Modern Foreign Languages
The Modern Foreign Languages department consists of 5 linguists, who teach across the whole age and ability range.
We endeavour to create a learning environment which encourages pupils to achieve their potential in line with their targets. Vocabulary games, interactive, mind friendly and co-operative learning, pair work and small group work are integral to teaching and learning.
At KS3, we seek to develop students’ confidence, fluency in modern languages and their comprehension skills, forming a sound basis for further study at KS4 and beyond. We also seek to raise awareness of other cultures and therefore create a tolerant and positive attitude towards other cultures.
In Years 7, 8 and 9, students study French. Assessments in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing are made continuously throughout the year. Targets are set and revisited regularly.
Students follow the French schemes of work based on the new STUDIO course . The curriculum offers a lot of opportunities for students:
• To learn about the cultural aspect of the language, such as traditions in France.
• To find out about cross-curricular aspects of the language learning, such as the history and the geography of France.
• In Year 7, the students will cover topics such as family, school, computers and mobile technology, sports, local area and holidays.
• In Year 8, they will cover the topics of TV and film, Paris, music, food, talent shows and world geography.
Year 7 and 8 students are set homework at the start of the year to complete each week, there will be a sheet stuck in exercise books outlining the homework for each term.
In Year 9, most students will start the new GCSE French course. Teachers will differentiate the syllabus to make it accessible to all students.
All students will receive vocabulary learning homework, written homework and sometimes homework using the MFL ICT packages.
KS4 French and Spanish
What is the MFL GCSE like?
• Two year course – AQA.
• All four language skills assessed: speaking (30%), reading (20%), listening (20%) and writing (30%).
• Speaking and writing are assessed continuously throughout the two year course via teacher assessed tasks.
• Listening and reading are assessed via final exam.
• Foundation and higher tiers of entry.
How can you help your son/daughter learn?
The school subscribes to on-line learning resources in French and Spanish, aimed at KS3 and KS4 learners. Details and passwords are available from language staff.
Learning a language is about learning to communicate, and students will learn about people from cultures different from our own. Role plays, dialogues and other simulations of real life situations help educate for life beyond the classroom and beyond school. Any opportunities for real-life communication with non-English speakers should be grabbed with both hands!
Homework may include reading, exercises on “I AM LEARNING” or “LINGUASCOPE”, research, written exercises and learning spellings off by heart. Vocabulary tests are a feature of French lessons, so it would be great value to support your child by testing them.
“It is arrogant to assume that we can get by in English or that everyone else will speak our language. Learning a foreign language is polite, demonstrates commitment and in today’s world is absolutely essential.”
Sir Trevor McDonald