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Modern Foreign Languages

In our department we encourage language learning and cultural awareness in order to prepare our students for a better understanding of the world.

Our Team

Marie-Louise Cordeiro
Lead Teacher of MFL
French & Spanish

Marion Barnes
Head of Department

Emily Brocken
Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages

Key Stage 3 (2 lessons per week)

All our students study French at Key Stage 3. We use Expo (1-2-3) which are a lively and easy-to-use French course for students of a wide range of ability. They are topic–based courses, which are underpinned by a clear grammatical progression.
All the activities are matched against the National Curriculum Levels.

Key Stage 3 French Curriculum Map

Year 11 French Curriculum Map

GCSE French Curriculum Map

In Year 9 we also offer Spanish to some students (as well as French). We use Listos.

Year 7 Spanish Curriculum Map

Year 8 and Year 9 Curriculum Map Spanish SOW 2016 2017 (1st year studying Spanish)

GCSE Spanish Curriculum Map

Homework is set at least once a week and it involves learning vocabulary, paragraph / dialogue writing, grammar exercises.

Vocabulary tests, writing without notes and end of module test (every halfterm) in one / two of the 4 skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing).

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Key Stage 4 (3 lessons per week)

French & Spanish

We use Expo (AQA GCSE French) and Mira! (AQA GCSE Spanish). At Key Stage 4, students can opt to take French or Spanish.
The GCSE examination consists of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.
There are 2 Controlled Assessments in Speaking and Writing, which are done over 2 years. 
Speaking = 30% Listening = 20%
Writing = 30% Reading = 20%

We also enter our bilingual students for GCSEs in their mother tongue. 

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Students consolidate their previous knowledge of vocabulary and expand it. Therefore vocabulary learning remains a homework task as well as writing about different topics and past paper practice.

Vocabulary tests, extended writing, question answering.
2 controlled assessments in Speaking and 2 controlled assessments in Writing.

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Future pathways
AS / A Levels in languages at college.
University: Languages combined with other subjects or on their own.
Some universities are requesting a language GCSE (Russel Group)
As part of the new Baccalaureate, a language GCSE is now compulsory.


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