Welcome to the Modern Foreign Language Department
Ms S. Diez – Head of MFL
Mrs C. Leslie – Teacher in Charge of French
Ms N. Urigüen Escribano – Teacher in Charge of Spanish
Ms B. Mumary Lorenzo – KS3 Coordinator and Teacher of Spanish
Ms P. Bouche – Teacher of French
Mrs L. Law – Head of Y11 and teacher of French and Business Studies
Mr N. Benoist – French Language Assistant
Mr A. Zurita Rodriguez – Spanish Language Assistant
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 My life, Free time, Holidays, School, My family and Friends, My City, Food and drink, Healthy lifestyles, Environment, Festivals and Celebrations, Sport, Future plans
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 and 9 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 in Years 10 and 11 have weekly speaking sessions with the language assistants to develop their speaking skills.
Key Stage 5
A-Level Spanish 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 A-Level Years 1 and 2 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%)