Why Choose Modern Foreign Languages?
Learning to speak a new language is fun, rewarding and enriching. It opens doors to new cultures and is a great way to make new friends. In an increasingly globalized world the advantage of speaking more than one language is becoming more and more apparent. Language learning brings with it a vast amount of benefits both at a personal level and at an economic level. Learning a language boosts brain power and helps with memory, literacy and communication skills. All transferable skills.
In a worldwide context a second language helps with an appreciation of other cultures and customs. It also helps with career prospects. The realities of our world today makes speaking a languages more essential than ever.
Fact English isn’t the most commonly spoken language in the world.
Fact after learning one foreign language the third, fourth and fifth are much easier.
The MFL department are a very experienced passionate and motivated team. The school values lie at the heart of all we do. Languages bring people together.
Curriculum | Key Stage 3
Students learn either French or German in Keystage 3. The students have 5 lessons over 2 weeks.
Should there be a strong preference for a language please let us know before the students start.
Our keystge 3 curriculum is loosely linked to the Stimmt! textbook for German and Studio textbook for French.
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 7||Year 8|
Fairy Tale Project
It is recommended that students have their own dictionary and a notebook.
All year 7 students will have the opportunity to go to Calais for the day in the summer term.
There are inter house Christmas card and Spelling Bee competitions.
Curriculum | Key Stage 4
We follow the AQA GCSE Language Specification over 3 years.
This is divided into 3 themes, which subdivide into topics. This is the same for both French and German.
|QAN : 601/8159/X Spec 8668||QAN : 601/8157/6 Spec 8658|
|YEAR 9||Identity and Culture||Me/My Family and Friends
Technology in Everyday life
Free time activities
Customs and Festivals
|YEAR 10||Local National, International and global areas of Interest||Home, Town and Neighbourhood
Travel and Tourism
|YEAR 11||Current and Future Study and employment||My Studies
Education Post 16
Students further develop the 4 language skills of Listening, Speaking Reading and Writing. There is a much stronger emphasis on grammar than in Keystage 3.
The exam is sat at the end of the course. The speaking exam is conducted with the class teacher, recorded and sent away to be marked. This is in the April/May of Year 11.
Students require a dictionary and a vocabulary notebook. They will be given vocabulary glossaries with the important phrases. Students have access to the online Kerboodle Textbook. A CGP revision guide, which can be purchased through the school library, is highly recommended.
Curriculum | Key Stage 5
We follow the AQA Specification. Students sit the A2 Exam at the end of year 13.
The A level course takes the students on a journey of discovery into the heart of their chosen language. The courses for French and German are steeped in the culture and history of their language. The courses are divided into 4 Themes and divided into topics.
|QAN : 601/8729/3 Spec 7662||QAN : 601/8727/X Spec 7652|
|Aspects of German Speaking Society: Current trends
|Aspects of French Speaking Society: Current trends
Family in change
The cyber society
The role of charity
|Artistic Culture in the German speaking world
Festivals and traditions
Art and architecture
Berlin and its cultural life then and now
|Artistic Culture in the French speaking world
A culture proud of its heritage
Contemporary French Music
Cinema-the 7th art
|Multiculturalism in German speaking society
|Aspects of French Speaking Society: Current issues
Positive aspects of a diverse society
What sort of a life for people living on the margins?
How are criminals treated?
|Aspects of political life in the German speaking world
Germany and the European Union
Politics and Youth
The reunification and its consequences
|Aspects of political life in the French speaking world
Young people, the right to vote and political commitment
Demonstrations, strikes- who has the power?
Politics and Immigration
In addition students study a film and a work of literature.
|Good Bye Lenin! Directed by Wolfgang Becker||Au Revoir Les Enfants directed by Louis Malle|
|Der Vorleser by Bernhard Schlink||No et moi by Delphine de Vigan|
In preparation for the speaking exam the students undertake an independent research project in the final term of year 13. This forms the major part of the speaking exam.
We currently offer a work experience exchange to France in conjunction with another school.
Starting soon we are going to offer Spelling Bee Inter-house competitions and at Christmas we will have a Christmas card competition.
Support lessons are offered by individual members of staff alongside the school intervention plan.
Coming in October 2019 there will school visits to France and Germany for years 9 and 10.
Year 7 will be offered the opportunity to go to Calais for a day.
The study of languages opens may doors. Here are some sample jobs
Accountant, Advertising Account Manager, Business Consultant, Communications Coordinator, Digital Capability Manager, Event Manager, Graduate Hotel Management Trainee, HR Administrator, Interpreter, Investment Banking Analyst, International Sales Co- ordinator, Bi-lingual IT Analyst, IT User Support, Language Teacher (non-UK), M & A Analyst, Marketing Analyst, Marketing Manager, Publishing Editor, Recruitment Consultant, Retail Banking Management Trainee, Sales Co-ordinator, Starting own Business, Assistant Teacher, Technology Risk Consultant, Transport Manager.
Extracted from University of Bath research
Exam Board & Specifications
|QAN : 601/8729/3 Spec 7662||QAN : 601/8727/X Spec 7652|