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Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Aims of the Department

The department aims to introduce students to another language and involve them in Global Citizenship, offering insights into the lives of young people in French and Spanish speaking countries.

All students are supported in their learning and are given the opportunity to achieve their potential in French or Spanish.

We encourage and promote learning of other languages and organise GCSE examinations for our bi-lingual students. The department makes a significant contribution to the literacy standards of each student.

Strengths of the Department

Members of the department use a variety of teaching styles. Students will be involved in a range of activities to help them develop their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills, as well as a more precise grasp of grammar.

Resources used are designed to engage the students with the topic areas, whilst preparing them for the skills they will require for KS4. We subscribe to various online resources which support learning at both Key Stages.

Staff have high expectations of students and are always available to help outside of lesson times.


In recent years there has been an increase in the number of students continuing to study languages to GCSE.

We have had links with a high school in France and we have regular contact with our partner school in Namibia. Year 7 students have the opportunity to travel to Paris or Spain during our Activities Week, in July. We have close links with the University of Manchester and our students occasionally benefit from undergraduates working alongside us in the classroom.

Amongst our extra-curricular language activities are our film club (Foreign Film Fanatics) and the MFL Spelling Bee, a lunchtime club when pupils are trained for a regional/national competition.

KS3 MFL Curriculum

At KS3, all students study either French or Spanish. The courses we use are ‘Studio’ and ‘Viva’. Students will work through a variety of topics such as my school, my home life, my family, hobbies and interests, my holidays, and food and drink…

Through these topics, we learn appropriate vocabulary and grammar, as well as improving literacy skills, thinking skills and problem solving skills.

KS4 MFL Curriculum



What is assessed





There is a new specification for MFL starting in September 2016. The course is now divided into three main themes.

  • Theme 1: Identity and Culture
  • Theme 2: Local, National, International, Global.
  • Theme 3: Current and Future Study and Employment

These themes will be studied over the two years, and will be assessed at the end of Y11.

1 - listening


  • Topics from across the two years
  • You will have questions in English and Spanish. Answer in the question language.

35 mins – F
45 mins – H

40 – F
50 - H


2 – speaking


  • You will have preparation time before the exam
  • Role-play card (2 mins)
  • Photo card (2 mins – F, 3 mins – H)
  • General conversation (4 mins – F, 6 mins – H)

7-9 mins – F
10-12 mins - H

RP – 15
PC – 15
GC - 30


3 – reading


  • Topics from across the two years
  • You will have questions in English and Spanish. Answer in the question language.
  • Translation from Spanish to English

45 mins – F
60 mins – H

40 – F
50 - H


4 - writing



  • 3 questions which require a written response – getting progressively longer and more challenging
  • Translation from English to Spanish


  • 1 structured writing task
  • 1 open ended writing task
  • Translation from English to Spanish

60 mins – F
75 mins - H

50 – F
60 - H



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