MFL Teacher: Miss M Haines

MFL Teacher: Miss S Sacco

MFL Teacher: Miss J Heitmuller

French

It is the firm belief held by all in the Modern Foreign Languages Department, that the learning of at least one foreign language is a fundamental part of each pupil’s education. Through the medium of a foreign language we strive to prepare students to enter adult life as confident and capable individuals, who are able to make a positive contribution to society.

Key Stage 3
Pupils are encouraged to participate in fun and engaging activities. Pupils have one hour of French per week and it follows the Expo course which enables pupils to develop language competences in four skill areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Pupils study the following topics:

Year 7
Autumn Term: Beginners French and family, friends & pets
Spring Term: House & home and town
Summer Term: Daily routine & school and French film project

Year 8
Autumn Term: Media and food & drink
Spring Term: Arranging to go out and health
Summer Term: Holidays and around the world project

Pupils are assessed in all four skill areas each half-term. In year 8, pupils have an additional hour per week of language in which they develop their literacy skills, reading and analysing books in the target language.

Key Stage 4
The AQA GCSE course builds on learning in Key Stage 3 with three main themes:
  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment
The topics are motivational and relevant to the pupils’ lives. Over the course of the three years, pupils will learn to talk about:
  • What constitutes a healthy lifestyle
  • How to discuss free time activities
  • Give information about holiday preferences
  • Discuss environment issues and present information about careers and future career plans
These topics will teach pupils how to communicate information which could help them in a real context in France. Knowing French helps pupils to develop their knowledge of different cultures and it a good skill to have on a CV.This is a linear course meaning all exams are at the end of the course and marked by an AQA external examiner. This is a GCSE 9-1 qualification.

Paper
Weighting
Method of assessment
Details of Assessment

1. Listening
25% Exam in June of Year 11
45 minutes - Higher or, 35 minutes - Foundation

2. Speaking
25% Exam in April-May of Year 11
*10-12 minutes - Higher or, 7-9 minutes - Foundation

3. Reading
25% Exam in June of Year 11
60 minutes - Higher or, 45 minutes - Foundation

4. Writing
25% Exam in June of Year 11
75 minutes - Higher or, 60 minutes - Foundation

* The speaking exam is conducted and recorded by the class teacher in a 5-week period specified by the exam board. Speaking exam consists of 3 parts: role play, photo card discussion and general conversation.

German

It is the firm belief held by all in the Modern Foreign Languages Department, that the learning of at least one foreign language is a fundamental part of each pupil’s education. Through the medium of a foreign language we strive to prepare students to enter adult life as confident and capable individuals, who are able to make a positive contribution to society.

Key Stage 3
Pupils are encouraged to participate in fun and engaging activities. Pupils have one hour of German per week and it follows the Echo course which enables pupils to develop language competences in four skill areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Pupils study the following topics:

Year 7
Autumn Term: Beginners German and school
Spring Term: Family, friends and pets
Summer Term: Free time activities and house & home

Year 8
Autumn Term: Town and food & drink
Spring Term: Media and holidays
Summer Term: Future plans and film project

Pupils are assessed in all four skill areas each half-term. In year 8, pupils have an additional hour per week of language in which they develop their literacy skills, reading and analysing books in the target language.

Key Stage 4
The AQA GCSE course builds on learning in Key Stage 3 with three main themes:
  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment
The topics are motivational and relevant to the pupils’ lives. Over the course of the three years, pupils will learn to talk about:
  • What constitutes a healthy lifestyle
  • How to discuss free time activities
  • Give information about holiday preferences
  • Discuss environment issues and present information about careers and future career plans
These topics will teach pupils how to communicate information which could help them in a real context in Germany. Knowing German helps pupils to develop their knowledge of different cultures and it a good skill to have on a CV.This is a linear course meaning all exams are at the end of the course and marked by an AQA external examiner. This is a GCSE 9-1 qualification.

Paper
Weighting
Method of assessment
Details of Assessment

1. Listening
25% Exam in June of Year 11
45 minutes - Higher or, 35 minutes - Foundation

2. Speaking
25% Exam in April-May of Year 11
*10-12 minutes - Higher or, 7-9 minutes - Foundation

3. Reading
25% Exam in June of Year 11
60 minutes - Higher or, 45 minutes - Foundation

4. Writing
25% Exam in June of Year 11
75 minutes - Higher or, 60 minutes - Foundation

* The speaking exam is conducted and recorded by the class teacher in a 5-week period specified by the exam board. Speaking exam consists of 3 parts: role play, photo card discussion and general conversation.  

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