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Modern Foreign Languages


Modern Foreign Languages

Years 7 & 8

Learners will develop key communication skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. They will learn how to speak to a native Spanish speaker across a variety of situations, gain an increased understanding of other cultures and also learn the grammar necessary to conjugate verbs, speak using different tenses and through this gain an enhanced understanding and appreciation of their own first language.  Students will cover all of the themes that are included in their GCSE curriculum.

Year 9 

Learners will develop key communication skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in French. They will learn how to speak to a native French speaker across a variety of situations, gain an increased understanding of other cultures and also learn the grammar necessary to conjugate verbs, speak using different tenses and through this gain an enhanced understanding and appreciation of their own first language. Students will cover all of the themes that are included in their GCSE curriculum.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

In Key Stage 4 most students continue with the language that they have studied in KS3. There is also an opportunity for keen linguists to learn a second GCSE language (French or Spanish) ab initio. 

Our examination board is AQA:

AQA GCSE French Specification

AQA GCSE Spanish Specification

Students will sit 4 equally weighted examinations at the end of Year 11: listening, reading, writing and speaking. In languages there are two tiers of entry: Foundation (which enables a student to achieve Grades 1-5) and Higher (which enables students to achieve Grades 4 right up to 9). 

In addition students are able to sit a GCSE in their home language (please check the AQA and Pearson websites for the full list of GCSE qualifications on offer).

Assessment

Students are assessed at key points in the school calendar (Cumulative Knowledge Tests). In all year groups students sit the United Learning assessment in Term 6. At GCSE level students are assessed after each module to practice GCSE skills.  Mock examinations take place in Years 10 and 11.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

We have an enrichment programme, and we plan to take students on a residential trip to Spain when they have enough language skill under their belt. We offer a Japanese Language and Culture course as well as Latin within the Cambridge Cluster of MFL schools. Home Languages GCSEs are offered.

For examples of future study and career opportunities with languages, please click here.