GCSE Results 2022
2022/2023 teaching staff: Mrs H Stanton, Mrs U Bell, Mrs N Beckett, Ms A Sotty, Miss M Allen and Mr N Tunstill.
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|Faculty||Modern Foreign Languages|
|Mrs H Stanton
Contact for more details of Modern Foreign Languages curriculum
|KS3 Coordinator||Mrs U Bell
(Deputy Head of Faculty)
|Statement of Intent||
Our modern language students will develop the grammar, topic language and their competence in all four skills to express their ideas and thoughts in another language. They will be able to read extended texts, listen to and understand native speakers and develop the skills to communicate through speech and writing. Students will be equipped to cope with authentic situations in the target language, to become more open to other cultures and more resilient and appreciative of the benefits of learning a foreign language.
Examples of topics studied in MFL based on their first foreign language include:
Curriculum French Autumn Term.pdfCurriculum German Autumn Term.pdf
|KS4 Coordinator||Mrs H Stanton
(Coordinating KS4 as Head of Faculty)
In Key Stage 4, students can opt to continue with one of their languages from KS3. Familiar topics are revisited in greater depth and new topics are explored. The aim is to ensure that a wide range of skills, vocabulary and grammatical structures are covered in accordance with GCSE specification. The new GCSE course offers the opportunity to study a broad selection of texts including literary and transactional language. Students will learn how to communicate clearly and confidently in a foreign language. Students will develop an array of transferrable skills that allow them to speak in public, react to questions spontaneously and to develop problem solving strategies in order to successfully respond to different text genres.
The MFL course is generic to all three languages and covers 3 main themes:
•Identity and culture
•Local, national, international and global areas of interest
•Current and future study and employment
Students are taught in mixed ability sets in KS4, and the GCSE exams take place at the end of the two year course.
There are four papers carrying equal weighting (25% each) – one for each skill: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
All exams are set and marked by AQA. There are tiered papers in all four skills, and students will be entered for either Foundation or Higher Tier across all four papers.
More information about the course and subject specification can be found at: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages
In Modern Foreign Languages, we aim to develop students’ ability to communicate accurately and with confidence across all four skills (listening/reading/speaking/writing) in French, German and Spanish.
Homework is differentiated and compulsory. We set a piece of either learning or written homework every week. Students are expected to learn their vocabulary well, and it’s tested in class on a regular basis. Students are provided with a vocabulary booklet covering the key words for the year. We offer a wide range of resources in order to promote students’ independent learning and enjoyment of the language across all Key Stages. We also have subscriptions to interactive language software which can be accessed from home.
We are a dedicated and hard-working team including three native speakers for German and French, and we are all enthusiastic and extremely talented linguists. We are an experienced team and look forward to welcoming new teachers and trainee teachers in a supportive and friendly department.
MFL Enrichment & Extra-Curricular
Languages Club for year 7 pupils welcomes pupils of all abilities to share in the love of language learning.
ICT resources: vocabexpress, linguascope, languagesonline, ActiveLearn, Kerboodle, Quizlet
French: Each year we offer a residential visit to Paris that allows Year 8 pupils to be immersed in French language and culture. We also run a day trip to Lille Christmas Market.
German: For the last two years we have run a video conferencing scheme in KS3 with a German school in Aachen. We also offer a residential trip to Trier/Cochem in the Moselle Valley, where year 8 pupils are given the opportunity to practise their German language skills.
Spanish: Since 2013 Modern Foreign Languages together with Art & Design have offered a 5 day residential trip to Madrid. This trip is available to year 9 and year 10 students and of particular interest to those who study either subject at GCSE.