Modern foreign languages
Aims and objectives
- To provide pupils with their entitlement to a Modern Foreign Language.
- To stimulate interest and enjoyment in the learning of French / Spanish.
- To develop the ability to communicate effectively in French / Spanish.
- o encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages.
- To have a sympathetic approach to other cultures.
In September, Spanish will be offered to a selected number of pupils in year 9 who have shown a linguistic ability in years 7 and 8.
Key Stage 3
The key stage 3 course is supported by the text book “Expo”
- C’est parti! –name, where you live, age, birthday and numbers.
- Famille et copains – how many brothers and sisters you have, their names & ages, giving details about other members of your family, describing yourself and others, giving details about your pets.
- Chez moi – talking about where people live, describing your home and your bedroom, talking about what you do in the evening and telling the time.
- On va en ville – asking about places in a town, asking for directions, learning to say where you are and where you are going, expressing opinions and ordering drinks and snacks.
- Ma journée – talking about what you do in the morning, school subjects, giving reasons and opinions, talking about your timetable, talking about what you do after school.
- Famille et domicile – talking about families, jobs, where people live, describing the weather and describing a typical day.
- Temps libre – saying what you do in your spare time, concentrating on the past tense.
- Les sorties – making and reacting to invitations, making excuses, talking about clothes, shops and shopping.
- Manger et boire – talking about food, French meals, preparing for a party, shopping for food and eating at a restaurant.
- Voyages et vacances – talking about countries and languages, holidays, describing a holiday centre and finding information about a holiday destination.
- Ça t’intéresse? – talking about what you watch on TV, going to the cinema, describing yourself and others, talking about what you like reading and discussing what you did last week.
- L’avenir – planning what you are going to do, talking about the future, future careers, discussing the importance of language learning.
- En bonne santé? – talking about illness, saying what is wrong, healthy living, understanding and giving advice, talking about keep-fit activities.
- Les gens comme nous – talking about French speaking sports’ people, describing other people, understanding information about people and creating a whodunit.
- On y va – learning about the region of France, talking about travel arrangements, arranging hotel accommodation, talking about a visit to an attraction and a visit to a motor race.
Key Stage 4 (GCSE) - years 10 & 11
What is the course about?
French GCSE is a two year course which builds on topics already covered in key stage 3 e.g. school, home, town etc. The course is supported by the text book “Expo.”These topics deal with practical communication in the foreign language and also cover a number of topical issues.
The two skills of Speaking and Writing are worth 30% each and pupils are required to produce two tasks in each skill over the course of key stage 4.
Listening and Reading are worth 20% each and are assessed formally at the end of year 11.
There are 2 tiers of examination - Higher (covering grades A*-D) and Foundation (covering grades C-G). The appropriate tier of examination in each skill will be decided in Year 11.
The course is supported by the text book “Expo.”
If I do languages, what else goes with them?
A modern language nowadays can be combined with almost any subject, both at school and at university level. Previous 'unlikely' combinations in Higher Education, such as Physics & French, Law and French, are now relatively common.
What good is a foreign language?
Language specific careers exist, e.g. interpreter, translator etc; but the ability to speak or write one or more foreign languages is a useful skill for almost any career - from lorry driver to international executive. Just think how many foreign-owned firms there are in South Wales!
Key Stage 5 (French AS & A Level) - years 12 & 13
What is the course about?
At both A & A level pupils will develop the four language skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing) and also consolidate and build upon their knowledge of grammar and apply it correctly. This will be undertaken through the study of a number of topics.
The topics for French AS level are:
- Leisure and Lifestyles, including travel and tourism, hobbies, entertainment, customs and traditions, healthy living (nutrition, diet, exercise) and unhealthy living (drugs, AIDS, smoking, alcohol etc.)
- The Individual & Society, including relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture, education, vocational training and future careers
The topics for French A level are:
- Environmental Issues, including technology, pollution, global warming, transport, energy, nuclear energy, renewable energies, conservation, recycling and sustainability.
- Social and Political Issues, including the role of the media, racism, immigration, social exclusion and integration, terrorism and the world of work
Also students will need to study one or two of the following Guided Studies Options:
- The World of Cinema
- The World of Literature
- The Regions of France
Assessment – AS level
- FN1 Oral exam (15 minutes / 60 marks)
- FN2 Listening, Reading and Writing (2 ½ hours / 98 marks)
Assessment – AS level
- FN3 Oral exam (20 minutes / 60 marks)
- FN4 Listening, Reading and Writing (3 hours / 98 marks)
Teaching and learning methods
In MFL, pupils are involved in a variety of teaching and learning methods including: PowerPoint presentations, videos, games, individual, pair and groupwork, singing, role-play and drama.
Extra Curricular Activities
Transition – Pupils in Year 6 in our Primary feeder schools have received Spanish taster lessons.
Trips – Pupils will be offered the opportunity to experience the culture and practice their knowledge of French/Spanish on visits to France/Spain.
European Day of Languages – Annually on the 26th September, we will organise events to celebrate the European Day of Languages within the school.