Modern Foreign Language Curriculum

Intent
The purpose of the MFL curriculum at St Michael’s is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to develop and practise their knowledge of French and Spanish whilst following an engaging and culturally enriching curriculum plan that incorporates the different skills required for learning a Modern Foreign Language, Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. Students will study different topic areas and themes as well as authentic materials and literature to enhance their cultural awareness with a focus on life in Spanish and French speaking countries.
Pupils will be taught to:

• understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic materials

• speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation

• write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt

• discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

• develop and use a wide-ranging and deepening vocabulary that goes beyond their immediate needs and interests, allowing them to give and justify opinions and take part in discussion about wider issues

• speak coherently and confidently, with increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation

• read literary texts in the language to stimulate ideas, develop creative expression and expand understanding of the language and culture

• write prose using an increasingly wide range of grammar and vocabulary, write creatively to express their own ideas and opinions, and translate short written text accurately into the foreign language

 

Implementation

MFL students begin their studies learning Spanish with our Higher Learners also studying French alternating half termly throughout KS3. In Year 7 MFL students begin with the themes of personal introduction and education and in Year 8 holidays and tourism and where we live. We ensure students experience a balance of higher level vocabulary and grammatical concepts in their programme of study. The topics are revisited and linked throughout KS3 and 4. Students are provided with one knowledge organiser per half term per language which covers the fundamental retrieval of key vocabulary and grammar. We include low stakes quizzing in every MFL lesson and retrieval practice is effectively used in various forms to ensure consolidation of vocabulary. Most students study MFL at KS4 and have the opportunity to opt for their chosen language that they have studied in Y8. We currently have 5 Dual Linguists at GCSE level.

At key stage 4 students follow AQA GCSE. Lessons are collaboratively planned to endure consistency across the languages curriculum. Knowledge organisers are used for KS4 topic areas and lessons begin with low stakes vocab tests on the knowledge organiser. Students are also given opportunities for wider reading from authentic materials and literature.

Students are formally assessed once per term in all key stages. A whole class feedback sheet is completed by the class teacher and shared with the class and a question level analysis is also completed to identify areas for personalised intervention strategies to be implemented.

Students are provided with reading and writing support in the form of differentiated vocabulary mats and targeted reading strategy exam guides for Grade 5 and 9. To prepare for the spoken element of the GCSE exam our students benefit from Intensive 1:1 input from a native speaker.

 

Impact

MFL outcomes at St. Michael’s are above national average. Students are exposed to content much broader than simply the directives of the GCSE specification and are often challenged with A level style material. This prepares students well for the next stage of their education.

They are given opportunities to visit countries where the language is spoken and enjoy cultural experiences such as European Day Of Languages and visits to a Tapas restaurant. Students strive to understand the rapidly changing world in which we live and seek a reasoned set of attitudes, values and beliefs and respect for and understanding of, themselves and their own culture, together with other cultures and societies. Most students see the study of a modern foreign language as an exciting, interesting and stimulating life skill to be shared with language learners throughout the world.

MFL provides the opportunity to combine linguistic skills with personal and social development including valuable study skills: attention to general and detailed meaning in listening and reading, predicting, selecting, comparing and interpreting information and memorisation. MFL develops learners’ awareness of cultural themes and enhances their skills across the curriculum.

 

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