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Governors

Modern Foreign Languages

 

Subject

Modern Foreign Languages

 

Subject leader

Miss C Thomas – Subject Leader

Mrs E Allen – KS3 Subject Leader

 

About the subject

KS3:

At KS3 students cover a range of topics in preparation for GCSE. We use both Studio and Viva with online support from ActiveTeach. All students receive 3 lessons of MFL per week. Homework is set once a week.

 

KS4:

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.  Homework is set once a week.

 

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 3 themes in the new GCSE Specification for MFL.

·        Theme 1: Identity and culture

·       Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

·       Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

 

The GCSE is made up of the following components:

Paper 1: Listening

•        Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier),

•        45 minutes (Higher Tier)

•        40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)

•        25% of GCSE

 

Paper 2: Speaking

•        Non-exam assessment

•        7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time

•        10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time

•        60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

•        25% of GCSE

 

Paper 3: Reading

·       Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier),

·       1 hour (Higher Tier)

·       60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

·       25% of GCSE

 

Paper 4: Writing

•        Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier),

•        1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)

•        50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier

•        25% of GCSE

 

Year 7 Overview

All students study French in year 7.

 

Topics covered include:

 

-          Introducing myself

-          My friends & family

-          My school

-          My hobbies

-          My home

-          Holidays

 

Year 8 Overview

French: All students study French in year 8.

 

Topics covered include:

-          TV, cinema, music and literature

-          Project Paris

-          My identity

-          My home

-          Talents and ambitions

 

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

 

Topics covered include:

-          Introducing myself

-          My friends & family

-          My free time

-          School

-          My home

 

Year 9 Overview

French: All students study French in year 9.

 

Topics covered include:

-          Social media

-          Healthy living

-          Future plans

-          Holidays

-          Social issues

 

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

 

Topics covered include:

-          Holidays

-          TV, cinema, music and literature

-          Going out

-          The environment

-          Healthy living

 

Year 10 Overview

French/Spanish at GCSE:

 

Topics covered include:

·       Me, my family and friends

·       New technologies

·       Home, town, neighbourhood and region

 

Students are assessed at the end of each unit of study and sit mock examinations in July.

 

 

 

Year 11 Overview

French/Spanish at GCSE:

 

Topics covered include:

 

·       Healthy/ unhealthy living

·       Life at school/ college

·       Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/ communities

·       Travel and tourism

 

Students are assessed at the end of each unit of study and sit mock examinations in December.

 

Exam board used for GCSE

AQA

 

French: Specification number 8658

 

Spanish: Specification number 8698

 

Link to the specification from the exam board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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