Modern Foreign Languages

  • To develop the ability to use language effectively for purposes of practical information and communication.
  • To offer insights into the culture of the countries where the language is spoken, and to create an awareness of and tolerance towards other cultures.
  • To encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages.
  • To develop an awareness of the nature of language and language learning.
  • To provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation.
  • To promote independent learning skills.
  • To promote social and communication skills.
  • To provide the opportunity to enjoy literature in the foreign language.

Years 7 to 9

In Year 7 most students study both French and German and we follow the National Curriculum. In Year 8 students opt for either French or German and continue with this in year 9, with the aim that they continue with that language through to GCSE.

French

Coursebooks used Avance 1, 2 & 3, Allez 1 & 2 Expo 4 foundation
Recommended websites for research or revision www.linguascope.com (See your MFL teacher for user name and password)
www.languagesonline.com
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-languages-progammes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-languages-progammes-of-study

Curriculum content

Year 7 French Topics include: school, house and home, daily routine, sports and hobbies, myself and my family
Year 8 Topics include: clothes, weather, food and drink, my town, transport and directions, a visit to Paris, holidays
Year 9 Topics include: healthy lifestyle, media, school, diary of Anne Frank, holidays, town and environment

German

Coursebooks used Logo 1, 2 & 3
Recommended websites for research or revision www.linguascope.com (See your MFL teacher for user name and password)
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-languages-progammes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-languages-progammes-of-study

Curriculum content

Year 7 German Topics include: myself, family and pets, school, hobbies and sport, home and local area
Year 8 Topics include: town, weather, food and drink, holidays, clothes, parts of body, health and fitness
Year 9 Topics include: self, family and friends, school, media, diary of Anne Frank, healthy lifestyle, holidays

Years 10 and 11

GCSE French and German are offered as options at KS4. We strongly recommend that students do continue to study a MFL to GCSE. These are challenging courses but the department has a strong record of success at this level.

Year 10

French German
Qualification GCSE 1-9 GCSE 1-9
Board AQA AQA
Syllabus number 8658 8668
Website link http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658 http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/german-8668
Assessment details Terminal exams:
Listening 25%
Speaking 25%
Reading 25%
Writing 25%
Pupils take either the Higher paper (Grades 9-5) or Foundation paper (Grades 5-1) for all four skills.
Terminal exams:
Listening 25%
Speaking 25%
Reading 25%
Writing 25%
Pupils take either the Higher paper (Grades 9-5) or Foundation paper (Grades 5-1) for all four skills.
Recommended coursebook AQA GCSE French 3rd Edition Higher
AQA GCSE French 3rd Edition Foundation
AQA GCSE German 3rd Edition Higher
AQA GCSE German 3rd Edition Foundation
Recommended revision guides Collins Revision GCSE French Essentials. Available from the MFL department. £3 Collins Revision GCSE German Essentials. Available from the MFL department. £3
Recommended websites www.linguascope.com (See your MFL teacher for user name and password) www.linguascope.com (See your MFL teacher for user name and password)

Year 11 follow the legacy AQA GCSE specifications as below.

French German
Qualification and syllabus number AQA GCSE 4655 AQA GCSE 4665
Website link www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/french/gcse/french-4655 www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/german/gcse/german-4665
Assessment details 30% Speaking controlled assessment
30% Writing controlled assessment
25% Listening exam June 2017
25% Reading exam June 2017
30% Speaking controlled assessment
30% Writing controlled assessment
25% Listening exam June 2017
25% Reading exam June 2017
Recommended coursebooks AQA GCSE French Second Edition Higher/ Foundation AQA GCSE German Second Edition Higher/ Foundation
Recommended websites www.linguascope.com (See your MFL teacher for user name and password) www.linguascope.com (See your MFL teacher for user name and password)

Educational Visits and Extra-Curricular information

The department aims to offer students a real experience of the language they have studied and the culture it represents through educational visits, most recently to Paris and Berlin.

We also offer Latin and Spanish as extra-curricular activities.

Students who are speakers of other languages are supported and encouraged to sit qualifications in those languages. Recent examples of GCSE success include speakers of Spanish, Polish Italian and Greek.

Ofsted Outstanding School
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