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Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages Department

 

Mr D. Hack

Mrs S. Davies

 

Departmental Curriculum

Year 7

In Year 7, students will begin to learn Spanish and French. The focus of the year is to introduce the language via the topics: Introductions and Basics, My family, In the School, At Home, A Spanish/French city and Hobbies.

Students will learn grammatical structures in the perfect past, present and simple future tenses, how to form justified opinions in each of the aforementioned topics as well as the culture of Spain/France and Latin America/Francophone countries such as European Day of Languages, Día de los Muertos, Día de los Reyes, Semana Santa, La Fêtes des Rois and Paris Fashion Week.

Pupils will be assessed in the four main skills of languages: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

 

Year 8

In Year 8, students will continue to learn Spanish and French. The focus of the year is to extend the language covered in Year 7 through new topics: In the City, Fashion, Holidays, Food & Drinks, Bullfighting/French Festivals and Spanish Civil War/French Revolution.

Students will consolidate grammatical structures in the past, present and future tenses, extend and vary justified opinions in each of the aforementioned topics as well as learning more about the culture of Spain and Latin America such as European Day of Languages, Día de los Muertos, Día de los Reyes, Tapas Culture/French Delicacies, Nice and Paris Fashion Week.

Pupils will be assessed in the four main skills of languages: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

 

Year 9

In Year 9, students who have opted for Spanish/French will increase their learning hours from 4-5 per week. The focus of the year is to further develop existing language skills and learn what is required for KS4. Pupils will recap KS3 topics such as Introductions, Family, Hobbies in much greater detail as well as being introduced to topics on Technology, Hispanic/Francophone Customs and Festivals.

Students will consolidate and extend grammatical structures in the past (Perfect/[Preterite/Imperfect), present (Regular/Irregular/Continuous), future tenses (Simple/Future/Conditional), extend and vary justified opinions in each of the aforementioned topics as well as learning new linguistic techniques such as Idioms and Subjunctives.

Pupils will be assessed in the four main skills of languages: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

 

Years 10-11

At Key Stage 4, all pupils will study AQA Spanish at GCSE. Pupils will be trained to give well developed responses in both spoken and written situations, incorporating all varieties of present, past and future tenses. They will learn how to articulate their opinions as well as understanding and retorting to opinions of others. Pupils will cover a broad range of topics to give them an excellent knowledge vocabulary and grammar.

The new specification features the main four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) count for 25% each of a pupil’s overall GCSE grade. All assessments will be completed towards the end of Year 11. The specification covers 3 distinct themes, all of which include sub-themes:

1.       Identity and Culture (Me, my family and friends; Technology in everyday life; Free-time activities; Customs and festivals in Spanish-speaking countries/communities)

2.       Local, national, international and global areas of interest (Home, town, neighbourhood and region; Social issues; Global issues; Travel and tourism)

3.       Current and future study and employment (My studies; Life at school/college; Education post-16; Jobs, career choices and ambitions)

 

"The quality of teaching, learning and assessment in MFL has improved. A much greater proportion of pupils study and are set to be successful in this subject." 

- Ofsted Report, 2018