Languages

Welcome to the Languages department

The MFL department comprises three subject specialists including one native Spanish speaker. We offer both French and Spanish to GCSE. 

Teachers

Madam Balch – Head of Languages 

Senior Shane – Teacher of Spanish

Senior Navarro – Teacher of Spanish 

Phase 2 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Our Phase 2 Scheme of Learning is based around the very interactive and fun Active Learn programme, which caters for a variety of learning styles to engage all learners.

Students in Year 7 have the opportunity to study one half term of Spanish and one half term of French before making an informed decision about which one to pursue as their language of choice for their continuing MFL studies. They will begin to focus on their chosen language from January 2021.

As we firmly believe that studying a language is one continuous journey, Phase 2 students will be introduced to some elements of GCSE exam technique from the start, such as translation, describing a photograph and role play conversations. 

MFL Topics – Year 7 

FRENCH SPANISH
AUTUMN TERM 1 STUDENTS WILL BE STUDYING SPANISH UNTIL HALF TERM Mi vida
AUTUMN TERM 2 C’est perso STUDENTS WILL BE STUDYING FRENCH UNTIL CHRISTMAS
SPRING TERM 1 Mon collège Mi tiempo libre
SPRING TERM 2 Mes passetemps Mi insti
SUMMER TERM 1 Ma zone Mi familia y mis amigos
SUMMER TERM 2 3..2..1 Partez! Mi ciudad

 

MFL Topics – Year 8 
FRENCH SPANISH
AUTUMN TERM 1 T’es branché(e)? Mis vacaciones
AUTUMN TERM 2 Paris, je t’adore! Todo sobre mi vida
SPRING TERM 1 Mon identité ¡A comer!
SPRING TERM 2 Chez moi, chez toi ¿Qué hacemos?
SUMMER TERM 1 Quel talent?! Operación verano
SUMMER TERM 2 Studio découverte  Las vacaciones
MFL Topics – Year 9 
FRENCH SPANISH
AUTUMN TERM 1 Ma vie socio d’ado Somos así
AUTUMN TERM 2 Bien dans sa peau ¡Oriéntate!
SPRING TERM 1 A l’horizon En forma
SPRING TERM 2 Spécial vacances Jóvenes en acción
SUMMER TERM 1 Moi, dans le monde Una aventura en Madrid
SUMMER TERM 2 LOOKING AHEAD TO GCSE / Project for those not continuing LOOKING AHEAD TO GCSE / Project for those not continuing

 

Phase 3 (Years 10 and 11) 

AQA GCSE in French 
AQA GCSE in Spanish

The course is made up  of 3 main subject areas called themes:

Theme 1 – Identity and culture (relationships, social media, music, cinema food, sport, festivals and customs).

Theme 2 – Local, national, international global areas of interest (home and local area, charity work, healthy living, environment, poverty, holidays/travel and French regions).

Theme 3 – Current and future study and employment (school subjects, school and college, university, work and career).

During the course students will also acquire translation skills, learn how to deal with authentic texts, learn vocabulary and build on grammatical knowledge.

Assessment:                      

Students must complete formal assessments in listening, speaking, reading and writing. These will be conducted at the end of the two year course. Each of these represents 25% of the overall numerical grade. The speaking component, which includes a role-play, a photo card and a general conversation element will be conducted by the teacher and marked by an external examiner

 

MFL Topics – Year 10 
FRENCH and SPANISH
AUTUMN TERM 1 THEME 1 IDENTITY AND CULTURE UNIT 1: Me, my family and friends 
AUTUMN TERM 2 THEME 2 LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL and GLOBAL UNIT 5: Home, town, neighbourhood and region 
SPRING TERM 1 THEME 3 CURRENT and FUTURE STUDY & EMPLOYMENT UNIT 9/10: My studies / Life at school and college 
SPRING TERM 2 THEME 1 IDENTITY AND CULTURE UNIT 3: Free-time activities

THEME 2 LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL and GLOBAL AREAS OF INTEREST UNIT 6: Social Issues pt 1

SUMMER TERM 1 THEME 2 LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL and GLOBAL AREAS OF INTEREST UNIT 6: Social Issues pt 2

THEME 1 IDENTITY & CULTURE UNIT 4: Customs and Festivals

SUMMER TERM 2 THEME 2 LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL UNIT 8: Travel and tourism 

 

MFL Topics – Year 11 
FRENCH and SPANISH
AUTUMN TERM 1 THEME 1: IDENTITY AND CULTURE UNIT 1: Marriage and Partnerships 

THEME 3: CURRENT AND FUTURE STUDY & EMPLOYMENT UNIT 11: Education post 16 

AUTUMN TERM 2 THEME 3: CURRENT AND FUTURE STUDY & EMPLOYMENT UNIT 12: Jobs, career choices and ambitions 

THEME 2 LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL AREAS OF INTEREST UNIT 7: Global issues pt2

THEME 1 IDENTITY AND CULTURE UNIT 2: Technology in everyday life 

SPRING TERM 1 THEME 2 LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL AREAS OF INTEREST UNIT 7: Global issues pt1
SPRING TERM 2 THEME 2 LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL and GLOBAL AREAS OF INTEREST UNIT 6: Social Issues 

THEME 2 LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL AREAS OF INTEREST UNIT 7: Global issues 

SUMMER TERM 1 Exam Preparation
SUMMER TERM 2 Exam Preparation

 

Useful Websites https://languagesonline.org.uk

https://www.wordreference.com/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z9dqxnb

 

Career Opportunities

Some modern language graduates work on a self- employed basis as interpreters or translators. However, many others choose careers not directly related to their subject but where there is the opportunity to use their language skills, for example working for companies who trade or offer services internationally or to non-English speaking customers and suppliers.

This means that language graduates work for a huge variety of employers and sectors, including:

  • business services
  • charity work
  • engineering
  • media
  • museums and libraries
  • public administration
  • teaching
  • tourism
  • transport and logistics

 

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