MFL

Curriculum Leader: Emma Riley

Year 7

In year 7 all students currently study German and have two lessons per week. The Year 7 course is challenging and engaging; purposely designed to develop the key skills that students use when speaking and understanding a modern foreign language. Students develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills; whilst also increasing their key vocabulary and cultural awareness.

Scheme of Learning

The first module in each language focuses on Personal Information; covering key functional vocabulary in each language such as : greetings, introductions, numbers, giving your age and birthday and an introduction to grammar such as; subject pronouns, key verbs, the present tense, simple opinions and adjectives.

Students will cover a variety of topics throughout the year which models the GCSE specification such as Family, Descriptions, Sports, Hobbies, TV/Film, Weather, House and Home, School Subjects and Time.

How pupils are to be assessed

Pupils are formally assessed at the end of each half term in a variety of the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Vocabulary and grammar tests are also completed regularly.

As a department we actively promote self-assessment and peer-assessment within our lessons. Students are given time to reflect on their learning and the next steps they need to take to improve.

Year 8

In year 8 all students currently study French. Students continue to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in line with the GCSE specification; whilst also increasing their key vocabulary and cultural awareness. Students in year 8 focus on improving their grammatical knowledge to include present, past and or future tenses in their work.

Scheme of Learning

Students will study a variety of topics and grammar concepts in order to effectively prepare for Key Stage 4 and the GCSE course which starts in Year 9. Students cover a variety of topics such as; Bedroom and furniture, Jobs/part time jobs, Places of work, Pocket Money, Future careers and Education, Future plans, Countries, Accommodation types, Bookings and Reservations, Complaints, Normal/Past/Future holiday.

Students will build upon the progress they made in Year 7 and throughout the year, will be assessed on all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in order to develop as linguists.

How pupils are to be assessed

Pupils are formally assessed at the end of each half term in a variety of the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Vocabulary and grammar tests are also completed regularly.

As a department we actively promote self-assessment and peer-assessment within our lessons. Students are given time to reflect on their learning and the next steps they need to take to improve.

Key Stage 4

Students start their three year GCSE course in Year 9 in the language they have been studying from Year 7 to ensure linguistic consolidation. The course is compiled of four skill areas, Listening, Speaking, Writing and Reading.

Year 9

Currently students in Year 9 study Spanish or German depending on what subject they studied in Year 8 for two hours per week. Students will cover three themes over the three year GCSE course, starting with Theme 1 in Year 9. Lessons are varied with aspects of listening, reading, writing and speaking and lessons are tailored to include a variety of these skills sets such as translation, comprehension, role play, spontaneous speech, amongst many others.

Scheme of Learning

Theme 1: Identity & Culture

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends, Relationships with family and friends, Marriage/partnership

Topic 2: Technology in everyday life, Social media, Mobile technology

Topic 3: Free-time activities, Music, Cinema and TV, Food and eating out, Sport

How pupils are to be assessed

Pupils are formally assessed at the end of each half term in a variety of the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Vocabulary and grammar tests are also completed regularly.

Four external examinations are to be taken at the end of Year 11.

Year 10

Currently students in Year 10 study French, Spanish or German for three hours per week. Students will cover Theme 2 throughout this year. Lessons are varied with aspects of listening, reading, writing and speaking and lessons are tailored to include a variety of these skills sets such as translation, comprehension, role play, spontaneous speech, amongst many others.

Scheme of Learning

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest Education and Future Employment

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues, Charity/voluntary work, Healthy/unhealthy living

Topic 3: Global issues, The environment, Poverty/homelessness

Topic 4: Travel and tourism


How pupils are to be assessed

Pupils are formally assessed at the end of each half term in a variety of the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, tests are tailored to ensure students are assessed in line with the assessment requirements of the course; past papers and exam style questions are included in regular assessments. Vocabulary and grammar tests are also completed regularly.

Four external examinations are taken at the end of Year 11.

As a department we actively promote self-assessment and peer-assessment within our lessons. Students are given time to reflect on their learning and the next steps they need to take to improve.

Exam Board: AQA

Year 11

Currently students in Year 11 study French, Spanish or German for two hours per week. Students will cover Theme 3 throughout this year and then recap Theme 1 and 2 towards the end of the year before the GCSE examination. Lessons are varied with aspects of listening, reading, writing and speaking and lessons are tailored to include a variety of these skills sets such as translation, comprehension, role play, spontaneous speech, amongst many others.

Scheme of Learning

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment covers the following four topics:

Topic 1: My studies

Topic 2: Life at school/college

Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions

GCSE Assessments

GCSE Spanish has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

Paper 1: Listening
What’s assessed

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

How it’s assessed

·       Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)

·       40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)

·       25% of GCSE

(Each exam includes 5 minutes’ reading time of the question paper before the listening stimulus is played.)

Questions

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

·       Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally

·       Section B – questions in Spanish, to be answered in Spanish or non-verbally

 

Paper 2: Speaking
What’s assessed

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

How it’s assessed

·       Non-exam assessment

·       7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time

·       10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time

·       60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

·       25% of GCSE

Questions

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

The format is the same at Foundation Tier and Higher Tier, but with different stimulus questions for the Photo card and different stimulus materials for the Role-play. The timings are different too:

·       Role-play – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at Higher Tier)

·       Photo card – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)

·       General conversation – 30 marks (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier)

 

Paper 3: Reading
What’s assessed

Understanding and responding to different types of written language

How it’s assessed

·       Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)

·       60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

·       25% of GCSE

Questions

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

·       Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally

·       Section B – questions in Spanish, to be answered in Spanish or non-verbally

·       Section C – translation from Spanish into English (a minimum of 35 words at Foundation Tier and 50 words at Higher Tier)

 

Paper 4: Writing
What’s assessed

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes

How it’s assessed

·       Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)

·       50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier

·       25% of GCSE

Questions

Foundation Tier

·       Question 1 – message (student produces four sentences in response to a photo) – 8 marks

·       Question 2 – short passage (student writes a piece of continuous text in response to four brief bullet points, approximately 40 words in total) – 16 marks

·       Question 3 – translation from English into Spanish (minimum 35 words) – 10 marks

·       Question 4 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks

Higher Tier

·       Question 1 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks

·       Question 2 – open-ended writing task (student responds to two compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 150 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 32 marks

·       Question 3 – translation from English into Spanish (minimum 50 words) – 12 marks