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    Modern Foreign Languages

    Over the past two decades, countries in the world have become more and more interdependent, and new technologies have erased many existing borders. Learning foreign languages has become more necessary than ever for linking with the rest of the world and for producing an enlightened citizenship able to function in today’s ever-shrinking world.

    Languages are the bedrock of the world’s cultural heritage. Every language offers a rich and unique insight into different ways of thinking and living as well as into the history of the myriad of cultures and peoples across the globe. Foreign languages are also important to those working in business, communications and nearly every other career track.

    The MFL department aims to:

    • equip students with the confidence and ability to communicate both verbally and in writing in a foreign language;
    • develop an awareness of the nature of language and language learning;
    • promote positive attitudes to language learning;
    • give students some understanding of cultures different from their own;
    • equip students with specific skills eg. learning, memorising, working with others, working independently, reading for pleasure, dictionary skills, ICT;
    • improve communication skills;
    • increase a skill transferable to the workplace, in expanding global markets .

    Students study French or Spanish in Year 7 and 8. At the end of Year 8 they can choose to take a language to GCSE and in Year 9 they study the pre GCSE language course.

    All students have the opportunity of continuing with French or Spanish to GCSE level and A level.

    Urdu is taught in an after school lesson weekly.  Students, who can read and write in a home language can be entered for available GCSEs and A levels.

    KEY STAGE 3

    FRENCH YEAR 7 

    1. C’est perso Talking about personal information, physical appearance and favourite objects.
    2. Mon collège Describing your school, subjects, timetable and talking about food.
    3. Mes passetemps Talking about mobiles, technology, free time and what you like doing.
    4. Ma zone Learning about your area, giving directions and saying what you can do in town.
    5. 3, 2, 1…Partez! Learning to talk about holiday plans and use the future tense.

    FRENCH YEAR 8

    1. T’es branché(e)? Talking about internet, movies, book reading and free time.
    2. Paris, je t’adore! Asking for tourist information and using the past tense.
    3. Mon identité Talking about mobiles, technology, free time and what you like doing.
    4. Chez moi, chez toi Describing your home and discussing food to buy.
    5. Quel talent?! Talking about talent and ambition and using must and can.

    Assessment
    There will be an end of module assessment for each unit combining at least 2 of the 4 main skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). At the end of the year students will take an end of year exam which will complete the language course.

     

    SPANISH YEAR 7 

    1. Mi vida  Introducing yourself. Talking about your personality, age, birthday and friends.
    2. Mi tiempo libre Giving opinions. Saying what you do in your spare time and what sports you do.
    3. Mi insti Describing your school, teachers, subjects, timetable and talking about food.
    4. Mi familia y mis amigos Describing your family, what you look like and where you live.
    5. Mi ciudad Describing your town or village, telling the time and using the future tense.

    SPANISH YEAR 8

    1. Mis vacaciones Talking about a past holiday. Using the preterite tense of regular verbs.
    2. Todo sobre mi vida Saying what you use your phone for and what type of music you like. Talking about TV.
    3. ¡A comer! Saying what food you like. Describing mealtimes and ordering a meal.
    4. ¿Qué hacemos? Arranging to go out Making excuses. Using querer and poder. Talking about clothes.
    5. Operación verano Describing holiday activities and a world trip. Talking about summer camps.

    Assessment
    There will be an end of module assessment for each unit combining at least 2 of the 4 main skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). At the end of the year students will take an end of year exam which will complete the language course.

    KEY STAGE 4

    FRENCH YEAR 9 

    1. Ma vie sociale d’ado Describing yourself and a music event / Using the verb aller.
    2. Bien dans sa peau Learning the parts of the body and talking about healthy eating.
    3. À l’horizon Talking about your job, describing what your job involves and talking about your ambitions.
    4. Spécial vacances Discussing holidays, describing holiday disasters and visiting a tourist attraction.
    5. Moi dans le monde Discussing what you are allowed to do and talking about things you buy using three tenses.

    SPANISH YEAR 9 

    1. Los medios de comunicación Technology and leisure time.
    2. El instituto School rules, description and daily routine.
    3. La salud Healthy food and healthy living.
    4. Ganarse la vida Languages at work.
    5. Hispanoamérica Spanish speaking countries.
    6. Mi casa es tu casa Meeting and greeting people.

    Assessment
    There will be an end of module assessment for each unit combining at least 2 of the 4 main skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). At the end of the year students will take an end of year exam which will complete the language course.

     

    GCSE FRENCH

    Theme 1 - Identity and Culture Family and friends, technology in everyday life, free time activities and customs and festivals
    Theme 2 - Local, national and international and global areas of interests

    Home town, neighbourhood and region

    Social issues, global issues and travel and tourism

    Theme 3 - Current and future study and employment My studies, life at school and college, education post-16 and jobs, career choices and ambitions

    Which examination board sets the syllabus?
    AQA

    What qualification will i get?
    GCSE French

    Assessment
    All three topics are examined at the end of the course in four separate papers

    • Listening (25%)
    • Speaking (25%)
    • Reading and translating (25%)
    • Writing (25%)

     

    GCSE SPANISH

    Theme 1 - Identity and Culture Family and friends, technology in everyday life, free time activities and customs and festivals
    Theme 2 - Local, national and international and global areas of interests

    Home town, neighbourhood and region

    Social issues, global issues and travel and tourism

    Theme 3 - Current and future study and employment My studies, life at school and college, education post-16 and jobs, career choices and ambitions

    Which examination board sets the syllabus?
    AQA

    What qualification will i get?
    GCSE Spanish

    Assessment
    All three topics are examined at the end of the course in four separate papers

    • Listening (25%)
    • Speaking (25%)
    • Reading and translating (25%)
    • Writing (25%)
    key stage 5

    A LEVEL SPANISH (AQA):

    The focus of this course is to enable students to develop their linguistic skills alongside their understanding of the culture and society of countries where Spanish is spoken. Students study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings. They will study highlights of Spanish-speaking artistic culture, including Hispanic music and cinema, and learn about political engagement and who wields power in the Spanish-speaking world. Students also explore the influence of the past on present-day Hispanic communities. Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of Spanish-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study texts and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice.

    If students wish to read Spanish at university, A level Spanish is essential. However, studying a language at A level is a valuable asset to combine with any other programme of study.

    Exam Board: AQA

    Year 1 Subject Content:

    Students must study the following themes in relation to at least one Spanish-speaking country. There are various sub-themes a school can choose to study using a range of sources, including material from online media.

    Aspects of Hispanic society:

    • Modern and traditional values
    • Cyberspace
    • Equal rights

    Artistic culture in the Hispanic world:

    • Modern day idols
    • Spanish regional identity
    • Cultural heritage

    Year 2 Subject Content

    Multiculturalism in Hispanic Society:

    • Immigration
    • Racism
    • Integration

    Aspects of political life in Hispanic world:

    • Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens
    • Monarchies and dictatorships
    • Popular movements

    Career Opportunities / Routes

    A level Spanish supports progression into many higher education courses and the following areas of work: Airport airline industry; banking and finance; business (most of British business is export); counselling/social services; customer services; diplomatic service; education; human resources; journalism; government and law; media; translation; travel and tourism; and the military services. 

    Assessment

    Paper 1: Listening Reading & Writing 

    Written exam assessing aspects of Hispanic society, political life and artistic culture.                                        

    • 50%

    Paper 2: Writing (20%)                             

    Written exam assessing a text and film, or two texts, from the list set in the specification and grammar.    

    • 20%

    Paper 3: Speaking (30%)                          

    Speaking exam assessing an individual research project and aspects of Hispanic society.

    • 30%


    A LEVEL FRENCH (AQA):

    The focus of this course is to enable students to develop their linguistic skills alongside their understanding of the culture and society of countries where French is spoken. Students study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings. They will study highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema, and learn about political engagement and who wields power in the French-speaking world. Students also explore the influence of the past on present-day French speaking communities. Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of French-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study texts and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice.

    If students wish to read French at university, A level French is essential. However, studying a language at A level is a valuable asset to combine with any other programme of study.

    Exam Board: AQA

    Year 1 Subject Content:

    Students must study the following themes in relation to at least one French-speaking country. There are various sub-themes a school can choose to study using a range of sources, including material from online media.

    Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends:

    • Changing nature of the family
    • The ‘cyber-society’
    • The place of voluntary work

    Artistic culture in the French-speaking world:

    • A culture proud of its heritage
    • Contemporary francophone music
    • Cinema: the 7th art form

    Year 2 Subject Content

    Aspects of French – speaking society: current issues:

    • Positive features of a diverse society
    • Life is for the marginalised
    • How criminals are treated

    Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world:

    • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
    • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
    • Politics and immigration

    Career Opportunities / Routes

    A level French supports progression into many higher education courses and the following areas of work: Airport airline industry; banking and finance; business (most of British business is export); counselling/social services; customer services; diplomatic service; education; human resources; journalism; government and law; media; translation; travel and tourism; and the military services. 

    Assessment

    Paper 1: Listening Reading & Writing 

    Written exam assessing aspects of French-speaking society, political life and artistic culture.                       

    • 50%

    Paper 2: Writing (20%)                             

    Written exam assessing a text and film, or two texts, from the list set in the specification and grammar.    

    • 20%

    Paper 3: Speaking (30%)                          

    Speaking exam assessing an individual research project and aspects of French-speaking society.

    • 30%
    Additional information

    It is one of our aims that students should develop an understanding and appreciation of the culture and civilisation of the countries and communities whose language they are learning. In addition, we want them to gain a sound basis in the skills and language required for extending their career options. A key stage 4 and 5 trip abroad is therefore offered annually. These trips have included educational and cultural visits to Barcelona, Granada and Paris. A trip abroad is hugely beneficial as it really brings language to life, and gives students a clear demonstration of the validity of language learning, and the benefits and enjoyment that can be gained from years of endeavour. Barcelona, Granada and Paris have much to offer as school travel destinations. Students can explore the many art museums and those learning the language will be able to practise their skills on the bustling streets.