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Modern Foreign Languages (French, German & Spanish)

“C’est en forgeant qu’on devient forgeron”

 

(Practice makes perfect)

Overview

Students all begin with French in Year 7, as this builds on much of the good grounding in the language from our feeder schools. All students have 2 hours per week, and continue on with French or Spanish in Year 8.

Depending on their language abilities, students then opt for a language GCSE for Year 9 if appropriate for them.  We encourage students to consider continuing with a foreign languages to GCSE because of their importance in the global marketplace and the opportunities of travel and cultural understanding that language skills provide.

Staff

Andrew Pearce
MFL Team Leader  (French and German)

Emily Callister
MFL Teacher (French and Spanish) 

Shirley Randall
MFL Teacher (French and Spanish)

 

Foundation Stage

KS3 Course Outline

Students study a variety of topics across the 4 skill areas; Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
Year 7 French

  • Term 1: “C’est perso” – Describing myself and others
  • Term 2: “C’est perso”/”Mon collège” – School subjects and opinions
  • Term 3: ”Mon collège” – School routine and food
  • Term 4: “Mes passe-temps” – Hobbies and free time
  • Term 5: “Mes passe-temps” /”Ma zone” – My house and town
  • Term 6: ”Ma zone” – Describing where I live

Year 8 French

  • Term 1: “T’es branché(e)?” – TV, film, media and hobbies
  • Term 2: “T’es branché(e)?”/ “Paris, je t’adore!” – Describing a holiday in the past
  • Term 3: “Paris, je t’adore!”
  • Term 4: “Mon identité” – Writing about myself and what I like to do
  • Term 5: “Mon identité”/ “Chez moi, chez toi” – Where I live and food I eat
  • Term 6: “Chez moi, chez toi” – Special occasions

Year 8 Spanish

  • Term 1: “En clase” – Greetings, instructions, alphabet, numbers
  • “¿Quién eres?” – Name, age, birthday
  • Term 2: "Mi familia” – Brothers and sisters, appearance, pets
  • Term 3: “En el pueblo” – Town and facilities, “En casa” – House, rooms, furniture
  • Term 4: “Tiempo libre” – Hobbies and free time, arranging to go out
  • Term 5: “El cole” – School subjects and opinions, timetable, time, “La rutina diaria” – Daily routine, food, mealtimes, weather
  • Term 6: “En la oficina de turismo” – Directions, places of interest, “Tapas y bebidas” – Food and drink, “La ropa” – Clothes and shopping

KS3 Assessment Details

Students are assessed with regular Listening and Reading comprehension papers suited to their current ability and designed to give accurate feedback and assist the teacher to give specific advice on how to move on to the next level. These assessments are complemented by speaking and writing activities in class to improve students’ ability to communicate clearly, accurately and with confidence in the target language in a range of contexts.

How Will Students Learn:

Listening comprehension, using a variety of resources – repetition, conversations, videos, songs.
Reading comprehension, using a range of text types – letters, e-mails, conversations, reviews, menus, leaflets and other authentic documents.

Speaking tasks, together in class, in groups, pairs, individually, sometimes recorded in small groups or by the teacher.

Students producing extended written responses to relevant questions on the particular topic area, usually as a summative assessment on the language unit studied.

Other Skills They Will Develop:

Improved confidence with their communication skills, a greater understanding of other countries and cultures, and how grammar and language structure works in practice, both in the foreign language as well as in English.

KS3 Equipment Needed

Bilingual English/foreign language dictionary would be an advantage, but it not essential at this stage.

KS3 Homework

Students are given homework once a fortnight for each language, and tasks typically will last 30 minutes. These tasks will often involve learning vocabulary covered in lessons in order to apply it in future learning, or to extend comprehension of language they have been presented  in the classroom.

Extra Opportunities

  • Languages study visit for Years 8-10 in the Summer Term, to either France or Spain

KS3 Useful Publications/Websites

  • Linguascope – Beginners, then follow the links for each language.

KS3 How can you support your son/daughter’s progress?

Encourage them to try and complete homework when it is set, so they can ask the teacher for help if they need it. Test them on new vocabulary, and get them to teach what they’re learning to you or someone else in the family.

Possible Option Routes

GCSE in the language studied.

Linguist of the Fortnight – MFL staff nominate students every two weeks if they have produced particularly good work in their languages lessons. A winner is chosen from the nominees and presented with a certificate, and the winners go forward to ‘Linguist of the Term’, where the winner for that year group and language is presented with a pinbadge for that language in the term assembly.

 

Personalisation Stage

GCSE French, German and Spanish (2017 Leavers only)

KS4 Examination Board and syllabus no: AQA French – 4655, AQA German – 4665, AQA Spanish - 4695

Course Outline

We aim to develop students who are skilled linguists in the foreign languages we offer, in all of the skill areas required by the GCSE while also enabling them to develop confidence in communicating in the language in real-life situations when they will find the language useful.

KS4 Assessment Details

Assessment is at either Foundation (grades G - C) or Higher Tier (grades D - A*).  Candidates may be entered for either tier in each skill.  Assessment of Listening and Reading will be during the examination period of Year 11, whilst Speaking and Writing will be assessed by a coursework option over the two years of the GCSE course.

  

FOUNDATION

HIGHER

Listening (20%)

30 minute exam, short answers.

 40 minute exam, some longer answers.

Reading (20%)

30 minute exam, short answers

 50 minute exam, some longer answers

Speaking (30%)

2 recorded tasks, marked in school and moderated by our exam board.

Writing (30%)

Students submit 2 pieces of writing, done under controlled conditions.

How Will Students Learn

Within the aims of the course students are expected to demonstrate an ability to:

  • Understand and respond to spoken language
  • Apply accurately the grammar and structures
  • Understand and respond to written language

The topics are an extension of many of the themes introduced to students at Key Stage 3, but each unit is prepared in detail both as a basis for coursework and ready to answer comprehension questions in the Year 11 exams.

Other Skills They Will Develop

Improved confidence with their communication skills, a greater understanding of other countries and cultures, and how grammar and language structure works in practice, both in the foreign language as well as in English.

KS4 Homework

Homework will be set once a week, lasting approximately 30 minutes, including a variety of learning vocabulary, reading comprehension, and preparation for speaking and writing assessments.

Extra Opportunities

  • French cultural visit for years 9-11 in the Summer Term
  • Intervention sessions at lunchtimes or after-school by arrangement with the teacher.
  • Specific Gifted and Talented Programmes

KS4 Useful Publications/Websites

KS4 How can you support your son/daughter’s progress?

  • Encourage them to try and complete homework and assignments when they are set, so they can ask the teacher for help if they need it.
  • Test them on new vocabulary, and get them to teach what they’re learning to you or someone else in the family.
  • Make sure they are accessing Vocab Express on a regular basis, as it will reinforce their learning of each language unit and provide thorough preparation for both coursework and exams.

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