Welcome to the Modern Foreign Language Department

 

Staff

Ms S. Diez Subject Leader: MFL
Mrs C. Leslie Y12 Year Leader/Teacher in Charge of French
Ms N. Urigüen Escribano Teacher in Charge of Spanish
Ms B. Mumary Lorenzo KS3 Coordinator and Teacher of Spanish
Mr J. Kejem Teacher of French
Mrs L. Law Y10 Year Leader/Teacher of French
Mélina Delavaud French Language Assistant
María Díez Rodriguéz Spanish Language Assistant

Introduction

Learning a language is an opportunity to acquire a life skill. The MFL department aims to teach students of the importance of languages in our increasingly cosmopolitan and global society. Students are encouraged to develop their knowledge of the language so that they have the confidence and skills to communicate. We focus on developing listening, reading, writing, speaking and translation skills as well as expanding students’ cultural knowledge of the target language countries. Learning a language provides students with transferable skills that can support them in other subjects as well as further study and the world of work.

Key Stage 3

At KS3 students either study French or Spanish and are taught in mixed ability groups.  Students develop all four language learning skills: listening, reading; writing; and speaking. All lessons focus on developing comprehension and communication skills as well as a secure understanding of grammar.

Students follow the Viva Segunda Edición course in Spanish and the Dynamo course in French. All students have access to Activelearn as well as the digital textbooks to support their learning beyond the classroom.

Students study a range of topics including:

Spanish

Y7 – talking about yourself, family and pets, numbers, alphabet, opinions, birthdays, weather, sport and hobbies, school, where you live, places in a town, telling the time, ordering in a café.

Y8 – Holidays, opinions, TV programmes, music and mobile phones, food and drink, ordering in a restaurant, shopping, going out, clothes, daily routine, describing a holiday home, directions, summer camps, travelling.

Y9 – opinions, films, birthdays, describing days out, describing your job, talking about future plans, diet and lifestyle, daily routine, fitness, talking about ailments, children’s rights, fair trade, recycling, talking about how a town has changed, making plans, buying souvenirs.

 

French

Y7 – talking about yourself and your family, telling the time, numbers, weather and seasons, sport, animals, Bastille Day, places in a town, going out, ordering food and drink.

Y8 – Holidays, talking about festivals and special celebrations, buying food, TV programmes, digital technology, cinema, leisure activities, the French-speaking world, weather, daily routine, sports, directions, injuries and illnesses.

Y9 – opinions, extra-curricular activities, friendship, birthday celebrations, clothes, earning money, future plans, music, food and eating habits, the environment, the Francophone world, organising a trip.

In Year 9, students are able to develop their speaking skills with timetabled sessions with the language assistant each week.

We also offer the Cambridge Latin Course to Years 8 as an extra-curricular course.

Key Stage 4

Students are actively encouraged to continue with either French or Spanish to GCSE. Students follow the Viva GCSE course book in Spanish and the Studio GCSE course book in French. Students have access to Activelearn as well as the digital textbooks to extend their language learning beyond the classroom.

The AQA GCSE course aims to prepare students to:

  • communicate effectively in writing and in speech for a variety of purposes across a range of contexts
  • make accurate use of a variety of vocabulary and grammatical structures to describe and narrate with reference to past, present and future events
  • manipulate the language with increasing accuracy and fluency
  • translate sentences and short texts to convey key messages accurately
  • deduce meaning from a variety of short and longer spoken and written texts
  • make creative and more complex use of the language to express and justify their own thoughts and points of view.

Students are assessed in all four skills at the end of the two-year course.

Unit 1: Listening                               25%

Unit 2: Speaking                               25%

Unit 3: Reading                                 25%

Unit 4: Writing                                   25%

Students study a range of topics including:

Spanish

Y10 – Holidays and weather, booking accommodation and dealing with problems, giving opinions about school subjects and teachers, describing your school, the school uniform and the school day, school rules and problems, plans for a school exchange, activities and achievements, social networks, making arrangements, reading preferences, friends and family, free time activities, TV programmes and films, talking about what you usually do, sports, technology in everyday life, talking about what’s trending, work experience, different types of entertainment, talking about who inspires you.

Y11 – Talking about places in a town, describing the features of a region, planning what to do, shopping for clothes and presents, problems in a town, describing a visit in the past, mealtimes, illnesses and injuries, typical foods, customs and festivals, ordering in a restaurant, music festivals, jobs, work experience, the importance of learning languages, gap years, future plans, the environment, healthy eating, global issues, local actions, healthy lifestyles, international sporting events, natural disasters.

 

French

Y10 – Friendships and family relationships, outings, role models, sports and hobbies, new technologies, books and reading, television programmes, cinema, daily life and routine, food and special occasions, family celebrations, festivals and traditions, describing a region / local area, weather, an ideal holiday, booking and reviewing hotels, ordering in a restaurant, travel journeys, holiday disasters.

Y11 – Your school, comparing schools in the UK and French-speaking countries, school rules, healthy living, discussing vices, jobs and work preferences, career choices, plans, hopes and wishes for the future, applying for jobs, problems facing the world, protecting the environment, ethical shopping, volunteering, national events.

Students in Years 10 and 11 have weekly speaking sessions with the language assistants to develop their speaking skills.

Key Stage 5

A-Level Spanish and French aims to encourage students to become competent linguists with a secure knowledge and understanding of the language and an ability to communicate fluently, accurately and confidently in the language. We aim to prepare students for the next stages in their lives, including further education, work and travel opportunities.

Students follow the AQA Spanish Years 1 and 2 and AQA French A-Level Year 1 course and have access to Kerboodle to support their learning at home. Students also have support from the Language Assistant both in lessons as well as during timetabled lunchtime sessions.

The AQA A-Level course will develop students’ language knowledge, understanding and skills through:

  • using language spontaneously to initiate communication; present viewpoints; develop arguments; persuade; and analyse and evaluate in speech and writing
  • applying knowledge of pronunciation, morphology and syntax, vocabulary and idiom to communicate accurately and coherently
  • listening and responding to spoken passages including some extended passages from a range of different contexts and sources
  • reading and responding to a variety of texts including some extended texts written for different purposes and audiences drawn from a range of authentic sources
  • summarising information from spoken and written sources, reporting key points and subject matter in speech and writing
  • translating an unseen passage from Spanish into English and English into Spanish
  • developing research skills in Spanish, demonstrating the ability to initiate and conduct individual research on a subject of personal interest, relating to the country or countries where Spanish is spoken
  • analysing and summarising research findings, elaborating on key points of interest, as appropriate, through oral presentation and discussion.

Students are assessed at the end of the course in the following areas:

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (50%)

Paper 2: Writing (20%)

Paper 3: Speaking (30%)

Students study a range of topics including:

Spanish

Y12 – Changes in the family, attitudes towards marriage and divorce, influence of the Catholic Church, influence of the Internet, positive and negative effects of smart phones, benefits and dangers of social networks, women in the world of work, machismo and feminism, LGBT rights, gay marriage in Spain and the Hispanic World, the influence of fashion models, positive and negative influences of singers, musicians, TV and cinema stars, Spanish customs and traditions, Spanish gastronomy, languages spoken in Spain, civilisations that contributed to the cultural heritage in Spain, Pre-Columbian heritage of Latin America, art and architecture, music and dance, introduction to La Casa de Bernarda Alba, introduction to El Laberinto del Fauno (Social and historical context – The Spanish Civil War).

 

Y13 – La casa de Bernarda Alba, El Laberinto del Fauno, positive and negative aspects of immigration, immigration in the Spanish-speaking World, racist and xenophobic attitudes, measures to combat racism and their effectiveness, legislation against racism, the ways that cultures integrate in Hispanic society, integration in education, the coexistence of various religions in the Hispanic World, the importance of politics in young people’s lives, youth unemployment, ‘an ideal society’, Franco’s dictatorship, the evolution of the monarchy in Spain, Latin American dictators, the effectiveness of protests and strikes, the power of trade unions, 15-M movements in Spain, Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina.

 

French

Y12 – Trends in marriage and other forms of partnership, the merits and problems of different family structures, relationships between the generations and problems that can arise, how technology has transformed everyday life, the dangers of digital technology, the different users of digital technology and possible future developments, the voluntary sector in France, heritage preservation on a regional and national scale, how heritage impacts upon and is guided by culture in society, popularity of contemporary francophone music and its diversity of genre and style, the threats to contemporary francophone music and how it might be safeguarded , French cinema, the major developments in the evolution of French cinema from its beginnings until the present day, the continuing popularity of French cinema and film festivals.

Students in Years 12 and 13 have weekly speaking sessions with the language assistants to develop their speaking skills.