovering a new culture is an immensely enriching experience intricately tied to the knowledge of a foreign language.

Having the ability to speak a foreign language gives you an opportunity to see, explore and experience the world in a way that would have been impossible without the ability to communicate with others. Whether your dream is to travel the world, explore a host of new job opportunities or to develop cross-cultural relationships with people from all across the globe, learning a language can help you in countless ways. 

In the MFL Department we operate under the ethos; ‘Not all classrooms have four walls’. This vision is something we want our students to appreciate every time they have a French or Spanish lesson; the world is crying out to be discovered and their ability to speak a language can bring them the opportunities of a lifetime. However, it is not only travelling where languages can help you, the benefits of bilingualism are endless:

  • Meeting new people and developing lifelong friendships
  • Discovering new cultures and traditions
  • Becoming more open minded
  • Studying or moving abroad to work
  • Improving your employability and salary
  • Studies show those with the ability to speak a second language possess greater cognitive skills
  • Improve your decision making skills
  • Develop your own confidence
  • Improve your understanding your own language and culture
  • Challenging yourself

At The Misboure, we offer French and Spanish and our lessons heighten our students’ cultural awareness with rich content, engaging activities and culturally authentic materials. There are 29 countries in the world where French is spoken as the first language and Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world, the opportunities for personal growth and development are truly endless.

We want you to enjoy what languages can offer you, take a challenge and try something new.  Come on a journey with us and see what you discover for yourself.

Curriculum

 

“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”
‒ Flora Lewis

Click on the links below (or on the left hand side of this page to find out more about the curriculum in different Key Stages:

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

MFL Staff:

 

  • Ms C Krieger Curriculum Leader, Teacher of French and Spanish
  • Mrs D Hill Teacher of French
  • Ms L Blomfield Teacher of MFL

Student Leadership:

The MFL Department runs a very popular Language Leader Award Scheme which allows students to run for the school Student Accreditation Award. As part of the award, they complete three primary school visits a year where they teach lessons in groups.  This requires them to liaise with primary school teachers to tailor their lessons around current topics being taught in each school, as well as completing surveys to ascertain which activities students enjoy the most and allow them to make the most amount of progress.

Furthermore, they organise activities to celebrate International Day of Languages and Bastille Day, whilst providing a valuable service to our Student Voice committee.

Every Tuesday they use their lunchtimes to mentor other students from lower year groups and they are a valuable tool in the classroom, as younger pupils look up to them and yet feel able to ask them for help.  The scheme offers the leaders the chance to improve their own language skills and confidence, to be creative, to plan and organise activities, to develop a whole range of presentational skills, to work as a member of a team and as a team leader.

Excursions, trips and other exciting projects

We believe that offering a selection of trips is pivotal in exposing our students to the rich and exciting cultures of the languages they are studying. By placing our students in situations that makes their language learning both real and contextual, we hope that their appreciation, curiosity and love for the languages that we offer will grow and flourish.

Language Leader Primary School Visits, November, April, June

As part of our Language Leader Award Scheme, our students are expected to visit local primary schools at three points of the year to deliver a lesson in groups in French/Spanish, They are required to plan and deliver the lessons themselves, as well as liaise with primary school teachers for the focus of the lesson and the outcomes.

December Christmas Market to Lille

This overnight stay will include a tour of the Lille Christmas market, which is one of the biggest in France.  We will also be doing a guided walking tour of the city of Lille which is conducted both in French and English, meaning students will be exposed to native French speakers whilst broadening their understanding of France’s rich history.

Easter Trip to Barcelona

This five day, seven night experience will include a guided tour of the Nou Camp Stadium, the Sagrada Familia and The Olympic Museum where we will participate in a guided walking tour of the East side of the city conducted both in Spanish and English, meaning students will be exposed to native Spanish speakers whilst broadening their understanding of Barcelonas rich history.  Additional proposed activities include a tour of Parc Güell where students can gain further insight into the legendary Spanish artist, Gaudi, as well as visits to various Spanish markets at which students can put their language skills to good use and sample traditional Spanish food.  By visiting Barcelona, students will also be able to further develop their understanding of the Second World War, its impact on Spanish society and how this extended into modern day society by looking at the Catalan independence referendum.

Homework and Assignments

 

  • Key Stage 3 – Homework is set weekly and students are expected to undertake a minimum of 30 minutes per week.
  • Key Stage 4 – Homework is set weekly and students are expected to undertake a minimum of 80 minutes per week.
  • Key Stage 5 – Homework is set weekly and students are expected to undertake a minimum of four hours per week.

Past Examination Results

Summer 2017

French A*-A 41.2%

A*-C 100%

Spanish A*-A 25%

A*-C 62.5 %

Summer 2016

French             80% A*-A     100% A-C

Spanish         80% A-C      20% A*-A           

Summer 2015

French        100% A*-C            50% A*-A

Spanish       64.3% A*-C          14.3% A

Useful Websites and Resources

 

  • Thisislanguage.com
  • Quizlet.com
  • Memrise.com
  • Kerboodle
  • Languages on Line
  • Tv5. Fr
  • French news podcast
  • Spanish news
  • BBC learning Mi vida loca