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Modern Foreign Languages

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Miss C Thomas – Subject Leader | Mrs E Allen – KS3 Subject Leader

About the subject

At KS3, students cover a range of topics in preparation for GCSE. We use both Studio and Viva Español with online support from ActiveTeach / ActiveLearn. All students receive 3 lessons of MFL per week.

 

It is compulsory for some students to study a Modern Foreign Language at GCSE as part of the English Baccalaureate.  All students may choose to study French and/or Spanish at GCSE providing they have already studied that Language at KS3.

 

French/Spanish at GCSE builds on the KS3 study and prepares students for further study, e.g. GCSE to AS; AS to A2 etc.

 

There are 4 contexts in the current GCSE Specification for MFL.

The GCSE is made up of the following components:

 

Unit 1: Listening (Foundation/Higher)

Examination – 25%

 

 

 

Unit 2: Reading (Foundation/Higher)

Examination – 25%

 

Unit 3: Speaking (Foundation/Higher)

Oral Examination – 25%

 

Unit 4: Writing (Foundation/Higher)

Examination – 25%

 

 

Year 7 Overview

All students study French in year 7.

Topics covered include:

- Introducing myself and others

- School

- Hobbies

- Where you live

- Holidays

 

 

Year 8 Overview

French: All students study French in year 8.

Topics covered include:

- Fil, TV & Media

- Holidays and Trips

- Expressing yourself (character, likes, dislikes etc)

- Your ideal home

- Interests and jobs

Spanish: Some sets are introduced to Spanish this year, as well as continuing with their studies of French.

Topics covered include:

- Introducing myself and others

- My free time & hobbies

- School

- Family & friends

- Where you live

 

 

Year 9 Overview

French: All students study French in year 9.

Topics covered include:

- Life as a teenager

- Healthy living

- Holidays

- Expressing yourself (your rights, what makes you happy etc)

 

 

Spanish: Some teaching sets will continue their studies of Spanish in year 9.

Topics covered include:

- Holidays

- Film, TV & Media

- Food

- Arranging to go out

- Travel

 

 

Year 10 Overview

French/Spanish at GCSE:

Topics covered include:

 

Lifestyle

Health

• Healthy and unhealthy lifestyles and their consequences

Relationships and Choices

French/Spanish at GCSE:

Topics covered include:

 

Lifestyle

Health

• Healthy and unhealthy lifestyles and their consequences

Relationships and Choices

• Relationships with family and friends

• Future plans regarding: marriage/partnership

• Social issues and equality

 

Leisure

Free Time and the Media

• Free time activities

• Shopping, money, fashion and trends

• Advantages and disadvantages of new technology

Holidays

• Plans, preferences, experiences

• What to see and getting around

 

Students will complete 2 pieces of controlled assessment this year (30%).

 

Students will sit their mock examinations in Listening and Reading in July.

 

 

 

 

 

Year 11 Overview

French/Spanish at GCSE:

Topics covered include:

 

Home and Environment

Home and Local Area

• Special occasions celebrated in the home

• Home, town, neighbourhood and region, where it is and what it is like

Environment

• Current problems facing the planet

• Being environmentally friendly within the home and local area

 

Work and Education

School/College and Future Plans

• What school/college is like

• Pressures and problems

Current and Future Jobs

• Looking for and getting a job

• Advantages and disadvantages of different jobs

 

Students will complete 2 pieces of controlled assessment this year (30%)

 

Students will sit their final examinations in Listening and Reading in May (40%).

 

 

 

Exam board used for GCSE

AQA

French: Specification number 4655

Spanish: Specification number 4695

Link to the specification from the exam board

French

 

 

Spanish

 

(A) Lower Site

Green Lane Lower Site

Dagenham

Essex

RM8 1AL

Tel: 02082704222

Fax: 020 8270 4220

(B) Upper Site

Gosfield Road Upper Site

Dagenham

Essex

RM8 1JU

Tel: 020 8270 4200

Fax: 020 8270 4210