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Modern Foreign Languages

One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way!

Why learn a language?

Travel
Even a little knowledge of the language can make a difference in attitude when you meet people from other countries. Speaking another language helps to break down barriers.

Work and business
It can help you give an added advantage in your career if you work for an international firm or a company with international customers or contacts. Having a GCSE in languages opens doors to better paid jobs.

Music, film, arts and culture
If you like literature, films or music from other countries, learning the language will help your appreciation and understanding.

For a challenge
You will rapidly enjoy a sense of satisfaction from achieving short-term goals, such as learning how to say hello, introducing yourself or numbers 1-10. Improving your language skills will give you a sense of pride and achievement.

KEY STAGE 3

Students throughout KS3 build on their knowledge of French or Spanish in year 7 and 8.

Topics covered include:

 Theme 1: Identity and culture

 Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

 Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

 Students have the opportunity to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in each lesson. They will also study a range of grammatical features including tenses, opinions, justifications, negatives, connectives and complex structures. A variety of teaching and learning styles are incorporated into lessons and students are encouraged to become independent learners to develop their language acquisition and application. Self-assessment and peer-assessment continue to play an important role in their learning and in their development which will prepare them with the exam skills ready for the GCSE course in year 9.

 

KEY STAGE 4

 From year 9, students focus on how to develop their use of French or Spanish in a range of contexts. A big focus is placed on study skills and how students deepen their range of vocabulary and their understanding of a range of grammatical features, as required by the GCSE specification. Students work hard to develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing and will study a range of cultural items linking to French or Spanish and the French or Spanish speaking world.

Topics covered include:

 Theme 1: Identity and culture

 Identity and culture covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

 Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

·         Relationships with family and friends

·         Marriage/partnership

 Topic 2: Technology in everyday life

·         Social media

·         Mobile technology

 Topic 3: Free-time activities

·         Music

·         Cinema and TV

·         Food and eating out

·         Sport

 Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities

 

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

 Local, national, international and global areas of interest covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

 Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

 Topic 2: Social issues

·         Charity/voluntary work

·         Healthy/unhealthy living

 Topic 3: Global issues

·         The environment

·         Poverty/homelessness

 Topic 4: Travel and tourism

 

 Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

 Current and future study and employment covers the following four topics:

 Topic 1: My studies

 Topic 2: Life at school/college

 Topic 3: Education post-16

 Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions

 Students will be assessed on their four skills, speaking, listening, writing and reading.

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. Each skill is worth 25% of the final GCSE grade.

 

Enrichment

 • Lunch time language club

• French/ movie lunch club

• MFL Ambassadors

• Theatre company visit

• Residential trip abroad

 Head of Department

Mr A Ribot (Jan 2017)