Modern Foreign Languages


Curriculum Information for Modern Foreign Languages

Staff (Ms, Miss, Mrs, Mr)

Role (Head of Department, classroom teachers, other ML role)

Miss E. Morel

Head of Department

Miss H. Fish

Languages teacher

 

Vision
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart.” - Nelson Mandela.


Intent
Our aim is for students to become emotionally intelligent, confident and resilient global citizens with language skills which will enable them to secure a place in today’s competitive, international job market.
The MFL curriculum will do this by developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills over a range of topics in French in order to achieve the highest academic outcomes. We will also inspire students’ love of the language, and broaden their horizons by placing an emphasis on cultural knowledge, leading to students who look outside of their own community and are accepting of other cultures. The impact is that our students will leave school with creativity, excellent communication and literacy skills, and an understanding of the world beyond our school.


KS3
Students study a range of topics at KS3. The priorities for students are: 

  • To develop a good understanding and application of French phonemes and sounds so they can speak French confidently. 
  • To express and justify points of views in varied ways.
  • To recall, adapt and re-use language structures across a variety of themes. 
  • To communicate only in full sentences. 
  • To draw inferences between French and English language and in doing so, develop literacy skills. 
     
Year 7 Year 8
  • Exchanging greetings and personal information
  • Describing others around us
  • Discussing what we do in our free time
  • Expressing and justifying our opinions
  • Discuss our use of technology
  • Finding out about food and French gastronomy. 
  • Describing our school
  • Expressing our views on subjects
  • Expressing preferences
  • Describing where we live
  • Describing our local area
  • Investigate famous French areas of interest.

 

KS4
•    We follow Eduqas Exam Board.
•    Link to French specification here: http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/french/gcse/


General information

Component 1: Speaking Oral test: 7-9 minutes (Foundation tier) 10-12 minutes (Higher tier) 25% of qualification
Three tasks: One role play One photo card discussion One conversation Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.
Component 2: Listening Written examination: 35 minutes (Foundation tier) 45 minutes (Higher tier) 25% of qualification
Listening comprehension tasks with non-verbal and written responses Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.
Component 3: Reading Written examination: 1 hour (Foundation tier) 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher tier) 25% of qualification
Reading tasks with non-verbal and written responses, including one translation task from French into English Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.
Component 4: Writing Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes (Foundation tier) 1 hour 30 minutes (Higher tier) 25% of qualification
Writing tasks including one translation task from English into French Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

 

Topics and themes

Theme 1 Identity and culture  Theme 2 Local, national, international and global areas of interest Theme 3 Current and future study and employment
Youth Culture
  • Self and relationships
  • Technology and social
  • media 
Home and Locality 
  • Local areas of interest
  • Transport
Current Study 
  • School/college life
  • School/college studies

Lifestyle

  • Health and fitness
  • Entertainment and leisure

France and French speaking countries

  • Local and regional features and characteristics
  •  Holidays and tourism
     

World of Work

  • Work experience and part-time jobs 
  • Skills and personal qualities
     
Customs and Traditions
  • Food and drink
  • Festivals and celebrations 
Global Sustainability 
  • Environment
  • Social issues
Jobs and Future Plans 
  • Applying for work/study
  • Career plans

 

Revision guides

  • CGP French, Grades 1-9 Exam Practice Workbook
  • CGP French Grammar Workbook
  • AQA reading and listening workbooks: old specification. Can be borrowed.

Useful website/ weblinks

https://www.thisislanguage.com/

http://www.linguascope.com/

https://www.vocabexpress.com/co/

https://quizlet.com/

http://www.wordreference.com/

http://memrise.com

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/french/gcse/

Download the Free software edition of TaskMagic here so you can access the revision games from home:

http://www.mdlsoft.co.uk/downloads_homeuse.php

https://kahoot.it/#/