MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)

We believe passionately that people who speak more than one language have an asset for life. The ability to speak languages is a lifelong skill which enhances working life and cultural awareness and continues to play an important role in understanding our world. Learning a language offers tangible benefits in the world of work, travel or living abroad and the aptitudes pupils develop when learning a foreign language are highly valued by employers. We aim to equip our pupils with the skills they need to communicate with other people in a range of situations, as well as the cultural knowledge to understand and appreciate the way of life in other countries.

Everything we do has, at its core, the aim to support pupils to achieve their personal best and to ensure success in language learning. Our lessons are underpinned by risk taking, challenge and rigour, in addition to being inclusive, enjoyable and compelling. We also place a great emphasis on rewarding our learners for their resilience, ability to work as part of a team, solving problems creatively and their effort and commitment to language learning. As a team, we also believe, that it’s very important to prepare students to enter a wider and richer world, so it’s with great pleasure that we organise trips to France or Spain. Trips abroad represent a fantastic experience for our students and help broaden their horizons. 

All students are taught one language (French or Spanish) up to year 9. Students currently have two lessons per week in French or Spanish in years 7 and 9 and three lessons per week in year 8. The textbooks we use are Mira in Spanish and allez 1 and 2 and Studio in French, both with interactive resources. Home learning is set weekly and involves a learning task and a reading, listening or writing task.

Table of topics

Year 7 Year 8  Year 9

My school

All about me

Friends and family

My home and routine

Free time activities

My town,

Holidays

Food and meals;

Fashion

Food and meals

Healthy diet and healthy living

World of work

My life as a teenager

Students who take with the E-Bac take one language at GCSE and have three lessons per week. 

Students study all of the following themes on which assessments are based.

Table of topics

Identity and culture

Local, national, international and global areas of interest Current and future study and employment
  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free time activities
  • Customs and festival

 

  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel and tourism
  • My studies
  • Life at school/college
  • Education post-16
  • Career choices and ambitions
FRENCH - AQA GCSE (8658) SPANISH - AQA GCSE (8698)

4 exams: Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking

Listening

Length of paper: Higher-45 minutes, Foundation- 35 minutes

25% of final grade

Reading

Length of paper: Higher-60 minutes, Foundation- 45 minutes

25% of final grade

Writing

Length of paper: Higher-75 minutes, Foundation- 60 minutes

25% of final grade

Speaking

Length of test: Higher-12 minutes, Foundation- 7-9 minutes (plus 12 minutes preparation time for each tier)

25% of final grade

4 exams: Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking

Listening

Length of paper: Higher-45 minutes, Foundation- 35 minutes

25% of final grade

Reading

Length of paper: Higher-60 minutes, Foundation- 45 minutes

25% of final grade

Writing

Length of paper: Higher-75 minutes, Foundation- 60 minutes

25% of final grade

Speaking

Length of test: Higher-12 minutes, Foundation- 7-9 minutes (plus 12 minutes preparation time for each tier)

25% of final grade

Find out more about French GCSE

Find out more about Spanish GCSE

Staff

Miss Schofield | Subject Leader (Full time)
Mrs Hepke | Progress Leader | Teacher of MFL (Full time)
Miss Ramos Mañas | Teacher of MFL (Part time)

Additional information

MFL is taught in in three separate rooms, each with a computer and interactive white board. We make use of a range of technology to enhance students’ learning, including digital voice recorders to develop speaking and listening skills. We also subscribe to Kerboodle which is an online teaching learning and assessment service that works alongside our course text book. It allows us to seamlessly integrate quality digital resources into our classroom. We also subscribe to Exampro which able us to produce tailor-made papers and helps with exams.

GCSE Spanish video