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MFL

MFL

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

In a world where communication has linked countries and cultures, being able to speak a foreign language is a benefit to both individuals and companies alike. Whether you wish to use your language skills on holiday or to further your career prospects, the skills taught in the classroom are essential.

Languages are taught in Key Stage 3 in a fun and engaging way by dedicated members of the department. Students are taught Spanish throughout Key Stage 3. ICT has become an integral part of our language teaching and learning.

In KS3 and KS4 students are assessed regularly throughout the year and therefore will be expected to learn items of vocabulary, grammar or pieces of written or spoken work to monitor and assess the students’ knowledge and understanding in the four skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.

Key Stage 3 

In KS3 we use the “Mira” course for Spanish, which is supplemented with materials from a variety of sources. During KS3 students will be taught a foundation course across a number of topics and themes, which forms a basis for further study at KS4. Students will be taught to understand and communicate in the four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, which are assessed through the course assessments.

Key Stage 4

In KS4 we use the GCSE “Echo” or “Mira” course book together with the Active teach ICT and Kerboodle software. The course is also supplemented with a variety of other materials. In KS4 and build on what they have previously learnt in KS3. Students will communicate and show understanding of a selection of topics drawn from the themes below. Students will be expected to understand and use a widening range of vocabulary and structures, give detailed accounts of events and express opinions, as well as dealing with the unexpected. Students are require to complete online tasks in class as well as for homework tasks. Regular homework will be set, which may comprise of learning or reading/writing tasks. Completion of homework is a vital part of the GCSE course.

The units studied at both KS3 and KS4 are drawn from the following themes:

Theme 1: Identity and Culture                  

Theme 1 covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

 

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

Topic 4 – Customs and festivals in Spanish/German speaking countries/communities

 

 

 

 

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest.

 

Theme 2 covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

 

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

 

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

 

Theme 3 covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

 

Topic 1 – My studies

Topic 2 – Life at school/college

Topic 3 – Education post 16

Topic 4 – Jobs, career choices and ambitions

 

 

Year 7 Topics

 Unit 1     The Basics Unit 2   Family and Friends  

Unit 3 School and Education

 Unit 4    Free time
Greetings and names

The alphabet

Classroom vocabulary/rules/ routine

Numbers and ages

Months and birthdays

Days of week

Nationalities

Family members

Descriptions(physical and characteristics)

Colours

Pets

Relationships

Opinions

Occupations

 

The school

Description

Students/teachers

School subjects and opinions

Telling the time

The school day

Clothes and Uniform –

 

 

Sports and other leisure activities

Frequency, places and people

TV programmes and films

Music

New technology

Advantages and Disadvantages of the internet

 

Year 8 Topics

 

Unit 1 House and home

Unit 2   Local Area and Environment  

Unit 3 Holidays

 

Types of houses

Location of the house/flat

Rooms

Furniture

Prepositions

Activities

 

Places in the town

Facilities/Activities

Directions

Shops

Weather

Environmental problems

Environmental solutions

 

Countries

Transport

Accommodation

Activities

Future/ideal holidays

 

 

 

 

 

Year 9 Topics

Unit 1 Social and Global issues Unit 2 Lifestyle Unit 3 Skills
Body parts

Ailments and remedies

Lifestyle & Routine

Food

Improving your lifestyle

Sports

 

Marriage and partnerships

Social Issues

Charity and Voluntary work

Jobs and pocket money

Future plans

Poverty

Homelessness

Verbs

Tenses

Translation

Exam techniques

GCSE Skills

 

 

 

 

 

KS4 Topics

The GCSE comprises of terminal examinations in the four skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Students are entered for all exams at either Foundation or Higher Tier.

Term 1

 

Theme 1

Topic 1 – Me, my Family and friends

Topic 2 – Technology in everyday life

Topic 3 – Free time activities

 

Term 2

 

Theme 1

Topic 4 – Customs and festivals

Theme 2

Topic 2 – Social issues

Topic 3 – Global issues

 

Term 3

 

Theme 2

Topic 1Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 4 – Travel and tourism

Term 4

Topic 1 – My studies

Topic 2 – Life at school/college

 

Term 5  

Theme 3

Topic 3 – Education post 16

Topic 4 – Jobs, career choices and ambitions

 

 

Facilities

We have two language rooms and a suite of computers. Computers are used in lessons to reinforce and practise vocabulary and grammatical structures. Each classroom is also equipped with a projector, which allows ICT facilities to enhance the teaching and learning. Much of the ICT software we use allows revision and reinforcement through games. In KS3 all classes have a timetabled lesson per fortnight in a computer room and in KS4 the adjoining computer suite is used.

Extra-curricular

Visits abroad are offered to allow students to experience the culture, language and food of a foreign country.

Currently we offer short visits to both France and Germany. The visits are open to all students regardless of the language studied. If the minimum number of participants is not reached, then unfortunately the visit will not take place. We are looking to offer visits together with the History department to enable students to visit places of historical importance and experience the culture of today.

Useful Websites

Linguascope (German, Spanish) Students have login details

Languages online (German, Spanish) No password required

BBC Bitesize (German, Spanish) No password required

Klar (German) Students have login details

SMSC

Modern foreign language teaching offers many opportunities to address SMSC. We explore and learn other languages and investigate the countries in which they are taught. We learn about the differences, beliefs, culture and customs of other nations and compare them with our own. We respect and embrace the diversity that is offered through the study of MFL. Visits abroad encompass all aspects of SMSC with the experiences made.