Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Throughout Year 7, 8 students learn topical vocabulary with basic structures and tenses, which is delivered through rich and authentic material such as films, songs, literature and poems.  The use of ICT is also of key importance in our department both for research tasks, and for developing grammatical skills through various pieces of software that we use.

Our students continuously work on improving listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. Students will be formally assessed in all four skills at the end of each term during MFL Exam Week.  They will be assessed on the previous two  units of learning and will have an exam on each of the 4 skills divided equally across the units.

The teaching and learning of MFL regularly make links to other areas of the School Curriculum such as English, geography, mathematics, food technology and personal development.

The topics that students study per year is as follows:

Year 7:

  • Classroom language, personal information, physical appearance
  • Nationalities and the wider world
  • Personality, family relationship and school subjects
  • Food and international cooking projects
  • Local area
  • Free time (hobbies and what you do in your free time)

Year 8:

  • Lifestyle, clothes and fashion shows
  • Holidays and dream destinations.
  • Sport, leisure and health
  • Daily life and issues in Francophone/ Hispanic countries
  • International festivals and holidays
  • Independent Research Projects

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11) /GCSE/GCSE Equivalent

French AQA GCSE 8658

Spanish AQA GCSE 8698

We offer GCSE in French and Spanish which help students to develop their language skills in a variety of contexts, with a broad understanding of the culture of countries and communities where the language is spoken.  It encourages enjoyment of language learning and the recognition that language skills enable students to take their place in a multi-lingual global society. 

Our students continuously work on improving listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. Students will be formally assessed in all four skills in a GCSE style at the end of each term during MFL Exam Week.  They will be assessed on the previous two  units of learning and will have an exam on each of the 4 skills divided equally across the units.

This four-skilled specification requires students to develop their ability to read, listen, write and speak confidently in the foreign language.  This qualification counts towards the English Baccalaureate.

Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based.

Theme 1: Identity and Culture

Theme 2: Local, national and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

The GSCE has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

Paper 1 Listening: Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

  • Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)
  • 40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE

Paper 2 Speaking: Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

  • Non-exam assessment
  • 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time
  • 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE

Paper 3 Reading: Understanding and responding to different types of written language

  • Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE

Paper 4 Writing: Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes

  • Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)
  • 50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier
  • 25% of GCSE

 

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13) /A Level/A Level Equivalent

French AQA GCE 7652

Spanish AQA GCE 7692

A Level languages are where the real fun begins. By this time students will already have a solid understanding of the basics and can start to branch out into many new exciting and interesting topics and discussions.

Not only is the course extremely interesting, rich and engaging, it is also an incredibly useful A level in terms of employability. Having an A level language qualification on your CV shows any employer great commitment and an impressive level of ability.

There are many courses around the UK where you can study towards a Single Honours degree in French.  The majority of these courses involve a year studying in France or another French-speaking country, which is a fantastic opportunity both for educational and personal reasons.

Likewise there are many courses where you can take a language in addition to another subject such as Law or a second and sometimes even a third language such as Spanish and German.

Course outline:

This qualification is linear and all examinations will take place at the end of year 13.  However, students will be regularly assessed in class and will complete formal internal examinations in Year 12.

Core content

  • Social issues and trends
  • Political and artistic culture
  • Grammar

You will get the opportunity to study either one text and one film or two texts.

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing, 2 hour and 30 mins, 100 marks, 50% of A-level.

Listening: Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts. All questions are in French.  30 marks.

Reading: Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources. All questions are in French. 50 marks.

Writing: Translation into English; a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks) Translation into French; a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks).

Paper 2: Writing, 2 hours, 80 marks, 20% of A-level

Either one question in French on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in French on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in French on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text.

Paper 3: Speaking, 21-25 minutes, including 5 minutes preparation time, 60 marks, 30% of A-level.

Individual research project covering one of four sub-themes ie, Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends, Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues, Artistic culture in the French-speaking world, Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world.

  • Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes).  The student studies the card for 5 minutes at the start of the test (25 marks).
  • Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks).
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Curriculum

KS4

French AQA GCSE 8658

Spanish AQA GCSE 8698

Units Covered:

Theme 1:

  • Family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free time- TV/Music/ Eating out
  • Customs and Festivals in the French/ Spanish speaking world

Theme 2:

  • My town and home
  • Social issues and trends
  • Global issues and solutions
  • Holidays and tourism

Theme 3:

  • School and University
  • Jobs and future careers
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AS/A level

French AQA GCE 7652

Spanish AQA GCE 7692

Units Covered:

Aspects of French/ Spanish speaking society- Current Trends:

  • The changing nature of the family
  • The “cyber-society”
  • The place of voluntary work

Aspects of French/ Spanish speaking society- Current Issues:

  • The positive features of a diverse society
  • Life for the marginalized.
  • How criminals are treated.

Artistic culture of French/ Spanish speaking world:

  • A proud culture of its heritage
  • Contemporary music
  • Cinema the 7th art.

Political culture of French/ Spanish speaking world:

  • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
  • Demonstrations and strikes- who holds the power?
  • Politics and immigration

Department Staff

  • Miss C Krieger- Curriculum Leader MFL
  • Miss L Blomfield- Teacher of MFL
  • Miss H Spargo- Teacher of MFL

 

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
  • Lyricstraining.fr
  • Acapela.es
  • Duolingo.com
  • Language-gym.com
  • Brut Netflix series