In the MFL Teaching and Learning Area we are passionate about our communicative and interactive approach to language learning.
We teach French and Spanish and our aim is to enable students to become competent communicators, building students’ confidence and their ability to communicate and develop as global citizens. We equip students with language qualifications which are increasingly seen as essential by employers and therefore improve their opportunities in the workplace and their social mobility. We aim to further students’ skills of empathy and creativity as well as their cultural insight and understanding, and their ability to communicate effectively with a high degree of fluency and accuracy.
KS3 FRENCH & SPANISH
Languages are taught through four periods over a fortnight. Year 7, 8 and 9 students will study French or Spanish.
The course covers both a range of everyday and specific topics. There is a strong focus on developing students’ speaking, reading, writing and listening skills. There is a strong emphasis on the incorporation of multimedia resources to further stimulate and engage students.
All four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will be covered with an emphasis on conversational French or Spanish.
Students will cover a range of topics from school life to holidays. They will also learn to discuss where they live using a variety of vocabulary including giving directions, different foods, daily routines, hobbies, healthy living and world of work.
Students will receive one hour of homework/extended learning per fortnight.
Extended learning consists of relevant topic vocabulary. Students are expected to learn at least 10 new words per week, which are tested in lessons by translating it from English to French/Spanish on a weekly basis. Every six weeks, there is an expectation to revisit all previously learnt vocabulary to prepare for an end of unit text.
KS4 FRENCH & SPANISH
Students follow the AQA (French 8658/Spanish 8698) syllabus.
Students are immersed in the study of four key skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) within the following themes on which the assessments are based:
Theme 1: Identity and culture
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
Studying a language broadens students’ appreciation and understanding of the wider world. Studying a second language has also been scientifically proven to enhance your cognitive abilities.
Skills and Progression Routes
On completion of the course, students will have developed a number of skills including:
- The ability to work independently
- Identifying patterns in language/language and words
- Enhanced listening skills
- Problem solving
- Communicating and speaking out loud
Language skills are highly valued by many employers and particularly in business and companies with offices in other countries. A qualification in a modern foreign language may also support entry and study at university. Languages can be studied alongside a range of different subjects e.g. French and Law, Spanish and Journalism
Edexcel Advanced General Certificate of Education in French
The course is based around four principal themes.
- Theme 1 – social issues and trends in France.
- Theme 2 – artistic culture (through music, festivals and traditions) and political and artistic culture (through media), in francophone countries.
- Theme 3 – immigration and multicultural society – social issues and trends in France.
- Theme 4 – the occupation and the resistance – political culture in France.
- Listening, Reading and Translation (40%)
- Written response to works of literature and films (30%)
- Speaking – Discussion of a theme from the specification and a presentation and discussion based on individual research (30%)
The course offers a suitable progression route to further study at university. The study of one language at ‘A’ level and help promote the learning of other languages. The qualification may also add to an individual’s employability profile, particularly for UK organisations trading overseas, as well as international companies based in the UK and globally. Students can progress to a wide range of careers in areas such as journalism and media, education, science, medicine, the civil service, sales, marketing, retail and charities.
A Collins Robert dictionary is an extremely valuable tool to learning on the course.