Modern Foreign Languages

Welcome

‘One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way’ - Frank Smith


Curriculum Intent

In the MFL Department we aim to promote enjoyment through learning a new language, whilst encouraging independence and creativity. Student are taught to

a broad and balanced view about life in countries and the languages spoken.

Learning a foreign language develops communication skills and students are taught to appreciate other cultures and people from different countries.

Students learn another language give students transferable skills to use across the curriculum students are taught about global citizenship.

Through learning about the structure of a foreign language students also develop literacy skills within in their own language.

What are the aims of each area?

When listening and reading, students gain a familiarity with the spoken / written language which leads to a greater understanding. We use a metacognitive approach to encourage students to hone in on skills learnt previously, in order to deduce the meaning of vocabulary

In speaking and writing, we teach students how to become effective communicators in the target language in written and oral forms, which leads them to being able to use the target language in real-life situations.


Key Stage 3 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

In our KS3 curriculum, all students will study French in Years 7-9 and selected groups will also have one hour of a second language once every other half term. Our journey when learning another language enables students to learn how to use a different language to talk about real life situations, as well as understanding cultural information about the country and its people. Topics such as family and friends, leisure activities, clothes, food and school are studied and these topics are often re-visited and students can reflect on the progress they are making.

Students are encouraged to improve their use of literacy and make comparisons between their own and other languages. Looking at etymology and how languages have developed over time help them discover meanings of new vocabulary and grammatical concepts.

French Curriculum Overview

German Curriculum Overview

Spanish Curriculum Overview


How will our pupils be assessed?

Students will complete various pieces of writing each term which they will then work on correcting and improving themselves with support and direction from their teacher. Students are also assessed internally at the end of each term. They will be tested on all four skills (listening, speaking, reading & writing) and are based on the subject content they have just learnt.


Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

The Key Stage 4 curriculum builds on the skills and knowledge students have learnt at KS3 and they are prepared for understanding more challenging vocabulary which will benefit them when it comes to GCSE.

The KS4 curriculum is broken down into different topics. There are three main themes:

•           Identity and Culture

•           Local, national, international and global areas of interest

•           Current and future study and employment

Students re-visit topics such as family and relationships when studying the ‘Identity and Culture’ theme, but with more emphasis on developing their vocabulary and increasing the amount of detail in their work. Once they begin studying ‘International and Global Areas of Interest’ less familiar or occasionally unknown topics such as understanding social and environmental issues are learnt and students have the opportunity to express their own opinions and thoughts on issues relevant in today’s society.

In Year 11, current study and future employment is not only incredibly relevant to the students in their final year of school, but also gives them chance to reflect upon their own choices for their future education. We also make comparisons in education systems in other countries and make comparisons between them and our own.

 When writing at Key Stage 4, we focus on developing skills required to write more extended pieces of writing with added coherence and fluency. The more challenging, higher level writing questions require a level of specific complexity which is consistently worked on throughout the year

French Curriculum Overview

German Curriculum Overview

Spanish Curriculum Overview


How will our pupils be assessed?

Year 10 and 11 will be assessed internally, generally at the end of each term across all four skills. Formative assessments take place throughout lessons with opportunities for reflection and improvement before completing the summative assessments. This allows us to address gaps in knowledge, so that we can re-visit and re-inforce particular concepts through a range of metacognitive techniques.


How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

French

 

2019

2020

2021

4+ “standard” pass
77.3%
90.5%
93.5%
5+ “strong” pass
53.4%
66.7%
54.5%

German

 

2020

2021

4+ “standard” pass
100%
80.8%
5+ “strong” pass
69%
61.5%


What can it lead to?

A foreign language is useful in a many occupations and possible career paths including:

  • Teaching
  • Translation/Interpreting
  • Banking
  • European and International Business
  • Travel & Tourism

Summary

A wide range of methodology is used to interest and engage students, including extensive audio visual and electronic resources. Each week a pupil is chosen as "Linguist of the week" and receives a certificate and a letter of commendation. In addition to this, each term several students receive certificates and letters of commendation for attainment, effort, determination and improvement.

We have links with a school in France and another in Germany, so many of our KS3 students have pen pals already established.

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