Modern Foreign Languages

Key Stage 3

Programme of Study

Students in Years 7 and 8 will study two languages: French and Spanish.

There is a strong focus at Key Stage 3 on the teaching of grammar, translations, spellings and phonics as well as developing vocabulary and cultural awareness.
This approach will enable students to be more confident and in charge of what they are writing and encourage spontaneity and independence in Speaking.

Over the 2 years, students will study the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Self and Family
  • Theme 2: Local Area
  • Theme 3: School
  • Theme 4: Food and Drink
  • Theme 5: Free Time
  • Theme 6: Media and TV
  • Theme 7: Holidays

All themes and topics are studied in the context of both the students' home country and that of countries and communities where the languages are spoken.

Students will have 3 lessons teaching in MFL per fortnight in each language.

Learning/Teaching Approach

Students will develop four languages skills:

  • Listening: understanding and responding to spoken language.
  • Speaking: taking part in conversations and role plays
  • Reading: understanding and responding to printed and hand written passages / texts.
  • Writing: communicating in the written language, applying the grammar and structures they have learnt.

Assessment

Students will be assessments in a range of skills:

  • Translations
  • Reading and Listening
  • Grammar skills
  • Writing
  • Speaking

 

Key Stage 4 Subject: French

Qualification

GCSE

Exam Board and Syllabus

Edexcel 1FR0

Programme of Study

A modern language is studied by most students in Key Stage 4
Questions across all four language skills are set in common contexts, addressing a range of relevant contemporary and cultural themes. They are organised into five themes, each broken down into topics and sub-topics.

  • Theme 1: Identity and culture
    • Who am I?: relationships; when I was younger; what my friends and family are like; what makes a good friend; interests; socialising with friends and family; role models
    • Daily life: customs and everyday life; food and drink; shopping; social media and technology (use of, advantages and disadvantages)
    • Cultural life: celebrations and festivals; reading; music; sport; film and television
  • Theme2: Local area, holiday and travel
    • Holidays: preferences, experiences and destinations
    • Travel and tourist transactions: travel and accommodation; asking for help and dealing with problems; directions; eating out; shopping
    • Town, region and country: weather; places to see; things to do
  • Theme 3: School
    • What school is like: school types; school day; subjects; rules and pressures; celebrating success
    • School activities: school trips, events and exchanges
  • Theme 4: Future aspirations, study and work
    • Using languages beyond the classroom: forming relationships; travel; employment
    • Ambitions: further study; volunteering; training
    • Work: jobs, careers and professions
  • Theme 5: International and global dimension
    • Bringing the world together: sports events; music events; campaigns and good causes
    • Environmental issues: being 'green'; access to natural resources

All themes and topics will be studied in the context of both the students' home country and that of countries and communities where French is spoken.

Learning/Teaching Approach

Students will develop four language skills:

  • Listening: understanding and responding to spoken language.
  • Speaking: communicating in the spoken language, taking part in conversations and role plays and presenting a prepared topic; showing knowledge of grammar and structures.
  • Reading: understanding and responding to printed and hand written texts.
  • Writing: communicating in the written language; applying the grammar and structures they have learnt.

Assessment

The course is assessed through the following Papers: (Students will be entered for either Foundation or Higher Tier)

  • Paper 1 Listening and understanding in French – 25% of marks
    Foundation tier: 35 minutes including 5 minutes reading time; 50 marks
    Higher tier: 45 minutes including 5 minutes reading time; 50 marks
  • Paper 2 Speaking in French - 25% of marks
    Foundation tier: 7–9 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time; 60 marks
    Foundation tier: 7–9 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time; 60 marks
    Higher tier: 10–12 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time; 72 marks
  • Paper 3 Reading and understanding in French- 25 % of marks
    Foundation tier: 45 minutes; 50 marks
    Higher tier: 1 hour; 50 marks
  • Paper 4 – 25% of marks
    Foundation tier: 1 hour 10 minutes; 60 marks
    Higher tier: 1 hour 20 minutes; 60 marks

All papers draw on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics (see above).

What it leads to

A level, vocational courses, study and work experience abroad. E.U. funding now provides many opportunities. The expanding European Market means an increasing demand for foreign languages at work. People with language skills and knowledge usually have an advantage over people without them. They stand out as talented and successful people, with broad and exciting horizons.


 

Key Stage 4 Subject: German

Qualification

GCSE

Exam Board and Syllabus

Edexcel 1GN0

Programme of Study

If students have enjoyed learning French and/or Spanish at Key Stage 3, they may wish to consider a GCSE in German. No previous knowledge is necessary, as the language is taught from scratch.

A modern language is studied by most students in Key Stage 4
Questions across all four language skills are set in common contexts, addressing a range of relevant contemporary and cultural themes. They are organised into five themes, each broken down into topics and sub-topics.

  • Theme 1: Identity and culture
    • Who am I?: relationships; when I was younger; what my friends and family are like; what makes a good friend; interests; socialising with friends and family; role models
    • Daily life: customs and everyday life; food and drink; shopping; social media and technology (use of, advantages and disadvantages)
    • Cultural life: celebrations and festivals; reading; music; sport; film and television
  • Theme2: Local area, holiday and travel
    • Holidays: preferences, experiences and destinations
    • Travel and tourist transactions: travel and accommodation; asking for help and dealing with problems; directions; eating out; shopping
    • Town, region and country: weather; places to see; things to do
  • Theme 3: School
    • What school is like: school types; school day; subjects; rules and pressures; celebrating success
    • School activities: school trips, events and exchanges
  • Theme 4: Future aspirations, study and work
    • Using languages beyond the classroom: forming relationships; travel; employment
    • Ambitions: further study; volunteering; training
    • Work: jobs, careers and professions
  • Theme 5: International and global dimension
    • Bringing the world together: sports events; music events; campaigns and good causes
    • Environmental issues: being 'green'; access to natural resources

 

All themes and topics will be studied in the context of both the students' home country and that of countries and communities where German is spoken.

Learning/Teaching Approach

Students will develop four language skills:

  • Listening: understanding and responding to spoken language.
  • Speaking: communicating in the spoken language, taking part in conversations and role plays and presenting a prepared topic; showing knowledge of grammar and structures.
  • Reading: understanding and responding to printed and hand written texts.
  • Writing: communicating in the written language; applying the grammar and structures they have learnt.

Assessment

The course is assessed through the following Papers: (Students will be entered for either Foundation or Higher Tier)

  • Paper 1 Listening and understanding in German – 25% of marks
    • Foundation tier: 35 minutes including 5 minutes reading time; 50 marks
    • Higher tier: 45 minutes including 5 minutes reading time; 50 marks
  • Paper 2 Speaking in German - 25% of marks
    • Foundation tier: 7–9 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time; 60 marks
    • Higher tier: 10–12 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time; 72 marks
  • Paper 3 Reading and understanding in German- 25 % of marks
    • Foundation tier: 45 minutes; 50 marks
    • Higher tier: 1 hour; 50 marks
  • Paper 4 – 25% of marks
    • Foundation tier: 1 hour 10 minutes; 60 marks
    • Higher tier: 1 hour 20 minutes; 60 marks

All papers draw on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics (see above).

What it leads to

A level, vocational courses, study and work experience abroad. E.U. funding now provides many opportunities. The expanding European Market means an increasing demand for foreign languages at work. People with language skills and knowledge usually have an advantage over people without them. They stand out as talented and successful people, with broad and exciting horizons.

Additional Points

A word of caution: this is a very intensive course and would consequently better suit more able linguists.

Tier of Entry

Higher/Foundation Tier.


 

Key Stage 4 Subject: Spanish

Qualification

GCSE

Exam Board and Syllabus

Edexcel 1SP0

Programme of Study

A modern language is studied by most students in Key Stage 4
Questions across all four language skills are set in common contexts, addressing a range of relevant contemporary and cultural themes. They are organised into five themes, each broken down into topics and sub-topics.

  • Theme 1: Identity and culture
    • Who am I?: relationships; when I was younger; what my friends and family are like; what makes a good friend; interests; socialising with friends and family; role models
    • Daily life: customs and everyday life; food and drink; shopping; social media and technology (use of, advantages and disadvantages)
    • Cultural life: celebrations and festivals; reading; music; sport; film and television
  • Theme2: Local area, holiday and travel
    • Holidays: preferences, experiences and destinations
    • Travel and tourist transactions: travel and accommodation; asking for help and dealing with problems; directions; eating out; shopping
    • Town, region and country: weather; places to see; things to do
  • Theme 3: School
    • What school is like: school types; school day; subjects; rules and pressures; celebrating success
    • School activities: school trips, events and exchanges
  • Theme 4: Future aspirations, study and work
    • Using languages beyond the classroom: forming relationships; travel; employment
    • Ambitions: further study; volunteering; training
    • Work: jobs, careers and professions
  • Theme 5: International and global dimension
    • Bringing the world together: sports events; music events; campaigns and good causes
    • Environmental issues: being 'green'; access to natural resources

 

All themes and topics will be studied in the context of both the students' home country and that of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken.

Learning/Teaching Approach

Students will develop four language skills:

  • Listening: understanding and responding to spoken language.
  • Speaking: communicating in the spoken language, taking part in conversations and role plays and presenting a prepared topic; showing knowledge of grammar and structures.
  • Reading: understanding and responding to printed and hand written texts.
  • Writing: communicating in the written language; applying the grammar and structures they have learnt.
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Assessment

The course is assessed through the following Papers: (Students will be entered for either Foundation or Higher Tier)

  • Paper 1 Listening and understanding in Spanish – 25% of marks
    Foundation tier: 35 minutes including 5 minutes reading time; 50 marks
    Higher tier: 45 minutes including 5 minutes reading time; 50 marks
  • Paper 2 Speaking in Spanish - 25% of marks
    Foundation tier: 7–9 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time; 60 marks
    Foundation tier: 7–9 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time; 60 marks
    Higher tier: 10–12 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time; 72 marks
  • Paper 3 Reading and understanding in Spanish- 25 % of marks
    Foundation tier: 45 minutes; 50 marks
    Higher tier: 1 hour; 50 marks
  • Paper 4 – 25% of marks
    Foundation tier: 1 hour 10 minutes; 60 marks
    Higher tier: 1 hour 20 minutes; 60 marks

All papers draw on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics (see above).

What it leads to

A level, vocational courses, study and work experience abroad. E.U. funding now provides many opportunities. The expanding European Market means an increasing demand for foreign languages at work. People with language skills and knowledge usually have an advantage over people without them. They stand out as talented and successful people, with broad and exciting horizons.