Modern Foreign Languages

Subject: MFL

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.
‒Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa

One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages opens every door along the way.
‒Frank Smith, psycholinguist, Harvard University

 

Modern Foreign Languages at KS3 aims to:

1. Promote a sense of open-mindedness by deepening understanding of the countries and cultures of the French and Spanish-speaking world, through topic work on festivals, celebrations, national traditions and customs.

2. Instil in students the importance of language study, by discussing the global prevalence of French / Spanish native speakers, a brief background of European language development, and the benefits of knowing more than one language, with reference to college and career application.

3. Provide students with the ability to express increasingly detailed ideas and opinions and develop justifications on increasingly mature topics in French / Spanish.

4. Develop competency in manipulating language in French and/or Spanish, including sentence structure / paragraphing / grammar.

5. Increase self-confidence in understanding and responding in French / Spanish, including to native speakers.

6. Increase fluency and spontaneity in spoken French / Spanish, finding ways to communicate what they want to say, through discussion and asking questions, and later, argument and debate, while continually improving pronunciation and intonation.

7. Develop writing skills in order to produce work of varying lengths, for different purposes and audiences, using knowledge of grammatical structures and register.

8. Develop a pleasure for accessing authentic materials – reading books, magazines, comics etc., visiting authentic websites, watching programmes, cartoons in French / Spanish.

9. Provide opportunities to communicate for practical purposes, using realistic situations and role-play exercises in order to equip students to study / work internationally.

10. Develop an ethic for independence within lessons and at home, enjoying the struggle of a piece of authentic French / Spanish and finding and using resources provided to understand.

 

French Year 7 Curriculum Plan 2016

Spanish Year 7 Curriculum Plan 2016

Spanish Year 8 Curriculum Plan 2016

Spanish Year 8 Sets 1 & 2 Curriculum Guide 2016

Spanish Year 8 Set 3 Curriculum Guide 2016

French Year 8 Curriculum Plan 2016

French Year 8 Sets 1 & 2 Curriculum Guide 2016

Spanish Year 9 Set 1 Curriculum Guide 2016

Spanish Year 9 Set 2 Scotts Set 3 Greens Curriculum Guide 2016

French Year 9 Set 1 Curriculum Guide 2016

French Year 9 Set 2 Greens Curriculum Guide 2016

 

GCSE courses offered

GCSE French

GCSE Spanish

Course overview

Unit 1: Listening and Understanding. It consists of an external examination in the summer in Year 9 or Year 11. Students sit either a Foundation paper – Grades C – G (30 minutes) or a Higher paper – Grades A* – E (40 mins)

It is worth 20% of the total qualification grade.

Unit 2: Speaking and Understanding. It consists of two Speaking controlled assessments, completed at any time during the course. These assessments will relate to one or more of the following themes: media and culture; sport and leisure; travel and tourism; or business, work and employment. Each activity must last for 4-6 minutes and marks should be submitted from each student that relate to two different task types.

It is worth 30% of the total qualification grade.

Unit 3: Reading and Understanding.  It consists of an external examination in the summer in Year 9 or Year 11. Students sit either Foundation tier – Grades C – G (35 minutes) or Higher tier – Grades A* – E (50 mins)

It is worth 20% of the total qualification grade.

Unit 4: Writing and Understanding. It consists of two Writing controlled assessments, completed at any time during the course. These assessments will relate to one or more of the following themes: media and culture; sport and leisure; travel and tourism; or business, work and employment. Students are expected to write at least 100 words for two different task types. Students aiming for grade C or above must write over 200 words.

It is worth 30% of the total qualification grade.

Spanish Year 10 Curriculum Guide 2016

French Year 10 Curriculum Guide 2016

Spanish Year 11 Curriculum Guide 2016

French Year 11 Curriculum Guide 2016

 

Where can additional information about the curriculum be found?

EdExcel GCSE French website –

http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse09/mfl/french/Pages/default.aspx

EdExcel GCSE Spanish website –

http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse09/mfl/spanish/Pages/default.aspx