- Mrs Jones (Head of MFL)
- Ms Scenini (Course Director, Spanish)
- Miss Walker (International Links Co-ordinator)
- Mr Hewitt
- Mr Langley
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 French students have the opportunity to travel to Paris 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.
The 2016-2017 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.
The 2016-2017 KS4 MFL Curriculum
We use the AQA French and Spanish GCSE courses.
Students have to complete two pieces of Controlled Assessments in Writing (overall worth 30%) and two pieces of Controlled Assessments in Speaking (also worth 30%).
There are examinations in Listening and Reading (each worth 20%) at the end of the course (the end of year 11).
All students should be regularly working on ‘Vocab Express’ and ‘Memrise’ –websites the school subscribes to, to assist students to improve their vocabulary retention.