MFL

KS3 Course Content

Year 7

In Year 7 students build upon the linguistic skills that have been developing at primary level and work in four key skill areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing. They look at a variety of topics such as family, hobbies and interests and we promote cultural awareness. This first year is about laying the foundations for independent learners who will be willing to take risks when using the target language, as well as embedding what like to call ‘incredible language’ which helps students to add variety and complexity to their work. Although we loosely follow expo 1 / echo 1 textbook, we prefer a non-textbook approach which aids us to challenge the students and make the learning more creative and engaging.

Year 8

In Year 8 students follow project based learning. This allows us to discover more about the culture, as well as the language. We have found the projects hugely successful with teachers and students, and they allow us to encourage use of further complex language and structures. These projects include:

  • Geography – where students work to understand the Geography of the country that they are studying, landmarks etc. We also look in this unit at like in the country compared to ours.
  • History – In German, we look at the life of Anne Frank and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. In French we look at the French Revolution.
  • Health – looking at illnesses, sporting preferences and healthy eating. In this module we also go into the cooking room to try our hand at cooking some typical dishes from the country.
  • Sports – discussing sports that we like / dislike and why, even talking about extreme sports we would and would not try.
  • Music and Film – always a favourite with the students. We study the music and film of the country, with the opportunity to write a film review.

Assessment: assessment is done through focused targets for each half term, for which we use ‘doddle’. We use a combination of assessment for learning and more ‘controlled’ assessments.

The course follows naturally from the work done in Key Stage 3 and aims to develop the ability to understand and use French for purposes of practical communication; to offer insights into the culture and civilisation of French speaking countries; to encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and to provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation. Topics will be delivered through a variety of media.

Theme 1: Identity and Culture (Me, family and friends / Technology and everyday life / Free time activities / Customs and Festivals)

This is always a popular theme with the students, where they are able to express more complex views, for example concerning their views on marriage and the world of social media.

 

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest (Home and Region / Social Issues / Global Issues / Travel and Tourism)

In this theme, students will explore a variety of issues ranging from healthy living (social issues) to poverty and homelessness (global issues).

 

Theme 3: Current and Future Study and Employment (My Studies / Life at school/college / Education post-16 / Jobs, career choices and ambitions.

This theme explores what school life is like, with opportunities to compare it with other countries. Students discuss the attributes, advantages and disadvantages of different professions and discuss their own plans for the future.

 

Assessment:

 

Regular assessment is done through the use of Doddle. This includes assessment for learning as well as more controlled tests, to prepare them for the GCSE. PPE’s are also done in all 4 skills.

 

The distribution of mark is:

  • Listening 25%
  • Speaking 25%
  • Reading 25%
  • Writing 25%

The Examination:

It involves 2 levels of entry for each test: Higher (9-5) and Foundation (5-1). Students may no longer have ‘mixed entry’.

Paper 1: Listening

Exam at the end of year 11 lasting 35 minutes (Foundation) or 45 minutes (Higher). 5 minutes reading time is given before the test and students will respond in both English and French to different types of spoken language.

 

Paper 2: Speaking

Internal exam at the end of year 11, conducted by the teacher and marked externally by AQA. The speaking exam will last 7-9 minutes (Foundation) or 10-12 minutes (Higher) and is made up of:

– Role play, lasting 2 minutes

– Photo card, lasting 2 minutes (Foundation) or 3 minutes (Higher)

– General conversation, lasting 3-5 minutes (Foundation) or 5-7 minutes (Higher)

 

Students will be allowed supervised preparation time, during which they make notes to take into the exam.

 

Paper 3: Reading

Exam at the end of year 11 lasting 45 minutes (Foundation) or 1 hour (Higher). Students will answer in French and English (or non-verbally), responding to different types of written language.

 

Paper 4: Writing

Exam at the end of year 11, lasting 1 hour (Foundation) or 1 hour and 15 minutes (Higher). Students will have to communicate in writing for a variety of different purposes, which include: producing 4 sentences in response to a photo card; structured or open-ended writing tasks (in response to bullet points) and translation from English into French.

For further details about the GCSE MFL course please contact Miss Lakin

The German exchange is well established and continues to attract high levels of participation.

We also have an annual trip to France available for students who have opted for GCSE French.

key Stage 3

KS3 Course Content

Year 7

In Year 7 students build upon the linguistic skills that have been developing at primary level and work in four key skill areas of listening, reading, speaking and writing. They look at a variety of topics such as family, hobbies and interests and we promote cultural awareness. This first year is about laying the foundations for independent learners who will be willing to take risks when using the target language, as well as embedding what like to call ‘incredible language’ which helps students to add variety and complexity to their work. Although we loosely follow expo 1 / echo 1 textbook, we prefer a non-textbook approach which aids us to challenge the students and make the learning more creative and engaging.

Year 8

In Year 8 students follow project based learning. This allows us to discover more about the culture, as well as the language. We have found the projects hugely successful with teachers and students, and they allow us to encourage use of further complex language and structures. These projects include:

  • Geography – where students work to understand the Geography of the country that they are studying, landmarks etc. We also look in this unit at like in the country compared to ours.
  • History – In German, we look at the life of Anne Frank and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. In French we look at the French Revolution.
  • Health – looking at illnesses, sporting preferences and healthy eating. In this module we also go into the cooking room to try our hand at cooking some typical dishes from the country.
  • Sports – discussing sports that we like / dislike and why, even talking about extreme sports we would and would not try.
  • Music and Film – always a favourite with the students. We study the music and film of the country, with the opportunity to write a film review.

Assessment: assessment is done through focused targets for each half term, for which we use ‘doddle’. We use a combination of assessment for learning and more ‘controlled’ assessments.

key Stage 4

The course follows naturally from the work done in Key Stage 3 and aims to develop the ability to understand and use French for purposes of practical communication; to offer insights into the culture and civilisation of French speaking countries; to encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and to provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation. Topics will be delivered through a variety of media.

Theme 1: Identity and Culture (Me, family and friends / Technology and everyday life / Free time activities / Customs and Festivals)

This is always a popular theme with the students, where they are able to express more complex views, for example concerning their views on marriage and the world of social media.

 

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest (Home and Region / Social Issues / Global Issues / Travel and Tourism)

In this theme, students will explore a variety of issues ranging from healthy living (social issues) to poverty and homelessness (global issues).

 

Theme 3: Current and Future Study and Employment (My Studies / Life at school/college / Education post-16 / Jobs, career choices and ambitions.

This theme explores what school life is like, with opportunities to compare it with other countries. Students discuss the attributes, advantages and disadvantages of different professions and discuss their own plans for the future.

 

Assessment:

 

Regular assessment is done through the use of Doddle. This includes assessment for learning as well as more controlled tests, to prepare them for the GCSE. PPE’s are also done in all 4 skills.

 

The distribution of mark is:

  • Listening 25%
  • Speaking 25%
  • Reading 25%
  • Writing 25%

The Examination:

It involves 2 levels of entry for each test: Higher (9-5) and Foundation (5-1). Students may no longer have ‘mixed entry’.

Paper 1: Listening

Exam at the end of year 11 lasting 35 minutes (Foundation) or 45 minutes (Higher). 5 minutes reading time is given before the test and students will respond in both English and French to different types of spoken language.

 

Paper 2: Speaking

Internal exam at the end of year 11, conducted by the teacher and marked externally by AQA. The speaking exam will last 7-9 minutes (Foundation) or 10-12 minutes (Higher) and is made up of:

– Role play, lasting 2 minutes

– Photo card, lasting 2 minutes (Foundation) or 3 minutes (Higher)

– General conversation, lasting 3-5 minutes (Foundation) or 5-7 minutes (Higher)

 

Students will be allowed supervised preparation time, during which they make notes to take into the exam.

 

Paper 3: Reading

Exam at the end of year 11 lasting 45 minutes (Foundation) or 1 hour (Higher). Students will answer in French and English (or non-verbally), responding to different types of written language.

 

Paper 4: Writing

Exam at the end of year 11, lasting 1 hour (Foundation) or 1 hour and 15 minutes (Higher). Students will have to communicate in writing for a variety of different purposes, which include: producing 4 sentences in response to a photo card; structured or open-ended writing tasks (in response to bullet points) and translation from English into French.

For further details about the GCSE MFL course please contact Miss Lakin

Extra-Curricular

The German exchange is well established and continues to attract high levels of participation.

We also have an annual trip to France available for students who have opted for GCSE French.