Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Head of the Department: Mrs. K. Campling 

General Aims and Objectives of the Department

As set down in the National Curriculum, the aims of the Foreign Language teacher are clearly defined.  Our work must dovetail into the students general education to give them a wide understanding of the world around them.  Such a broad target can only be obtained through clear, specific aims and these are set out below.

 

  • To help students develop to use the FL effectively for purposes of practical communication.
  • To give a suitable grounding in the skill of learning the foreign language to enable further study and/or it’s continued use beyond the years of compulsory education.
  • To develop an awareness of language and language learning.
  • To give some insight into the culture and civilisation of other countries.
  • To encourage positive attitudes to foreigners, their language, country and culture.
  • To provide enjoyment, intellectual stimulation and a feeling of achievement.
  • To promote general learning skills.
  • To make links between what is learned in the FL lesson and other areas of the curriculum.

Year 7 Spanish

 

Module 1

 

  • introductions
  • counting up to 31
  • giving your age and birthday
  • learning the Spanish alphabet
  • talking about the classroom
  • Grammar- pronunciation, using tener, definite and indefinite articles

Module 2

  • talking about school subjects
  • saying what you do in lessons
  • talking about your teachers
  • giving opinions and reasons
  • talking about snacks
  • Grammar-conjugating verbs in the present tense, adjectival agreements

Module 3

  • talking about brothers and sisters
  • counting up to 100
  • talking about pets
  • appearance and character
  • describing self and others
  • grammar- possessive adjectives, using the verb ser, using adjectives after nouns

Module 4

  • talking about where you live
  • describing your home
  • describing your bedroom
  • activities that you do in your room
  • saying where you would like to live and why
  • grammar- using estar for locations, using prepositions, further work on verbs

 

Year 8 Spanish

 

Module 1

  • talking about activities
  • descrbing friends
  • describing celebrities
  • reflexive verbs
  • nationalities
  • grammar- expressing opinions, connectives, comparatives, superlatives, sequencing words

Module 2

  • saying where you went on holiday
  • saying how you travelled
  • saying what you did
  • giving extra inform about holidays
  • grammar- preterite tense

Module 3

  • talking about meal times
  • shopping for food
  • eating at a restaurant
  • talking about a past meal
  • grammar- future tense, time expressions

Module 4

  • Barcelona-what there is to see and do
  • different types of shops
  • asking for and giving directions
  • describing a holiday in Barcelona
  • reading a story set in Barcelona
  • grammar- using 3 tenses together, creative writing


Year 7 French

 

Module 1

  • meeting people
  • school objects and the alphabet
  • counting up to 20
  • giving your age and birthday
  • classroom objects
  • colours
  • Grammar- using pronouns, recognising forms of avoir, definite article, adjectival agreement

Module 2

  • talking about brothers and sisters
  • discussing family
  • talking about your pets
  • describing yourself and others
  • grammar- possessive adjectives, plurals

Module 3

  • talking about what you do in the morning
  • school subjects
  • opinions and reasons
  • looking at timetables
  • talking about what you do after school
  • telling the time
  • grammar- reflexive verbs, intensifiers and connectives, using the verb faire and other er verbs

Module 4

  • talking about where you live
  • describing your home
  • describing your bedroom
  • activities that you do in your room
  • saying where you would like to live and why
  • grammar- prepositions, forming habiter and other er verbs

 

Year 8 French


Module 1

  • talking about families
  • talking about jobs
  • where people live and nationalities
  • weather
  • grammar- er verbs, masc and feminine nouns, using quand/si/depuis, irregular present tense verbs

Module 2

  • talking about last weekend
  • tv programmes
  • past events
  • grammar- past tense with être and avoir

Module 3

  • making and responding to invitations
  • making excuses
  • talking about clothes
  • shops and shopping
  • grammar- using modal verbs, comparatives, future tense

Module 4

  • talking about food
  • French meals
  • preparing for a party
  • shopping for food
  • eating at a restaurant
  • grammar- partitive article, quantities, il faut + infinitives, 3 tenses

 

 

KS4 French 

 

Qualification achievable

1 GCSE

GCSE equivalence

 

Core or Option

Option Subject

Head of Department

Mrs K Campling

                                                                                                                                                                                                                

What will I study & how is the course organised?

The aim of the course is to develop language skills for purposes of practical communication appropriate to general needs and interests, particularly those of young people.  Listening and speaking skills prepare young people for situations likely to be encountered in a foreign country, or when communicating with a foreign person in this country.

 

The GCSE specification in French will enable learners to...

         ·            Develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts

         ·            Develop knowledge of the language and language learning skills

         ·            Develop the ability to communicate effectively in the language

         ·            Develop awareness and understanding of countries and communities where the language is spoken.

 

How is the course assessed?

         ·            100% exam based with assessments in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

 

Where might it lead?

Gaining a good qualification in French can lead to careers in translation, business, the travel industry (including ski resorts) or teaching.   GCSE MFL is a requirement for some universities.  Many university courses can be combined with a foreign language element which provides opportunities to have a year abroad in a country where the language is spoken.

 

 

KS4 Spanish

 

Qualification achievable

1 GCSE

GCSE equivalence

 

Core or Option

Option Subject

Head of Department

Mrs K Campling

   

What will I study & how is the course organised?

The aim of the course is to develop language skills for purposes of practical communication appropriate to general needs and interests, particularly those of young people.  Listening and speaking skills prepare young people for situations likely to be encountered in a foreign country, or when communicating with a foreign person in this country.

 

The GCSE specification in Spanish will enable learners to...

         ·            Develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts

         ·            Develop knowledge of the language and language learning skills

         ·            Develop the ability to communicate effectively in the language

         ·            Develop awareness and understanding of countries and communities where the language is spoken.

                             

How is the course assessed?

         ·            100% exam based with assessments in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

 

Where might it lead?

Gaining a good qualification in Spanish can lead to careers in translation, business, the travel industry or teaching. GCSE MFL is a requirement for some universities. Many university courses can be combined with a foreign language element which provides opportunities to have a year abroad in a country where the language is spoken.