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Modern Foreign Languages  mfl1

 

“The conquest of learning is achieved through the knowledge of languages.” ― Roger Bacon

 

The study of a MFL is an exciting and stimulating activity at any age but particularly for the young. It is also an activity shared by all people irrespective of linguistic background for there is no such thing as a national inability to learn languages. Countless inhabitants of the British Isles have learnt many world languages for the practical purpose of communicating with others. Indeed, many communities in England and Wales make regular use of a language other than English. Similarly, the achievements of young people of all abilities in schools up and down the country show that they can profitably learn an MFL and go on to use it on a visit abroad and later in adult life.

Below is an outline of the topics studied throughout Key Stage 3. French classes use the textbook Studio and Spanish classes uses the textbook Viva.

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Pupils have the opportunity to participate in a taster session of both French and Spanish during the Year 6 induction day, giving pupils an experience of both languages. At the beginning of the Autumn term, pupils complete a languages baseline test to see which language they are most suited to learning and are given a questionnaire detailing their language request. This enables us to place them in the correct teaching group for their ability and they are placed into a class of their language choice where possible.

Most pupils will continue to study either French or Spanish as a compulsory subject throughout Key stages 3 and 4.

Pupils are assessed in the key skill areas every half term. Pupils should be able to speak, write and understand simple sentences using connectives in the target language and have a good grasp of basic vocabulary which will require practice at home. The topics covered in Year 7 are: myself, family and friends, my school, free time activities and where I live. There is a strong focus on both Numeracy and Literacy in the target language, which often also improves pupils’ skills in English.

Year 8

Groups continue with the language that they studied in Year 7 and this will form a compulsory subject of the curriculum. Pupils are set according to ability. As in Year 7, they are regularly assessed in all four skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Dependent on the outcome of these assessments, pupils may move up or down a set. Pupils are expected to speak, write, understand and translate slightly longer texts using a wider range of vocabulary and grammatical structures.

The topics covered in Year 8 French are: media, a tourist in town, myself and my preferences and my home.

The topics covered in Year 8 Spanish are: past holidays, hobbies and free time, eating out and arranging to go out.

Term

Y7

Y8

Y9

Language

French

French

French

Autumn 1

Module 1 – Moi

Module 1 - T'es branchée

Module 1 – Qui je suis

Autumn 2

Module 2 – C’est perso

Module 2 - Paris, je t'adore!

Module 2 – Les temps des loisirs

Spring 1

Module 3 - Mon collège

Module 3 - Mon identité

Module 3 – Jours ordinaires, jours de fête

Spring 2

Module 4 – Mes passetemps

Module 4 - Chez moi, chez toi

Module 3 (continued) – Jours ordinaires, jours de fête

Summer 1

Module 5 – Ma zone

Module 5 - Quel talent!

Module 4 – De la ville à la campagne

Summer 2

Module 6 – 3…2…1… Partez!

Module 6 - Studio découverte

Module 4 (continued) – De la ville à la campagne

 

 

Term

Y7

Y8

Y9

Language

Spanish

Spanish

Spanish

Autumn 1

Modulo 1 – Introducciones

Modulo 1 – Mis vacaciones

Modulo 1 – ¡Desconéctate!

Autumn 2

Modulo 2 – Mi vida

Modulo 2 – Todo sobre mi vida

Modulo 2 – Mi vida en el insti 

Spring 1

Modulo 3 - Mi tiempo libre

Modulo 3 – ¡A comer!

Modulo 3 – Mi gente

Spring 2

Modulo 4 – Mi insti

Modulo 4 - ¿Qué hacemos?

Modulo 3 (continued) – Mi gente

Summer 1

Modulo 5 – Mi familia y mis amigos

Modulo 5 – Operación verano

Modulo 4 – Intereses e influencias

Summer 2

Modulo 6 - Mi ciudad

Modulo 6 - Extensión

Modulo 4 (continued) – Intereses e influencias

Key Stage 4

Year 9

Pupils continue to study either French or Spanish and begin the GCSE Foundation Pearson course. They receive six hours of language lessons per fortnight and continue to be assessed in the four skill areas.

French classes study the topics of myself and family relationships, free time, daily routines, my region, shopping and focus on dealing with practical situations e.g. booking a hotel room or ordering food in a restaurant in further detail.

Spanish classes study the topics of holidays in the past, education, media and technology, free time activities and my region as well as also focusing on practical situations e.g. booking accommodation and shopping in further detail.

Through studying these topics we ensure that there is comprehensive coverage of all five strands of the framework:

  • Words: teaching pupils to practise the meaning, spelling and sound of French/Spanish words together.
  • Sentences: teaching pupils how to write grammatically correct sentences and practice translation skills into the respective language.
  • Texts: reading and writing – teaching pupils how to understand and write more complex texts using connectives, pronouns and tenses and how to work out the meaning of unknown vocabulary using the context of the text.
  • Listening and speaking: linking listening and speaking to help pupils speak more accurately and authentically.
  • Cultural knowledge: widening pupils’ knowledge of France/Spain and other French/Spanish-speaking countries.

Covid Catch up Curriculum

Year 7: Pupils will have the opportunity to study both French and Spanish (beginners' level) in the Autumn term. This will prepare pupils to be set into classes later on, where they will continue studying one modern foreign language. 

Year 8 and 9: Pupils will have the opportunity to catch up on work missed during the school closure. They will be supported with extra revision materials and homework packs based on essential topics and skills; reading, listening and writing.

Year 10 and 11: Pupils will have the opportunity to catch up on work missed during the school closure. There will be a specific focus on the topics and skills outlined in the GCSE specification (reading, listening, writing and speaking). Pupils will be supported with extra revision materials, vocabulary/grammar acquisition work and appropriate skills-based homework tasks. Small group intervention activities to support speaking skills will be established where possible. 

Examination classes: GCSE

Year 10 and 11 pupils will continue to study the language that they have previously been studying following the new GCSE specification as a compulsory subject. It is strongly recommended, especially as Modern Foreign Languages form part of the Ebac qualification and having a language on your CV can widen employment opportunities in today’s competitive market.

Year 10

Pupils receive five hours of language lessons per fortnight and are assessed through 4 skills. They will be assessed by a final internal examination in the following skills:

  • Paper 1: Listening 25%
  • Paper 2: Reading 25%
  • Paper 3: Translation 25%
  • Paper 4: Writing 25%

The Listening examination will last between 35 and 45 minutes and will be based on a range of topics in the GCSE specification that have been covered in the Year 10 curriculum.

The Reading examination will last between 35 and 45 minutes and will include passages to translate into English.

The Translation examination will last between 20-30 minutes and will consist of a mixture of short sentences and longer passages to translate into the target language (either French or Spanish).

The Writing examination will last 70 minutes and will consist of the pupil writing two passages on a familiar topic set by the exam board and a translation from English into the target language of either French or Spanish. Thus, there will be a strong emphasis on the need for pupils to revise grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure regularly at home.

Year 11

Pupils receive five hours of language lessons per fortnight and are assessed through 4 skills. They will be assessed by a final external examination in the following skills:

  • Paper 1: Listening 25%
  • Paper 2: Speaking 25%
  • Paper 3: Reading 25%
  • Paper 4: Writing 25%

The Listening examination will last between 35- 45 minutes depending on the entry tier (foundation or higher) and will be based on a range of topics in the GCSE specification.

The Speaking examination will be recorded by the teacher and will last between 7- 12 minutes long. It will be made up of 3 components, a brief role- play, a discussion based on a photograph and a longer conversation. The recording will then be sent to the exam board for external assessment.

The Reading examination will last between 45- 60 minutes depending on the entry tier and will include passages to translate into English.

The Writing examination will last between 70- 90 minutes (tier dependent) and will consist of the pupil writing two passages on a familiar topic set by the exam board and a translation from English into the target language of either French or Spanish. Thus, there will be a strong emphasis on the need for pupils to revise grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure regularly at home.

Any students considered capable of doing well at GCSE Spanish or French and at the exam in their mother tongue are encouraged to study one or more languages.

Urdu, Bengali, Italian, German, Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese), Portuguese and Arabic are also offered for the pupils who are able to speak and write and read these languages formally.

Any students considered capable of doing well at GCSE Spanish or French and at the exam in their mother tongue are encouraged to study one or more languages.

More information can be found in these links:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/French/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/Specification-Pearson-Edexcel-Level-1-Level-2-GCSE-9-1-French.pdf GCSE French

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Spanish/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/Specification-Pearson-Edexcel-Level-1-Level-2-GCSE-9-1-Spanish.pdf GCSE Spanish

Community Languages (GCSE)

Holte school is aware of the significance of community languages and seeks to encourage pupils to pursue these languages to a high level of competency. We aim to identify pupils with community language skills as early as possible, to enable us to support these pupils to achieve their full potential.

We are able to offer Urdu, Bengali, Italian, German, Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese), Portuguese and Arabic for pupils who are able to speak, read, understand and write these languages formally

Key Stage 5

The examination board used for A Level French is Edexcel.

A-Level French provides an opportunity to enhance student’s linguistic skills and promote and develop their capacity for critical thinking on the basis of their knowledge and understanding of the language, culture and society of the country or countries where the language is spoken. Students will develop their ability to interact effectively with users of the language in speech and in writing, including through online media. Students will explore a range of topics, including: Social and Political Issues/Trends and Artistic culture.

A-Level French is designed to encourage students to develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and to develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts and genres. Pupils will have the opportunity to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language for a range of purposes. They will develop awareness and understanding of contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where the language is spoken. This specification is designed to equip students with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them to proceed to further study and/or employment.

A-Level students will be assessed as follows:

  • Paper 1- Listening, Reading and Translation from French to English (2 hours, 40% of qualification).
  • Paper 2- Written response to works and Translation from English to French (2 hours 40 minutes, 30% of qualification).

Paper 3- Speaking, Discussion of a theme from the specification and an independent research presentation followed by further discussion (25 minutes, 30% of qualification).

Homework

Key Stage 3

Homework is set according to pupils’ ability and is an extension or reinforcement of the learning that took place in the lesson. The nature of the homework will depend on the skills that the class teacher is targeting. As a result KS3 pupils might be asked to memorise specific vocabulary words or to write a paragraph with the help of their vocabulary sheet at home. Pupils can also access the website www.doddlelearn.co.uk to supplement their learning and sometimes teachers will assign the pupils tasks to complete. Homework is set as a minimum once a week pupils are expected to revise vocabulary from their vocabulary sheets that they are given for each topic and also go through their lesson notes on a weekly basis.

Key Stage 4

Homework at KS4 is set according to pupils’ ability and helps the pupils prepare for their GCSE examination. Depending on the skills targeted by their class teacher, the pupils might be asked to memorise oral work they have prepared or to produce a piece of writing with a specific topical or grammatical focus. Equally, they may be required to learn set vocabulary or phrases, or perform a research task. Pupils are given access to the website www.doddlelearn.co.uk which is a useful tool to revise with and they will also have access to ActiveLearn www.activeteachonline.com, an online resource which follows the respective GCSE textbook (French: Studio, Spanish: Viva). Here they will be able to access a digital form of the textbook and online activities in the style of GCSE examination questions. Pupils are given vocabulary sheets for each topic and are expected to revise key vocabulary in preparation for the subsequent lesson.

Key Stage 5

Homework is set according to pupils’ ability. Most of the time pupils will be asked to write essays linked to the topic that is being studied in the lesson. In doing so, pupils have the opportunity to work independently and build their essay writing skills. They may also be required to do grammatical exercises or learn vocabulary or perform research tasks.

Enrichment activities and extra-curricular activities in Modern Foreign Languages

The Department is proud of its long tradition of providing excellent foreign language experiences and presently offers:

  • Regular trips abroad
  • Language clubs
  • Participation in the Routes Into Languages Spelling Bee for Year 7
  • Contacts with University of Birmingham
  • Study support and revision clubs
  • KS4 enrichment days (PiXL-GCSE examination skills) and informative career/employment specific activites

In addition to that, throughout the academic year, revision classes are scheduled for all examination year groups.

Useful websites for pupils:

Suggested books for pupils

Key Stage 3 French:

  • Jouez avec la grammaire française (Berenice Capatti)
  • L'éléphant Babar (Jean de Brunhoff)
  • Le petit dragon (Paule Germain)
  • Cendrillon (Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm)
  • Medor et les petits voyous (Brigitte Gilli)

Key Stage 3 Spanish:

  • La casita de chocolate (Las fábulas fabulosas)
  • Pinocho (Las fábulas fabulosas)
  • Pulgarcita (Las fábulas fabulosas)
  • Juan y los frijoles majicos (Carol Ottolenghi)
  • El hombre de pan de jengibre (Catherine McCafferty)

Key Stage 4 French:

  • Bel Ami (Guy de Maupassant)
  • Nuit de Noel (Martine Ducrouet)
  • Contes et Légendes de Provence (Yvan Dubois)
  • Paris-Marseille voyage en TGV (Brigitte Gilli)
  • Un volontaire dans l'espace (Michel Laurent)

Key Stage 4 Spanish:

  • El monstruo de las Galápagos (Mónica L. Bazaga Alonso)
  • La niña de oro (Manuela Carmos)
  • Drácula y sus amigos (Juan Carlos Bermejo)
  • Juega con la gramática Española (M. Teresa Del Monte Rubio)
  • Amistad (Marta Arciniega)

Key Stage 5 MFL:

  • Phosphore (French magazine for lycée students-www.phosphore.com/)
  • Paroles (Jacques Prévert)
  • L’Etranger (Albert Camus)
  • La Casa de Bernarda Alba (García Lorca)
  • Modelos de Mujer (Almudena Grandes)
  • Como Agua Para Chocolate (Laura Esquivel)

Careers

Qualifications in a Modern Foreign Language can lead to employment in the following areas:

  • Academic researcher
  • Interpreter
  • Political risk analyst
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Translator
  • Broadcast journalist
  • Detective
  • Diplomatic service officer
  • Education consultant
  • English as a foreign language teacher
  • International aid/development worker
  • Logistics and distribution manager
  • Marketing executive
  • Patent examiner
  • Private tutor
  • Publishing rights manager
  • Sales executive
  • Tour manager
  • For further information see:

www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/modern-languages

Staff

Acting Head of Faculty: Miss Roxana Velasco-Tapia

SLT & teacher of MFL: Mr Chokri Chiha

Acting 2nd in department & teacher of MFL: Miss Sophie Henry

Teacher of MFL: Mrs Souad Razik

Teacher of MFL: Mrs Fatemah Sayed-Ackbar

Teacher of MFL: Mrs Rim Chiha

Teacher of MFL: Mr Javay Welter

Teacher of MFL: Mrs Safae Benani

We are also committed to promoting our school values of ‘Collaboration, Aspiration, Respect, Equality and Responsibility’ to pupils at every opportunity.  We take every opportunity to ensure that our school’s Safeguarding Policy is adhered to in full at all times.

   
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