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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.
    We employ two native speakers of French and Spanish to assist our work in the department.

    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 AND 8

    1. Tout sur moi. Personal information, physical appearance, favourite objects.
    2. Mon monde perso. Personality, school, subjects, friends, family.
    3. Autour de moi. School, home and animals.
    4. À table. Food.
    5. Mon quartier. Local area.
    6. Ça, c’est mon truc. Lifestyle.
    7. Destination vacances. Holidays.
    8. Bouger, c’est important! Sport and leisure.
    9. Aux quatre coins du monde. Daily life and issues in francophone countries.
    10. C’est quoi, la France? France and other countries.


    SPANISH YEAR 7 AND YEAR 8

    1. İVamos! Introducing yourself, numbers and the classroom.
    2. En el instituto. School subjects.
    3. Mi familia. Family and pets.
    4. En casa. Home and neighborhood.
    5. Mi tiempo libre. Free time.
    6. ¿Vamos a salir? Places in town and going out.
    7. Mis vacaciones. Holidays.
    8. La comida. Food.
    9. De moda. Clothes and school uniform.

     

    key stage 4

    FRENCH YEAR 9:

    1. Ça t’intéresse? Cinema, TV and free time.
    2. L’avenir. Future and careers.
    3. En bonne santé? Illness, healthy living and keeping fit.
    4. Les gens comme nous. French famous people.
    5. On y va? Travel and tourism.
    6. Les droits de jeunes. Young people at work, human rights and hunger in the world.


    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.


    SPANISH AND FRENCH YEAR 10 AND 11

    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.


    (NEW GCSE AQA) Y10/11:

    GCSE: Listening 25%, Reading 25%, Speaking 25% and Writing 25%
     

    key stage 5

    A LEVEL SPANISH (AQA):

    Theme 1:
    Aspects of Hispanic society.
    Los valores tradicionales y modernos, el ciberespacio, y la igualdad de los sexos.
    Theme 2:
    Artistic culture in the Hispanic world.
    La influencia de los ídolos, la identidad regional de España y el patrimonio cultural.
    Dosier de cine y literatura. Estudio de una película/un libro.


    A LEVEL FRENCH (AQA):

    Theme 1:
    Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends.
    La famille en voie de changement, la “cyber-société” et le rôle du bénévolat.
    Theme 2:
    Artistic culture in the French-speaking world.
    Une culture fière de son pratrimoine, la musique francophone contemporaine et le septième art.
    Dossier de cinéma et  litérature L’étude d’un film/un texte littéraire.

    GCSE: Listening 25%, Reading 25%, Speaking 25% and Writing 25%
     

    A LEVEL:

    Paper 1 – Listening, reading and writing 40%

    Paper 2 – Writing 30%

    Paper 3 – Speaking 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.