The MFL department consists of 3 specialist teachers, we have two classrooms with interactive whiteboards and recording devices. Our students have access to authentic materials, vocab mats and dictionaries.
At Key Stage 3 all students have two hours of curriculum time in MFL per week. Some learners will have the opportunity to study both French and Spanish from September 2014. Our pupils will study the following topics in one or both languages:
- Hobbies and Sport
- House and Home
- Healthy Living
- New Technology
- TV and Film
- Future Plans
As a department, we aim to ensure that all of our learners are as fully prepared as possible for their future learning and working in languages in ensuring that they appreciate the importance of MFL in today’s society . Learners develop transferable skills that will equip them for the work place, college, university, and beyond. Our priority is to ensure that all learners enjoy MFL, make excellent progress and can work collaboratively while doing so.
We recognise that there are children of different abilities in all classes and we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to their ability. We achieve this by:
- setting common tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
- setting tasks of increasing difficulty (some children will complete all of the tasks);
- grouping children by ability within the learning activity and setting different tasks to each ability group;
- providing resources of different complexity according to the ability of the child;
- using classroom assistants to effectively support the work of all groups.
Learners choosing MFL as an option at Key Stage 4 follow the AQA GCSE in MFL. The course of study involves two pieces of controlled assessment in writing and two in speaking with two examinations in Reading and Listening. The topics covered are as follows:
Home and Environment
Work and Education and Future Plans
Learners will be able to use more complex sentence structures and understand more advanced grammar in sentences and longer pieces of writing.
To motivate, challenge and reward our students we have enrichment activities that reach beyond the classroom. Through these extra-curricular activities, the department hopes to inspire and motivate students to pursue their interest in MFL. Activities include:
Y7 Interactive Spanish Club - These clubs are open to all Y7 students within the school. They are held every Monday lunch time and are an opportunity for our younger pupils to gain in confidence with the subject by playing interactive games and conversing in the Target Language.
GCSE Speaking Booster Sessions – These sessions are available from Tuesday to Friday after school for our GCSE students undertaking Speaking Controlled Assessments.
Saturday School – We provide a Saturday school revision session to prepare our students for the Listening and Reading examinations at GCSE.
MFL visit – Our Year 10 students have recently visited a Tapas restaurant to experience some Spanish culture and improve their language skills.