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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.

  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 4 – De la ville à la campagne

Summer 1

Module 5 – Ma zone

Module 5 - Quel talent!

Module 5 – Le grande large

Summer 2

Module 6 – 3…2…1… Partez!

Module 6 - Studio découverte

Module 6 – Au collège

  

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 4 – Intereses e influencias

Summer 1

Modulo 5 – Mi familia y amigos

Modulo 5 – Operación verano

Modulo 5 - Ciudades

Summer 2

Modulo 6 - Mi ciudad

Modulo 6 - Extensión

Modulo 6 – De costumbre

 

Key Stage 3 

Year 7

Classes are taught in sets and pupils have the opportunity to learn both French and Spanish at the same time during the first half term. This is to give them the experience of both languages. They then complete a languages baseline test to see which language they are most suited to learn 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.  

After the first half term pupils continue with one language only, either French or Spanish. They will continue with this language 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 they studied in Year 7 and this will form a compulsory subject of the curriculum. There are 8 groups in total and they 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 and understand 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.

 

Key Stage 4

Year 9

Pupils continue to study either French or Spanish and begin the GCSE 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.

Examination classes: GCSE

Year 7 and 8 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: Speaking 25%
  • Paper 3: Reading 25%
  • Paper 4: Writing 25%

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

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 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 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 and Arabic are also offered for the pupils who are able to speak 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

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

Useful websites for pupils:

Staff

Head of Faculty:  Mr Raheem Zafar

SLT & teacher of MFL:  Mr Chiha Chokri

2nd in department & teacher of MFL:  Miss Roxana Velasco-Tapia

Teacher of MFL: Mrs Souad Razik

Teacher of MFL: Mrs Fatemah Ackbar

Teacher of MFL: Miss Sophie Henry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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 for Key Stage 3

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

    1. Opportunity to take part in the Language Leaders scheme
    1. Regular trips abroad
    1. Language clubs
    1. Participation in the Routes Into Languages Spelling Bee for yr 7
    1. Contacts with Aston University
    1. Study support and revision clubs
    1. Weekly contact with native French speakers (FLa)
    1. French “simulation” trips as part of Enterprise and Enrichment days
    1. Links with schools abroad

Enrichment activities and extra-curricular activities in Modern Foreign Languages for Key Stage 3

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

    1. Opportunity to take part in the Language Leaders scheme
    1. Regular trips abroad
    1. Language clubs
    1. Participation in the Routes Into Languages Spelling Bee for yr 7
    1. Contacts with Aston University
    1. Study support and revision clubs
    1. Weekly contact with native French speakers (FLa)
    1. French “simulation” trips as part of Enterprise and Enrichment days
    1. Links with schools abroad

Enrichment activities and extra-curricular activities in Modern Foreign Languages for Key Stage 3

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

    1. Opportunity to take part in the Language Leaders scheme
    1. Regular trips abroad
    1. Language clubs
    1. Participation in the Routes Into Languages Spelling Bee for yr 7
    1. Contacts with Aston University
    1. Study support and revision clubs
    1. Weekly contact with native French speakers (FLa)
    1. French “simulation” trips as part of Enterprise and Enrichment days
    1. Links with schools abroad

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

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

Useful websites for pupils:

·         www.quizlet.com

·         www.doddlelearn.co.uk

·         www.activeteachonline.com   

·         www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects

·         www.bgfl.org/bgfl

·         www.reallyusefulfrench.com.uk 

·         www.languagesonline.org.uk

·         www.mflgames.co.uk

·         www.cilt.org.uk

·         www.wildfrench.co.uk

·         www.momes.net

·         www.s-cool.co.uk

·         www.alliancefrancaise.org.uk

·         www.zut.org.uk

  Staff

Head of Faculty:  Mr Raheem Zafar

SLT & teacher of MFL:  Mr Chiha Chokri

2nd in department & teacher of MFL:  Miss Roxana Velasco-Tapia

Teacher of MFL: Mrs Souad Razik

Teacher of MFL: Mrs Fatemah Ackbar

Teacher of MFL: Miss Sophie Henry

 

  Teacher of MFL: Mrs Brianna Dymond

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are committed to promoting our school values of ‘Collaboration, Aspiration, Respect, Equality and Responsibility’ to pupils at every opportunity.

 

 

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