At KS3, we develop students’ confidence, fluency and comprehension skills, so as to form a sound basis for further study both at KS4 and beyond. We also focus on raising awareness of other cultures and therefore creating a tolerant and positive attitude towards them and raising awareness of the importance and relevance of modern languages in the world today.
- In Year 7, students cover topics such as phonics, describing themselves, school, sports and hobbies, and where they live. The main skills focused on are giving and justifying opinions and accurate communication in the present tense.
- In Year 8, they cover the topics of film and TV, Paris, music, fashion, their town and food. The main skill concentrations are on increasing spontaneous communication, learning to use different tenses and building spoken confidence.
- In Year 9, students begin the GCSE course. They cover the topics of family and relationships, describing where they live, the body and healthy living, as well as jobs and future plans. We focus on ensuring spontaneous communication and increasing grammatical understanding. To increase intercultural awareness, we also arrange penpals for students, and at the end of Year 9, they have the opportunity to attend a residential trip to France.
What is the MFL GCSE like?
- All four language skills are assessed: speaking, writing, reading and listening in end of Year 11 exams with equal 25% weighting.
- The main topics are Identity & Culture, Social & Global Issues, Travel & Tourism, and Study & Employment.
“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