MFL

Our philosophy in the Modern Foreign Languages Department is to help students develop their knowledge of French and Spanish for practical use, encourage them to appreciate the value of language learning and foster an interest in and tolerance of other cultures, both European and global. We believe in communicating as much as possible in the target language in lessons, in addition to frequent study and practice of vocabulary and grammar. Our aim is to develop our students’ listening, reading, speaking and writing skills through a wide range of activities including oral work, working on audio and visual materials, playing language games, using interactive resources and writing blogs.

Staff Names and Roles
Mme S Bataller – MFL Subject Leader
Miss R Heron – Teacher of Spanish

Key Stage 3

The majority of our Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 students study both French and Spanish.

We use resources which reflect the world in which our students live, using contexts familiar to their everyday lives, teaching them the vocabulary and grammar they will need to communicate with young French and Spanish people on topics which interest and stimulate them. Topics include:

  • All about me
  • School
  • Hobbies
  • My town/village
  • Holidays
  • Cinema & TV
  • Paris/Madrid
  • Personality & Relationships
  • My home
  • Food & Drink
  • French/Spanish-speaking world
  • Part-time jobs
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Future plans

 

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Year 8 Students and their French Exchange partners

French Exchange 1

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and Year 11 students may opt for GCSE French or Spanish in one year as part of our ‘Stage not Age’ curriculum.  Topics include:

  • Lifestyle
  • Leisure
  • Home & Environment
  • Work & Education

Please go to www. aqa.org.uk for further details.

 

Student Quotes

“I’m enjoying studying GCSE – it’s one of my favourite lessons.”

Key Stage 5

We offer AS-Level and A-Level French and Spanish

French

Awarding Body 
AQA (New specification for September 2016)

Useful Websites
www.bonjourdefrance.com
www.linguascope.com
www.frenchteacher.net

Student Comments
“I am thoroughly enjoying the work at AS-Level – I am treated with maturity and have more freedom and responsibility.  The atmosphere between the teacher and students is better and more relaxed.”
“I hugely recommend French AS/A2 to those not only wanting to do French at University, but to anyone.  It’s a great advantage in any field of work – even more so as the multicultural world is growing.”
“You are much more independent and have to think for yourself but the support you receive is outstanding…”
“We have learnt a lot about French culture and the language.  The topics involve knowledge of French society, which I find really interesting.”

Course Requirements
5 GCSEs at grade C or above, which must include: GCSE French Grade B.

Course Description (AS) 
Students will continue to develop the four language skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing and, in addition, study French culture and current affairs topics.  Students will learn from newspapers, magazines, television and radio programmes and DVDs.  Up-to-date topics will include media, popular culture and relationship issues.  Spending time in France and/or French speaking countries will be encouraged.

Course Description (A2)
Students will continue to develop their language skills and current affairs knowledge and, in addition, will study aspects of the multicultural society, contemporary social issues, politics and culture.

Assessment Procedure 
Internal tests during the course culminate in the AS-Level examination at the end of Year 12 and the A2-Level examination at the end of Year 13.

Progression 
French can be used as an entry qualification to a wide variety of courses at University or College, as a basis for a Modern Language course or as an element of a Joint or Combined course.  Combinations have been as diverse as French and Linguistics, French and Psychology and French and Business Studies.  Students are invited to take a look on www.language.org.uk and view the possibilities.

Spanish (AS-Level and A-Level)

Awarding Body 
AQA (New specification for September 2016)

Useful Websites
www.studyspanish.com
www.spanishlanguage.co.uk

Student Comments
“It is fantastic to learn about Spanish culture and society, through literature and cinema, as well as increasing my language skills.”
 
Course Requirements
5 GCSEs at grade C or above, which must include GCSE Spanish Grade B.

Course Description (AS-Level) 
Students will continue to develop the four language skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing and, in addition, study Spanish culture and current affairs topics.  Students will learn from newspapers, magazines, television and radio programmes and DVDs.  Up-to-date topics will include media, popular culture and relationship issues.  Spending time in Spain and/or Spanish speaking countries will be encouraged.

Course Description (A2-Level) 
Students will continue to develop your language skills and current affairs knowledge and in addition will study aspects of the multicultural society, contemporary social issues, politics and culture.

Assessment Procedure 
Internal tests during the course culminate in the AS-Level examination at the end of Year 12 and the A2-Level examination at the end of Year 13.

Progression 
Spanish can be used as an entry qualification to a wide variety of courses at University or College, as a basis for a Modern Language course or as an element of a Joint or Combined course.  Combinations have been as diverse as Spanish and Linguistics, Spanish and Psychology and Spanish and Business Studies.  Students are invited to take a look on www.language.org.uk and view the possibilities.

Language skills can take students a long way!  Many Higher Education institutions now offer students the opportunity to continue their Modern Languages study regardless of degree choice.  Students wishing to go into Primary Education or Medicine are strongly recommended to consider including foreign language study in their plans.

Enrichment activities

Our French Exchange with le Collège St Joseph, Brittany began in 1994.  It has involved many students over the years; the French group usually visits us in April/May and we return to Herbignac in June.

 

 

 

Exchange 2016