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Modern Foreign Languages

"Modern languages are my favourite subjects. I have studied French for 3 years and started Spanish this year. The activities are always in different styles so you have to be imaginative and it’s really fun."

"The teachers are all nice and easy to talk to but they still teach efficiently and with lots of detail."

"We combine subjects as well, for example we often have computer lessons or write on a topic in another language. This makes it interesting and challenging. Recently in a video presentation I tried greenscreening myself in front of some of my artwork and photos, speaking French. It turned out really well and next time I’ll try something new! Languages are fantastic because we combine lots of things to make it enjoyable, and those who learn faster can study extra as well, so it’s really good."

The MFL Faculty offers French and Spanish in alternate years. The most able in languages study two languages in Years 8 and 9. The vast majority of students study a language to GCSE level, with some opting to take two languages to this level.

A typical lesson would involve a variety of activities with an emphasis on the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. Students work individually, in pairs and in groups and use a range of ICT materials in order to engage with the language on a cultural level as well as linguistically.

Key Stage 4

Students follow a 2 year course in Year 10 & Year 11, AQA French or Spanish to either Foundation or Higher Tier at GCSE. The exam consists of the following:

  • 25% Speaking - a 15 minute test consisting of a pre-prepared role-play and photo card, plus a general conversation on several topic areas.
  • 25% Listening - examined at the end of Year 11.
  • 25% Reading - (including translation from target lanuguage to English) examined at the end of Year 11.
  • 25% Writing - At foundation tier students complete a photo description, a 40 word response, a translation from English into the target language, and finally a 90 word response. At higher tier, students complete a 90 word response, a 150 word response, and an extended translation from English into the target language.

Enrichment Opportunities

  • Year 7 Flying Theatre
  • Year 8 International Day - combining MFL with international business
  • Year 9 Trip to Spain or France
  • Mentoring Opportunities with other students

Modern Foreign Languages Faculty

  • Julie Rogers-Hussey - Head of Faculty
  • Natalie Smith - Assistant Head of Faculty
  • Jessica Fry-Morales - responsible for Key Stage Three Languages
  • Claudia Ponce
  • Chris Roberts
  • Katarina Cvancigerova
  • Chani Kaur - Curriculum Assistant