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Modern Foreign Languages

Welcome to the MFL Department

Lead Teacher

Mr R Wills
MFL

The Team:

Mrs R Dunys

Miss N Aggett


Introduction to the Department:

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In Year 7, pupils study one term of French, German and Spanish and at the end of the year they will select the language they will continue to study until Year 11.

In all modern languages, we seek to balance our work between the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. At Key Stage 3, the department has recently invested in new, dynamic and modern text books for all three languages including interactive teaching and learning software which captures the attention and imagination of our pupils. These new courses support us in delivering the revised KS3 MFL Curriculum which now includes the study of literary texts and translation into and from the target language.

From an early stage, pupils are taught to become more independent in their approach to language learning. Pupils are encouraged to think about different ways of learning, in order to support them. We help pupils find the strategies which best suit them, so that they can take responsibility for their own learning. To further support a growing independence, pupils are asked to purchase a bilingual dictionary in the relevant language. They are asked to record new words and structures in their exercise book and are tested at regular intervals. Pupils are also given access to the use of certain web-sites for independent study. The department scheme of work for all languages strives to produce confident speakers of the language with a good grasp of phonics, grammatical structures and a wide range of language.

Throughout Key Stage 3, we share assessment criteria with all pupils. Assessment for Learning is used to encourage pupils to analyse their own work, in order to identify strengths, weaknesses and ways they can improve. This plays a key feature also at Key Stage 4.

Year 7 outline of schemes of work:

French

German

Spanish

All about me!

Family and Pets

My free time

Y8 outline of scheme of work:

French

    German

   Spanish

School

Free time

My town

Future Holiday

All about me!

School

Free time

Future Holiday

All about me!

School

Family and Pets

My town

Key Stage 4 Information:

From Year 9, languages at GCSE are compulsory and pupils continue studying the language they selected at the end of Year 7. At this stage, pupils may also choose a second GCSE language. Currently we offer French, German and Spanish on the curriculum and Latin and Italian as extra-curricular GCSE courses. We believe that learning another language will give our pupils a valuable asset and source of satisfaction in later life. It is an important component of a full academic education, upon which many top universities and employers insist, even where languages are not directly relevant to the chosen course or job. Our keenest linguists often continue with two or even three languages in Key Stage 4.

Our main Examination board for Modern Languages is Edexcel, but OCR for Latin.

At GCSE in the Modern Languages, there is a big emphasis placed upon being able to use higher grammatical structures and to have an increasingly greater understanding of the language. This, we believe, will enable pupils to better manipulate language to their own ends and communicate their interests. Pupils will sit four examinations in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Once again the understanding of literary text and the ability to translate are features of the reading and writing exams. As well as using the exam specific text books as a tool for language learning and teaching, the Languages Department is well equipped with additional materials created by staff to aid pupils preparation for the examinations.

GCSE Themes:

French/German/Spanish

Identity and culture

Local area, holiday and travel

School

Future aspirations, study and work

International and global dimension

Examination Board used:

We follow the Edexcel exam board for the Modern Languages and OCR for Latin.

Qualification to be obtained:

GCSE French GCSE German GCSE Spanish (Curriculum)

GCSE Latin GCSE Italian (Extra-Curricular)