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Modern Foreign Languages Faculty

Modern Foreign Languages Faculty

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart. - Nelson Mandela

The MFL Department is made up of two members of staff:
Second in Faculty: Miss C Jowitt 
Miss N Benjelloun

Being able to speak a foreign language is now an essential life skill whether at work, in education or for leisure purposes. French is the first or second language in more than 40 countries and is spoken by 125 million people around the world, on every continent. There are more than 350 million native Spanish speakers worldwide and for many the learning of this language is rapidly becoming a business necessity.

Most employers will look more favourably on job applicants with a foreign language and careers include interpreter, translator, lawyer, doctor, nurse, air hostess, import/export industry, engineering, sales and marketing, accountant, secretary, teacher, banking, United Nations, European Union – in fact any career will be enhanced with a language qualification. Further study could be AS/A2 French or Spanish (Grade 4 is usually a requirement) or vocational studies such as Travel and Tourism. Many universities now request that students have studied a language at GCSE (particularly some English courses)

The department currently offer all students the opportunity to study French and some to take Spanish as a second foreign language.

Key Stage 3

French

Year 7 pupils follow the Clic Course. This is a scheme for 11-14 year olds with two levels (Star and Plus). We would expect most pupils to work to reach step 2 by the end of the year. Year 8 pupils continue with this course at the appropriate level. By the end of year 8 pupils should aim to reach step 4.

 

Term 1 (Winter)

Term 2 (Spring)

Term 3 (Summer)

Year 7

  • Basic introductions and
    personal details, family
  • School Life
  • Free time
  • House and home 

Key Stage 3

Spanish

Pupils are given the opportunity to study a second foreign language in year 8.

Year 8 pupils follow the Mira Course. We would expect most pupils to work to reach step 2 by the end of the year. In year 9 pupils can opt to continue the study of Spanish as an option.

 

Term 1 (Winter)

Term 2 (Spring)

Term 3 (Summer)

Year 7

  • Basic introductions and
    personal details, family
  • Family and pets
  • School life
  • House and home 

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE French/Spanish

Year 10 pupils may opt to study French and / or Spanish. Pupils follow the AQA new GCSE syllabus.

The three main topics of study in the syllabus are:

 

Term 1 (Winter)

Term 2 (Spring)

Term 3 (Summer)

Year 10

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

Assessment

GCSE languages have a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4-9) and the four skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing are assessed by examination at the end of the two years of study. Students must take all four question papers at the same tier and each skill counts for 25% of the final grade. Pupils will be asked to speak, write and translate from memory as well as to understanding and responding to different types of spoken language. Dictionaries may not be used in any part of the examinations. There is no coursework option in this subject. To see the full specification, go to: - www.aqa.org.uk

Extra Curriculum Activities

The department runs regular trips to enhance learning and to develop pupils’ cultural awareness. Past trips have included trips to northern France and Paris. Pupils have benefitted from the regular trips to universities to experience the study of a Modern Foreign Language. Here pupils have taken part in Chinese calligraphy, translating and using different types of software to enhance learning.

E-Learning

French is taught using a range of e-learning as appropriate. The department uses a range of different web-sites such as linguascope, atantôt, textivate etc. to deliver lessons. The department has the use of lap-tops which the pupils can also use to aid learning. Pupils especially enjoy using the active voting pods in class.