MFL

Curriculum Leader: Andrew Peers

Year 7

In year 7 all students study French, German and Spanish. The language they study changes each half term, they have two lessons per week so they will therefore study each language for a term. 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.

Modules/Units

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 subject pronouns, key verbs, the present tense, simple opinions and adjectives.

The second module which students study in each language are: French: Family Life, German: Home Life and Spanish – School Life. Students increase their vocabulary in a variety of topics, which are relevant to them, whilst building on their grammatical knowledge in order to progress and develop their skills in each language.

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 students study one language either French, German or Spanish. Students continue to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills; whilst also increasing their key vocabulary and cultural awareness. Students in year 8 focus on improving their grammatical knowledge to include past and/or future tenses in their work.

Current Year 8 Students opted for the language which they are studying this year at the end of Year 7. Therefore students have either started a new language from French, German or Spanish, or they have continued with French or German that they studied last year. Students have two hours of their chosen language per week.

Modules/Units

The modules covered in each language include:

First Year French/German/Spanish: Personal Information, Family Life, Home Life, School Life, Free Time and My Town.

Second Year French/German: Food and Drink, Healthy Lifestyles, Media: TV/Film, Leisure and Holidays.

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 9

Currently students in Year 9 Band A study French and Band B students study German; for two hours per week. Students in set 1, in both bands, study 1 hour of French or German and 1 hour of Spanish each week.

Students in sets 1 and 2 follow a tailor-made course based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, which aims to stretch and challenge students in order to equip students with the vocabulary and skills required to ensure success, and to also provide them with the solid grammatical knowledge required for further study at GCSE level.

Students in sets 3 and 4 follow a tailor-made course based on the AQA Foundation Certificate of Secondary Education (FCSE), which aims to challenge students to ensure success and to also provide them with a solid foundation of vocabulary and grammar.

Modules/Units

The modules covered in each language include:

French/German Sets 1+2: Personal Information, Weather, Healthy Living, Local Area and European Cinema.

French/German Sets 3+4: Holidays and Travel, School, Food and Drink and European Cinema

Spanish Set 1: Personal Information, Healthy living, Media, Jobs/Future Plans and European Cinema.

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.

 

 

KS4 Edexcel Certificate in French/German

The Edexcel Certificate enables students to:

• develop their understanding and use of written and spoken forms of French/German in a range of familiar and practical contexts, and for a variety of purposes.
• develop the ability to communicate effectively, using a range of vocabulary and structures.
• develop a knowledge and understanding of French/German grammar and its practical application.
• develop a knowledge and understanding of countries and communities where French/German are spoken.
• develop positive attitudes towards modern foreign language learning acquire a suitable foundation for further study of French, or another language.

Modules/Units

Throughout the 2 year course the following topics will be covered:

• Home & Abroad
• Education & Employment
• House, Home & Daily Routine
• The Modern World & the Environment
• Social activities, Fitness & Health
Pupils will also be taught a range of complex grammatical structures and tenses in order to facilitate detailed responses to the assessment requirements.


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.

Three 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: Edexcel

Description of each module that also identifies how each module will be assessed:
The weighting of each module towards overall grade:
The qualification comprises three external assessments which are taken at the end of Year 11. All assessments provide a single tier of entry which tests the whole ability range. Each paper is targeted at grades A* to G.
Paper 1:  Listening – 25% of total marks (40 minutes + 5 minutes reading time)
Paper 2: Reading & Writing – 50% of total marks (90 minutes) The paper has equal weighting.
The Reading element will comprise of a range of question types; multiple choice, true/false, note taking, gap filling, matching etc.
The Writing element includes 2 tasks:
Task 1: In the first extended writing task, students will be required to write approx. 50 words in French/German on a topic related to a passage given in the reading section.
Task 2: Students will select 1 writing task from a choice of 3. Students are expected to write a continuous response of about 150 words.
Paper 3: Speaking – 25% of total marks (10 minutes) There are 2 sections:
Section A: Presentation & Discussion based on a single picture (max 4 minutes)
Section B: Two Conversations (max 6 minutes)

 

 

KS4 AQA GCSE Spanish

GCSE Spanish helps students develop their Spanish language skills in a variety of contexts and a broad understanding of the culture of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken. It encourages enjoyment of language learning and the recognition that language skills enable students to take their place in a multi-lingual global society.
The course develops the four skill areas and requires students to develop their ability to write and speak in Spanish and to read and listen. This course has 60 % controlled assessment (Speaking/Writing) and 40 % (Listening/Reading) final examination.

Modules/Units

Throughout the 2 year course the following topics will be covered:

Lifestyle:
• Health
• Relationships with family and friends

Leisure:
• Free Time and the Media
• Holidays
.
Home and Environment:
• Home and Local Area
• Environmental problems and solutions

Work and Education:
• School/College and Future Plans
• Current and Future Jobs

• Pupils are also taught a range of complex grammatical structures and tenses in order to facilitate detailed responses to the assessment requirements.

How pupils are to be assessed

Pupils are formally assessed at the end of each half term this will be a reading and listening assessment of past exam questions relating to the topic that they have studied. Speaking and writing skills are assessed through controlled assessment, which students complete throughout the two year course. Students will also complete past examination papers, vocabulary tests and grammar tests regularly.

Two external examinations to assess listening and reading skills 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

Description of each module that also identifies how each module will be assessed:
The weighting of each module towards overall grade:
If controlled assessment is involved, what level and what does this mean for pupils:
Details of any coursework:

The qualification comprises four modules, one in each of the four skills.
Listening and reading external examinations are taken at the end of Year 11; students are entered for either the Foundation Tier (Grades C-G) or the Higher Tier (Grades A*-D).
The speaking and writing elements are assessed through Controlled Assessment, which are completed throughout the course. The tasks are set in relation to the topic of work being studied and students have the opportunity to prepare a series of questions/bullet points that they respond to under exam conditions. All Controlled Assessments are moderated or assessed by the Exam board and are untiered; each task provides access to grades A*-G.

Unit 1: Listening – Examination – 20%
Either Foundation Tier: 30 minutes (+ 5 minutes reading time) or Higher Tier: 40 minutes (+ 5 minutes reading time).

Unit 2: Reading – Examination – 20%
Either Foundation Tier: 30 minutes or Higher Tier: 50 minutes.

Unit 3: Speaking – Controlled Assessment – 30%
Internally assessed – Two tasks submitted for moderation.

Unit 4: Writing Controlled Assessment – 30%
Externally assessed – Two tasks submitted for marking.