Modern Foreign Languages

French and Spanish
Key Stage 3Key Stage 4

Being able to speak one or several foreign languages has become one of the most sought-after skills in the professional world and is a major advantage on the international job market.
Spoken by more than 290 million people worldwide on five continents, French has truly become a global language. It is the official language of 29 countries including many areas of Africa. As the world’s fifth biggest economy and third-ranking destination for foreign investment, France is a key economic partner.

French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts.

An ability to understand and speak French can give access to an exciting variety of professional opportunities and enable you to gain important insights into other cultures, enriching your travel experiences whether for pleasure or for work.

More than 400 million people speak Spanish worldwide and it is an official, national, or widely spoken language in 44 countries. An ability to understand and speak Spanish can give access to an exciting variety of professional opportunities and enable you to gain important insights into other cultures, enriching your travel experiences whether for pleasure or for work.

Key Stage 3

Pupils receive two lessons of French and Spanish per week and have the opportunity to engage in active and stimulating lessons which encourage communication. We aim to foster a love of languages in our pupils whilst broadening their horizons. We develop fluency and accuracy in the four skill areas, challenging and extending pupils of all abilities.

Year 7

French

Tout sur moi

Personal information, physical appearance, favourite objects:

  • introduce yourself
  • describe yourself and other people
  • describe your favourite object
  • discuss French-speaking regions

Mon monde perso

Personality, family, school subjects, friends:

  • describe personality
  • talk about family members and friends
  • give opinions of school subjects
  • home and family life: compare yourself now with how you used to be

Autour de moi

School, home and animals:

  • talk about school and where you live
  • talk about leisure activities and personal possessions
  • describe animals

À table

Food:

  • say what you eat and drink at mealtimes
  • give opinions on food and drink
  • say where you like to eat out

Spanish

Bienvenidos

  • Greetings
  • Classroom items
  • Numbers 1-31
  • Dates, ages and birthdays
  • Alphabet and spellings
  • Days of week
  • Classroom instructions

Tú y yo

  • Where you live
  • Family and pets
  • Simple descriptions (physical and personality)

¡Vamos al instituto!

  • School subjects likes, dislikes and opinions
  • Time
  • Mealtimes, food and drink
  • Describing your school
  • Travelling to school
  • School uniform

En casa

  • House and home
  • Describing your house

Year 8

French

À table

Food:

  • revision of food
  • order food in a café
  • use quantities and understand recipes
  • talk about food specialities and art

Mon quartier

Local area:

  • describe a town
  • say what you can do at different places
  • ask for and give directions
  • arrange to go out and where to meet

Ça, c’est mon truc

Lifestyle:

  • talk about clothes and give opinions on styles
  • talk about the weather and what you wear for different occasions
  • say when/how often you do activities
  • discuss weekend activities
  • talk about music preferences and national events

Destination vacances

Holidays:

  • talk about holidays and preferred holidays
  • talk about items you take on holiday
  • talk about your ideal holiday

Spanish

En casa

  • Revision of where you live
  • Describing your bedroom
  • Daily routine and after-school activities

Mi tiempo libre

  • Sports
  • Leisure and weekend activities
  • Going out
  • Helping at home

Mi pueblo

  • Going to town
  • Directions and distance
  • Describing location
  • Describing your town
  • Weather

Nos presentamos

  • Comparing yourself and other people
  • Using adverbs
  • Making introductions
  • Going shopping

Year 9

French

Destination vacances

Holidays:

  • revision of holidays
  • describe a past holiday, where you went and what you did
  • talk about festivals

Bouger, c’est important!

Sport and Leisure:

  • talk about sports, leisure activities and active holidays
  • name parts of the body and talk about sports injuries
  • describe sports personalities and sports events

Aux quatre coins du monde

Daily life and issues in Francophone countries:

  • describe your daily routine
  • talk about what you did yesterday
  • discuss what you do to help others
  • French-speaking countries in Africa

Le monde des médias

Entertainment and advertising:

  • talk about television programmes
  • give detailed opinions on music
  • talk about film genres and review a film
  • talk about reading preferences
  • understand and use the language of advertising

Accro à la technologie

Technology:

  • describe old and new technology
  • talk about using technology for leisure activities
  • identify the risks of social networking sites
  • discuss pros and cons of new technology
  • talk about favourite technology and gadgets

Être ado, c’est quoi?

Issues for teenagers:

  • discuss relationships with parents
  • talk about pocket money and helping out at home
  • discuss pressures faced by teenagers and understand advice

Spanish

La comida

  • Mealtimes using present, past and future tense
  • Expressing food likes and dislikes
  • Buying food and drink
  • Talking about healthy eating

El turismo

  • Asking questions about places
  • Holidays

De compras

  • Shops and shopping
  • Shopping for clothes
  • Comparing price of clothes
  • Describing clothes and school uniform
  • Discussing different styles and eras of fashion

¡Diviértete!

  • Going out
  • Going to the cinema
  • Describing festivals in the present and past.

Assessments

Assessments in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing take place at the end of each module. There is an annual summative assessment for each year group.

Homework is set once a week at Key Stage 3, this can include reading comprehension, extended writing tasks, vocabulary learning, revision for module tests, translation, interactive tasks on language learning websites or research on cultural topics.

Key Stage 4

The study of French and Spanish at GCSE should encourage pupils to further develop their ability and ambition to communicate with native speakers in speech and writing. The study of a language should also broaden their horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develop new ways of seeing the world.

French and Spanish at GCSE allows pupils to deepen their knowledge of topics studied at Key Stage 3 as well as study new topics such as education post-16, career choices and ambitions, social issues and global issues.

French and Spanish are both counted as one of the English Baccalaureate subjects.

GCSE French

Over the two year course, pupils will develop their abilities in the following areas:

Listening
Responding to a variety of spoken French, including authentic materials such as songs, announcements and adverts.

Speaking
Taking part in role plays, conversations and making presentations.

Reading
Demonstrating an understanding of a variety of texts.

Writing
Producing a variety of written texts for different purposes.

Subject content

Pupils study the following themes. These themes apply to all four question papers.

Theme 1: identity and culture

  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free-time activities
  • Customs and festivals in the target language-speaking countries/communities

Theme 2: local, national, international and global areas of interest

  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel and tourism

Theme 3: current and future study and employment

  • My studies
  • Life at school/college
  • Education post-16
  • Career choices and ambitions

Examinations and Assessments

Awarding Body: AQA

There are four elements assessed.

Listening – 35 minutes Foundation Tier / 45 minutes Higher Tier – 25%
Speaking – Speaking test – 7-9 minutes Foundation Tier / 10-12 minutes Higher Tier – 25%
Reading – 45 minutes Foundation Tier / 1 hour Higher Tier – 25%
Writing – Written exam – 1-hour Foundation Tier / 1 hour 15 minutes Higher Tier – 25%

Pupils will be entered for either Foundation or Higher Tier. They will do the same tier in ALL papers.
These qualifications are linear, meaning pupils sit all their exams at the end of the course.

GCSE Spanish

Over the two year course, pupils will develop their abilities in the following areas:

Listening
Responding to a variety of spoken Spanish, including authentic materials such as songs, announcements and adverts.

Speaking
Taking part in role plays, conversations and making presentations.

Reading
Demonstrating an understanding of a variety of texts.

Writing
Producing a variety of written texts for different purposes.

Subject content

Pupils study the following themes. These themes apply to all four question papers.

Theme 1: identity and culture

  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free-time activities
  • Customs and festivals in the target language-speaking countries/communities

Theme 2: local, national, international and global areas of interest

  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel and tourism

Theme 3: current and future study and employment

  • My studies
  • Life at school/college
  • Education post-16
  • Career choices and ambitions

Examinations and Assessments

Awarding Body: AQA

There are four elements assessed.

Listening – 35 minutes Foundation Tier / 45 minutes Higher Tier – 25%
Speaking – Speaking test – 7-9 minutes Foundation Tier / 10-12 minutes Higher Tier – 25%
Reading – 45 minutes Foundation Tier / 1 hour Higher Tier – 25%
Writing – Written exam – 1-hour Foundation Tier / 1 hour 15 minutes Higher Tier – 25%

Pupils will be entered for either Foundation or Higher Tier. They will do the same tier in ALL papers.
These qualifications are linear, meaning pupils sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Homework and School-based Assessments

Pupils receive homework twice a week. This can include reading comprehension, extended writing tasks, vocabulary learning, translation, interactive tasks on language learning websites or exam style questions related to the content studied in each module.

Practice assessments will take place at appropriate points throughout the course. In the Year 10 examinations and Year 11 mock examinations, pupils are assessed in all four skills.

Further Study

A GCSE in French or Spanish will open up many opportunities for further study. Academic routes will take pupils on to A Level and a variety of degree courses at university. A Modern Foreign Language is an excellent supporting subject for a variety of career paths, for example, Marketing, Business, Law and Tourism.

Of course, each language can be further studied in its own right, leading to careers in Translation, Teaching and Journalism. The language student possesses many transferable skills highly valued by employers such as communication, team working, presentation, problem-solving, organisation and tolerance.

Department Staff

Mrs K Browne

Head of MFL / Teacher of French

Mrs S Hughes

Teacher of Spanish

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